OIT Supports National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 16, 2017

Written by: Danicia Steele, Communications Specialist

This month, Office of Information Security (OIS), within the Office of Information Technology (OIT), is supporting National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This annual campaign is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to increase awareness about cybersecurity worldwide. Throughout the month participants are educated on potential threats and provided the tools and resources needed to stay safe while online.

Kevin Kjosa speaking to students

(Information Security Operations Officer Kevin Kjosa educating students on phishing.)

OIS is committed to protecting data, systems, and information, as well as educating the UTSA community about various beneficial methods of cyber protection that are generally quick and easy. Cyber threats have varying agendas all of which include gaining access to the university’s data and network resources and your personal information. The threats come from single actors, criminal organizations, and nation states. However, by building the UTSA community’s cyber awareness, we can help prevent cyber-attacks.

OIT tabling for cyber security month

(CRCT tabling for National Cyber Security Awareness Month.)

Throughout the month, OIT will be providing cyber security training and marketing useful cyber security tips to help keep the university safe. OIT’s Customer Relations, Communications, and Training (CRCT) team will be tabling at the UTSA Main Campus in the University Center to help increase the awareness of cyber threats and educate UTSA students, faculty and staff on the proper practices to avoid threats. CRCT will also be posting security tips on social media and are available to answer any questions users have about protecting their personal information.

The NCSAM promoting will be performed weekly by the following CRCT Staff:

  • Communications Specialist Danicia Steele
  • Multimedia Designer III Yuri Martinez-Ramos
  • Webmaster Dalinda Milne
  • Project Coordinator Rosalind Ong
  • Communications Specialist Nicole Duff
  • Communications Specialist Kelsey Evans

“Since 2004, the nation has observed National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October,” said Information Security Officer Kevin Kjosa. “All of us have a role to play in protecting our systems and our data from cyber-attacks. Cyber security is a shared responsibility to protect ourselves, our university and our nation.”

OIT encourages all UTSA faculty, staff, and students to take part in protecting themselves and the university’s data. Information Security is everyone's responsibility! You can do your part with these simple steps to counter the threats we face and to help ensure your systems and your data remain safe:

  • Being wary of emails from those you don't know or trust.
  • Avoiding using your myUTSA ID for anything other than valid UTSA services. 
  • Using backup services for all your files.
  • Keeping malware off of your computer and making sure your online activity is encrypted. 

For more student information on Cyber Security, click here.

For more faculty and staff information on Cyber Security, click here.

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