National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month! The month was originally created by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security. Starting back in 2004, the month promotes the use of good security hygiene for online activity. This includes but is not limited to:

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.

Password Management:

  • 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. 

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. 

Incident Response:

Working Remotely:

  • Some tips include to keep your devices patched with the latest security patches, be mindful of any links you click on, and enable your host-based firewall.

This month's theme is also “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” so be sure to keep up good security hygiene practices and to spread the word!


Upcoming Events:

Anteater Insider Live: Pandemic Cybersecurity: Rising risks and How to Keep Your Work Tech Secure

Date: Friday, September 30, 2020 at 12pm


  • Bryan Cunningham, Executive Director of the UCI Cyber Security Policy & Research Institute
  • April Sather, Assistant Chief Information Security Officer of UCI Office of Information Technology

Anteater Insider Live | Pandemic Cybersecurity Recording


DHS Presentation: Doing our Part to Stay Cyber-Safe

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Date: Friday, October 16, 2020 at 1pm

Description: As we adjust our personal, professional and educational lives around COVID-19, we need to be mindful about the threats that still lurk online. Join us and our guest Mr. Joseph Oregon from the Department of Homeland Security’s newly created agency to address cyber and physical risk, the Cyber Security Advisor for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as we discuss how to do our Part to stay cyber-safe.

Joseph Oregon serves as the Cybersecurity Advisor, Region IX, for the Cybersecurity Division (CSD), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). He supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure. His program coordinates cyber preparedness, risk mitigation, and incident response, and provides cyber security resources, including assessments, to the nation’s sixteen critical infrastructure sectors and state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities.

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FBI Presentation: Cyber Threatscape

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Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2pm

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.

FBI Presentation Registration Link




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

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Mobile App Security Poster

Out-of-Date Software Poster

Working Remotely Safeguards Poster

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