TechTalk 10.27.2016

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

We’re in the midst of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a time to review what we can do to stay safe online, protect our personal information and safeguard our computers against compromise.

Universities and their communities are well-advised to keep cybersecurity in mind. Between 2005-14, 727 breaches were reported at educational institutions (including higher education, trade schools, secondary schools, and nonprofit organizations in the education sector). These resulted in more than 14 million records being made public. In 2014, 10 percent of reported security breaches involved the education sector.

The "Stop.Think.Connect." campaign aims to increase awareness of simple steps people can take to strengthen their cybersecurity. In addition, the National Cyber Security Alliance, in partnership with the private sector and non-profit organizations, recently launched the "Lock Down Your Login" campaign to empower Americans to take control of their online accounts by adding an extra layer of security beyond just using passwords, called multi-factor authentication.

There's also information you can review that is tailored for Cornell. A series of videos cover the subject of data hygiene: Good habits you can establish to protect Cornell information, at

For more information on multi-factor authentication in the Cornell environment, visit:

For more information about Stop.Think.Connect., visit:

To learn how to increase the security of your accounts across the Internet, see:

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