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October is cyber-security awareness month

Author: ITS

Posted on Oct 18, 2013

Category: IT Announcements , Tips and Tricks , General Interest

While October is probably best known for Halloween costumes, trick or treating and scary movies, there's another reason for students, faculty and staff to take notice of the month.

It's also Cyber Security Awareness month in Canada and in countries around the world.

Cyber Security is a growing area of concern for individuals, organizations, government and police. At the University of New Brunswick, Information Technology Services is actively involved in protecting UNB's technology assets and critical data from misuse, theft and abuse. As part of that effort, ITS ensures that critical systems and infrastructure are secure and works diligently to ensure that new services that are implemented are done so securely.

But Cyber Security isn't just an effort for our full-time IT team. Every student, faculty and staff member at UNB plays a critical role in helping ensure UNB's IT environment is as safe and secure as possible.

PadlockHow you can help

There are a number of steps you can take to help protect yourself and protect the university. Those steps include:

1) Education - if you haven't had a chance to complete UNB's IT security awareness course in Desire2Learn, please consider doing so. The course can be accessed via the Free Courses option at the bottom of the list of available courses.

2) Set a strong password for your computing devices and your IT services. You should try to set unique passwords for your UNB IT services, your social media services, online banking and more. Where possible, enable multi-factor authentication. For example, in online banking, enable a security question in addition to your password. For mobile devices such as a tablets and smartphones, ensure you set either a password or secure authentication such as custom pattern code.

3) Never open e-mail attachments or click on links in e-mails from unknown sources.

4) Never provide your UNB login ID or password via e-mail or after clicking on a link to an unknown website. This is known as Phishing.

5) Be careful how much personal information you provide via social media including your home town, your age or date of birth and your current location (via location tracking / geolocation services). Check the privacy settings on your social media accounts and review your location settings on your smartphone or tablet.