Center for Information Technology Services

Memo from Co-Chair, HEISC and Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Maryland, Baltimore

As co-chair of the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC), and on behalf of my fellow HEISC co-chairs—Michele Norin (outgoing) and Elias Eldayrie (incoming)—I am pleased to remind all of you that this year marks the 10th National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

HEISC is partnering with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to promote cybersecurity awareness this October.

Here are seven ways for you and your institution to show support while creating a culture of cyber safety and security on your campus:

  1. Participate in the October 1 EDUCAUSE Live! webinar (1-2 pm EDT), “8 Mobile Device Security Steps": http://www.educause.edu/events/educause-live-8-mobile-device-security-steps

  2. Hold cybersecurity awareness events on your campus during October and throughout the year. For more information, consult HEISC’s NCSAM Resource Kit: http://tinyurl.com/NCSAMresourcekit

  3. Become a NCSAM Champion: http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/champions

  4. Share the 2013 student video and poster contest winners: www.educause.edu/svc<http://www.educause.edu/svc

  5. Get social & join the #HigherEd #NCSAM conversation: http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/join-highered-ncsam-conversation

  6. Conduct a cybersecurity awareness or training session for the staff in your IT organization

  7. Read what you can do in less than a minute to all year round: http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/how-colleges-and-universities-can-support-ncsam

Peter Murray
Co-Chair, Higher Education Information Security Council Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Maryland, Baltimore