October Is National Cyber Security Month
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and 2018 marks NCSAM’s 15th year! Once again, UCLA is a Cyber Champion among higher educational institutions nationwide that are participating in NCSAM campaigns to raise cyber awareness within their campus communities and to encourage everyone to protect their computers, mobile devices, networks, data, and private information.
As our lives continue to become more interconnected, our use of online technology continues to grow. Even when we are not directly connected to the internet, the infrastructure of a worldwide network of computers supports our daily lives and choices. Beyond our typical use of cell phones and computers, we use technology to track many essentials of our daily lives including gaming, nutrition, recreation, shopping, exercise, with devices in our cars, in our homes, and just about everywhere – our last Google search, our last Amazon purchase, etc. Our daily choices have the potential to impact our community as a whole and individually. The reality is our lives are very closely tied to the data that feeds and make up the internet.
As a community, all of us at UCLA should be individually and collectively responsible to secure the devices and networks we use. Our individual choices have the potential to impact the cyber-safety of our entire UCLA community. We can proactively increase our campus community’s safety by cultivating cybersecure habits consistent with latest security practices and rooted in the willingness to learn and share our of knowledge with others. Together we can foster a more safe, resistant, and protected environment.
The IT Security Office welcomes you to be part of our collective efforts to keep UCLA safe. Keep an eye out for our banner flags around campus, the posters, digital signs, and safety and security tips/videos on Twitter and Facebook. Help lead our campus by cultivating cyber-awareness throughout National Cyber Security Awareness Month and beyond. Never underestimate the difference that each and every Bruin can make in this effort – It’s Our Shared Responsibility.