The Marquette University Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense is engaged in spreading awareness through education and community involvement. As part of our commitment to the Marquette community, we wish to remind all faculty, staff and students that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The NCSAM initiative was co-founded and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security. We are joining more than 700 partners in the observance of this import event.
October 1 marks the start of this campaign that is designed to reach out to all digital citizens. The threats are real and the defenses begin with awareness of them. Simple common sense measures make a difference. The Internet is a shared resource. When one of us is more secure, we are all more secure.
STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is the overall theme for education about staying safe online. Each week during NCSAM there will be a particular theme to the campaign. We will provide links to simple actionable advice that anyone can follow. Security is about taking precautions, thinking of consequences, and connecting safely to enjoy the benefits of the Internet.
To support NCSAM, the Marquette Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense is hosting several events:
- There will be a workshop on Thursday, Oct. 26, and a presentation on Cyber Security on Thursday, Oct. 19, that are co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau.
- On Friday, Oct. 20, Marquette will host a Colloquium on Cyber Security Awareness.
The colloquium is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Waukesha County Technical College, a two-year National Center for Academic Excellence in cyber security. The colloquium is open to the Marquette Community. It will feature a morning session looking at K-12 education to answer these questions and share insights:
- What are our schools doing to promote cyber security awareness?
- What are they doing to make students aware of careers?
- What are they doing to prepare students for careers?
The afternoon will be dedicated to investigating what organizations can do to train employees and become more aware of the threats and defenses.
Faculty, staff, and students can register for the colloquium here.