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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Report a cybersecurity incident through the appropriate means. You can report a security incident here: https://security.uci.edu/incident.html and a privacy incident here: https://privacy.uci.edu/report-incident.php.
- 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!
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
DHS Presentation: Doing our Part to Stay Cyber-Safe
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.
FBI Presentation: Cyber Threatscape
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.