Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness month! The month was originally created by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security. Participate in the drawing, attend the events, or spread the word to celebrate.


Giveaway: Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Complete the quick security quiz and be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards! Winners will be picked at random at the end of the October and contacted through email. Participants must have a UCI Gmail account and can only enter in once. You do not have to get all the questions right in order to participate in the drawing and you must be UCI-affiliated to win. Quick Security Quiz Link



FBI Presentation: Cyber Threatscape

Cyber Threatscape

Date: October 26th, 2021 @ 11am

Description:  Understanding what the cyber threats are to UCI Faculty and Students.  The FBI will share their perspectives on the cyber threat landscape, and will provide tips to protect themselves from these threats.

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Michael Sohn is currently leading a squad at the FBI Los Angeles Field Division that is responsible for investigating computer and high-technology crimes. His investigative experience includes cyber terrorism, nation-state and criminal cyber intrusion matters.  Prior to his employment with the FBI, he worked as a Cyber Counterintelligence Officer for the Department of the Army, a Counter Terrorism officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency, a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and a U.S. Army Officer.  Mr. Sohn received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, Boston.

Registration Link


Data Disposal Day

Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Time: 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Location: Parking Lot 12A near the Natural Sciences buildings

Properly disposing of e-waste is an important component of cybersecurity. Improper disposal, donation, or recycling of e-waste may inadvertently disclose sensitive information, which could be exploited by cyber criminals. Each of us is responsible for the security of information assets with which we work. 

Much like e-waste, keeping paper records with sensitive information that no longer need to be maintained under the UC Records Retention Schedule is both a security and privacy risk. Good document hygiene includes shredding unnecessary paper and deleting e-records with sensitive information that is consistent with the UC University Records Management Program (BFB-RMP-1) and the UC Records Retention Schedule.

Data Disposal Day Page


Security Topics

Multi-Factor Authentication:

  • Use Multi-factor (Two-factor) authentication for your online accounts. This method uses two or more factors for authentication and includes but is not limited to: Something You Have, Something You Know, and something You Are. 

Password Security:

  • Create a long and different password for each online account with a minimum of 8 characters. Use a mixture of different sets of characters and use a password management tool to help store passwords.


  • Be sure to automatically backup your data and apply the latest security patches. Doing so will keep your software current and helps to address security vulnerabilities. 

Phishing/E-mail Scams:

  • Look out for phishing/email scams asking for your information. Some senders may masquerade as someone you know or a legitimate organization. Their aim may be to acquire personal or financial information among other items.


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CISA: National Cyber Security Awareness Month

DHS: Department of Homeland Security Be Cyber Smart

NIST: National Institute of Standards and Technology (Cybersecurity)

SANS: SysAdmin, Audit, Networking, and Security

Have I Been Pwned: E-mail Compromise Checker

Krebs on Security

Security Now Podcast

FTC Recognizing and Avoiding Phishing Scams

UC-Wide CSAM Events