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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.


Picture of computer and credit cardCybersecurity for the Holiday Online Shopping Season

November/December 2018

Awareness Toolkit:

| Article | Posters | Video Shorts | Social Media | Additional Resources |


Tips to Protect Your Information during the Holiday Online Shopping Season
Online shopping continues to grow in popularity. Last year’s Cyber Monday was the biggest online shopping day in the history of the US, including record breaking mobile sales. When you shop in person, it's habit to bring reusable bags, lock the car, and put away your cash or credit card when you’re done with your purchase. Similar habits can protect you, your purchases, and your identity when you're shopping online during the holiday season and year-round. [More... See the full article]


Holiday Cybersecurity Posters - Click on thumbnail for full size flyer
Flyer: Keep Calm and Shop Safely Flyer: Be a Cybersmart Holiday Shopper Flyer: Be a Cybersmart Holiday Shopper

Video Shorts:

Social Media:

Below are social media "Quick Picks". Additional posts are available in the full toolkit for those looking for a wider variety.

  • Keep a Clean Machine → Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats. #CyberAware #UCInfoSec #HSTUCInfoSec #UCCyberStrong [Keep a Clean Machine graphic #1]
  • Smart appliances and connected devices – such as thermostats, toys and home assistants – should be kept up to date with the latest security software. If not, you’re at greater risk of hackers accessing your network and information. #CyberAware #UCInfoSec #HSTUCInfoSec #UCCyberStrong [Keep a Clean Machine graphic #2]
  • Secure Your WiFi Router → Set a strong passphrase (at least 12 characters long) for your Wi-Fi network. Keep it positive and easy to remember like “Ilovecountrymusic!” #CyberAware #UCInfoSec #HSTUCInfoSec #UCCyberStrong [Secure Router graphic]
  • Have you changed your Wi-Fi router’s default name and passphrase? Set a strong passphrase (at least 12 characters long) and name your network in a way that doesn’t let people know it’s in your house. #CyberAware #UCInfoSec #HSTUCInfoSec #UCCyberStrong [Secure Router graphic]
  • No lock? Don't shop! Stay safe online during holiday shopping season. #OnlineSafety #CyberAware #UCInfoSec #HSTUCInfoSec #UCCyberStrong [Secure padlock graphic]
  • HTTPS is your friend. If the "S" is missing in a URL, it's not safe to use a credit card or share other personal info! #SafeBrowsing #UCInfoSec #HSTUCInfoSec #UCCyberStrong
  • Free isn't always better. Public Wi-Fi could expose your credit card info to cybercriminals. #OnlineSafety #CyberAware #UCInfoSec #HSTUCInfoSec #UCCyberStrong
  • Does that deal sound too good to be true? It probably is! Shop smart & research before you purchase. #OnlineSafety #CyberAware #UCInfoSec #HSTUCInfoSec #UCCyberStrong
  • Is your credit card secure? Be sure & check your statement often—especially during the holidays! #OnlineSafety #CyberAware #UCInfoSec #HSTUCInfoSec #UCCyberStrong

Additional Resources:

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October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Champion logoThe Systemwide Information Security Awareness Workgroup 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.


All events have passed. Please see links below for recordings where available.

  • Oct 10, 11:30AM-12:30PM: UC Davis Health NCSAM Event - “Fighting Hackers: Health Care’s Newest Threat” with Jeff Tully, MD. Live Stream recording is available at (see “Speaker Events,” right side of page).
  • 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. Details. No recording available.
  • Oct 16, 9AM-3PM: UC Riverside Cybersecurity Open House. Highlander Union Building (HUB) room 355. Please stop by. No registration necessary.
  • 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.  Recording. 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. No recording available.
  • Oct 30, 11AM-Noon: UCSF NCSAM webinar.
    "When IoT Attacks - Understanding the Safety Risks Associated with Connected Devices". Information and recording:
  • Public event: October 11, 10-11 AM: EDUCAUSE Live! NCSAM Webinar: "Campus-Wide Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Saturation Campaign". Registration is required to view.

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.

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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