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Information Security Awareness

Technology alone can't always protect our computers and information. Being aware of information security issues and following best practices are excellent ways to protect yourself, your family and the UC community.


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Champion logoThe Systemwide Information Security Awareness Workgroup has put together a wide variety of events, materials and resources for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) that are available to all UC campuses. We hope these resources save everyone time and effort by providing a range of customizable options. A summary is below. Please visit the systemwide NCSAM page for details.


  • Oct 16, 11AM-1PM: UCOP NCSAM Forum, in-person only.
    "Cybersecurity and Human Trafficking – What you need Know." Also, security for personal Apple devices, and a raffle. Light lunch is included. Please see UCOP's Eventbrite page for details and registration.
  • Oct 16, 9AM-3PM: UC Riverside Cybersecurity Open House. Details coming soon.
  • Oct 22, 3PM: UCSB NCSAM event, available on Zoom Video Conferencing.
    Dr. Giovanni Vigna, PhD - "The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity".
    Dr. Vigna will discuss how Artificial Intelligence is used in security and what are the (little understood) pitfalls of adversarial machine learning. Check back here for more information. Zoom information:, or join by phone 669-900-6833 or 646-876-9923 Webinar ID: 621 561 285. About Dr. Vigna:
  • Oct 25, 10-11AM: UCSF FBI talk, in-person only.
    “Current Trends in Theft of Intellectual Property” by Nikki Betz, FBI Special Agent. Please see UCSF’s Eventbrite page for details and registration.
  • Oct 30, 11AM-Noon: UCSF NCSAM webinar.
    "When IoT Attacks - Understanding the Safety Risks Associated with Connected Devices". See UCSF's Event Calendar for details and connection information.
  • Public event: October 11, 10-11 AM: EDUCAUSE Live! NCSAM Webinar: "Campus-Wide Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Saturation Campaign". Registration is required.

Awareness Toolkits:

  • Lock Down Your Login (articles, posters, video shorts, MFA resources, social media posts)
  • Make It a Habit! Eight Cybersecurity Habits to Keep You Safe (article, posters, video short, tipsheet, postcard, social media posts, FTC materials)
  • Connect Securely (poster & infographic, video short, FAQ)
  • IS-3 Protection Level Visuals (a variety of visuals to help promote awareness of the new IS-3 Protection Levels)


  • General NCSAM social media posts and graphics
  • Outreach strategies
  • Educause NCSAM resources

Please visit the systemwide NCSAM page for details.

Back-to-School Cybersecurity Awareness Toolkit

Fall 2018

Materials in this toolkit are available to the entire UC community. Below is a "Quick Pick" version of the toolkit, only containing items intended to be quick and easy to use or customize (e.g. substituting a local URL and/or logo for the systemwide one provided). Additional materials are available in the full toolkit for those looking for a wider variety from which to choose or modify. The hashtag for this campaign is #btsucinfosec.

| Article | Poster | Videos | Tipsheets | Tweets | FTC Materials |

Article: Be alert for cybersecurity scams as the school year begins

The new school year is an exciting time for hackers, identity thieves, and other unscrupulous types who take advantage of people during this busy time of year. Watch out for typical beginning-of-the-year scams, and follow good habits to help you stay safe. [More... See the full "Back-to-School" article]


flyer-click for PDF: Be alert to cyber scams as the school year begins.
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Video Shorts


General information

Specific types of scams


  • Verify requests for private information (yours or anyone’s), even if the request seems to come from someone you know. Con artists know how to fake their identity. #CyberAware #btsucinfosec
  • Protect your passwords. Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) where possible. #CyberAware #btsucinfosec
  • Trust your instincts: Does that message feel off? It probably is. Contact the sender to confirm it's legit. #Phishing #CyberAware #btsucinfosec
  • Never give out information over the phone if you did not initiate the call. #CyberAware #btsucinfosec
  • Legitimate businesses will never ask for your password or SSN. #IdentityTheft #CyberAware #btsucinfosec
  • Afraid you’ve fallen for a #phishing scam? Stop what you’re doing & change your password immediately! Then notify the Help Desk. #CyberAware #btsucinfosec
  • Phishing attacks: the first and best line of defense is a good offense. Report phishy communications to your IT department. #CyberAware #btsucinfosec
  • Beware of fake login page scams targeting universities. Get to login pages by a path you know is legitimate, not by clicking on a link in a message.  #CyberAware #btsucinfosec

FTC Materials

Printed materials from the Federal Trade Commission that you can order in bulk for free.

(end of Back-to-School Cybersecurity Toolkit)

Cybersecurity: Make It a Habit!

Good habits are the foundation of cybersecurity just like they are for safety and security in the physical world -- like locking your front door or wearing your seat belt in the car.

Here are eight important cybersecurity habits to incorporate into your online life. Try to make these habits automatic. They will help protect your information, your family and your work. They'll also reduce your risk of getting scammed!

  1. Always think twice before clicking on links or opening attachments.
  2. Verify requests for private information (yours or anyone’s), even if the request seems to come from someone you know.
  3. Protect your passwords.
  4. Protect your stuff! Lock it up or take it with you before you leave.
  5. Keep a clean machine! Keep your devices, apps, browsers, and anti-virus/anti-malware software patched and up to date.
  6. Back up critical files.
  7. Delete sensitive information when you are done with it.
  8. If it’s suspicious, report it!

[More... See the "Make it a Habit!" page]


There has been a lot in the news about ransomware lately. Recent ransomware attacks have caused high-profile business shut downs, including the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s ticketing system, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and the University of Calgary, just to name a few.

Ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting users of all types—from the home user to the corporate network. This article provides some background on what Ransomware is and how to protect yourself.

[More... See the full ransomware article]

SANS OUCH Monthly Security Awareness Newsletters

"Each issue focuses on and explains a specific topic and actionable steps people can take to protect themselves, their family and their organization."

SANS Security Awareness Tip of the Day

Each day SANS posts a new tip that focuses on and explains a specific topic and actionable steps people can take to protect themselves, their family and their organization. In addition, each tip is linked to an OUCH! newsletter so you can learn more about the topic, in over 20 languages.

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