Cyber Security Awareness

ncsamOctober is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The theme for the month is "Our Shared Responsibility". In recognition of that theme, each week we will be focusing on a different security topic and providing tips and resources that you can use to help keep your computing experience at Pitt safe and secure. So be sure to check back each week!

We also have a great lineup of events planned this month, including a Cyber Security Symposium on Tuesday, October 21 and our second annual Cyber Security Scarehouse on Monday, October 27. Details are available below. We hope to see you there!



Cyber Security Symposium: October 21

Join us for a Cyber Security Symposium on October 21 in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff. Food and refreshments will be provided.

David J. Hickton, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, will lead off the symposium with a discussion of federal law enforcement efforts related to cyber security. Mr. Hickton led the investigation of the individual emailing bomb threats against the University in 2012.

David Kennedy, President and CEO of TrustedSec and an expert on hacking, will conclude the symposium by examining the anatomy of a cyber attack. The discussion will explore how cyber criminals identify a target and then exploit a security weakness to achieve their goals.

Cyber Security Scarehouse: October 27


Our Cyber Security Scarehouse offers students an opportunity to learn essential security tips and tools while having a great time. This year's Scarehouse will take place on Monday, October 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room, Ballroom, and Kurtzman room.

Stop by for free T-shirts and a chance to win one of three Microsoft Surface tablets! We'll also have some delicious refreshments (lemonade, popcorn, cookies, brownies) and some spooky guests, including a tarot card reader, palm reader, balloon artist, and caricature artist.

If you are brave enough to make it all the way through our Scarehouse, you will be better prepared to ward off some of the really scary stuff that we see every day: viruses, hackers, phishing scammers, laptop thieves, and more.

Weekly Security Topics

Week 1: Choose a Strong Password


Password tips

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Security Tip of the Day

Each weekday in October we'll be featuring a new security tip. We'll share those tips here as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Previous Cyber Security Awareness Videos

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