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NCSAM 2020

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020

Observed every October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

Since its original inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Cybersecurity Awareness Month has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation. Now in its 17th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact co-led by NCSA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA).

The overarching theme for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” The theme empowers individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, with a particular emphasis on the key message for 2020: “If you connect it, protect it.”  If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone. 

Backdoors and Breaches with Black Hills Security

Join the Texas State Information Security Office and Black Hills Security for a Zoom webcast featuring the analysts and staff from the ISO, where the team will be faced with a scenario they have to solve in real time while you watch and observe how an ISO would respond to a real-world incident. This is a unique opportunity to see how an ISO works, how analysts discover threats and vulnerabilities, and finally how an office like our responds to there threats and how we inform the people who need to know. 

After the spectator event the office will host breakout rooms where you can participate in audience-friendly table-top exercises and experience the challenge of solving a security incident yourself. There will be limited space for the breakout rooms, so get to the event early so you can sign up to play.

Follow this link to register to play - Please register using your Texas State email address with your NetID (ex: netid@txstate.edu)

Watch the video to learn about the game. Fair warning, it's a bit long, but a good primer on the game if you are interested in playing.

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NCSAM 2020 - SPEAKER LINEUP

Aaron Bayles

Guest Speaker: Aaron Bayles - Security Consulting Senior Manager - Accenture

Wednesday, Oct. 7:  2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Aaron Bayles is a Security Consulting Senior Manager and author working within Accenture’s Operational Technology (OT) Security practice. He has over 24 years’ experience within the oil & gas, energy utility, financial, government, and education sectors focused on information and cybersecurity in both Information Technology (IT) and OT.  He will focus on wireless device security and how it ties to personal data privacy and protection, with a focus on device cyber hygiene, VPN usage, awareness of scamware, and data protection.

Register to Attend

Students must log in using their NetID.


Nick Santora

Guest Speaker: Nick Santora - CEO, Curricula

Wednesday, Oct. 14:  2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Nick Santora founded Curricula after a 7-year career at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the enforcement agency responsible for regulating the power grid across North America. Nick spends time advocating and advising critical infrastructure utilities on how to improve their cyber security programs. He is internationally recognized as a cyber security expert and speaks regularly at security conferences across North America on the psychology behind influencing employees within security awareness programs.

Register to Attend

Students must log in using their NetID.


James Lee

Guest Speaker: James Lee, COO - Identity Theft Resource Center

Wednesday, Oct. 21:  2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 

James E. Lee is the Chief Operating Officer of the ITRC. A data protection and technology veteran, James is the former EVP & Company Secretary of Irish application security company Waratek and former SVP & Chief Marketing Officer for Atlanta-based data pioneer ChoicePoint (now LexisNexis). He also chaired two working groups for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on identity management and privacy. He will speak on the recent trend of data breaches in schools and higher education.

Register to Attend

Students must log in using their NetID.


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Backdoors and Breaches Live Game Session

Wednesday, Oct. 28:  2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how the ISO tackles real-life data security issues. Backdoors and Breaches is an incident response game developed by Black Hills Security to assist organizations in refining their incident response practices, develop new procedures, and deal with incidents holistically, all based on the roll of a dice!

Stay after the session to participant in breakout sessions.

Register here - space is limited. Please register using your Texas State email address with your NetID (ex: netid@txstate.edu)

The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are impacted by the internet.

Under the overarching theme of "Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart" the 17th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is focused on empowering individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, with a particular emphasis on the key message for 2020: “If you connect it, protect it.” 

If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone. 

NCSAM Weekly Themes

Week 1 - If You Connect It, Protect It.

If you connect it, protect it. The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. This network of connections creates both opportunities and challenges for individuals and organizations across the globe. The first week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will highlight the ways in which internet-connected devices have impacted our lives and will empower all users to own their role in security by taking steps to reduce their risks. 

Week 2 - Securing Devices at Home and Work.

2020 saw a major disruption in the way many work, learn, and socialize online. Our homes are more connected than ever. Our businesses are more connected than ever. With more people now working from home, these two internet-connected environments are colliding on a scale we’ve never seen before, introducing a whole new set of potential vulnerabilities that users must be conscious of. Week 2 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will focus on steps users and organizations can take to protect internet connected devices for both personal and professional use.

Week 3 - Securing Internet-Connected Devices.

The healthcare industry is increasingly relying upon internet-connected devices and solutions to improve patient care, organizational efficiency, speed of crisis response, and much more. The emergence of telemedicine, digital health records, internet-connected medical devices, patient wellness apps, and an increasing amount of third parties entering the health supply chain has created many benefits, but has also exposed the industry to vulnerabilities that cyber criminals regularly attempt to exploit. The third week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will delve into the industry (hospitals, care facilities) and consumer (telemedicine patients) implications of internet-connected device use and what steps both can take own their part and #BeCyberSmart.

Week 4 - The Future of Connected Devices

The final week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will look at the future of connected devices. This week will look at how technological innovations, such as 5G, might impact consumers’ and business’ online experiences (e.g. faster speeds and data transmission, larger attack surface for hackers), as well as how people/infrastructure can adapt to the continuous evolution of the connected devices moving forward. No matter what the future holds, however, every user needs to be empowered to do their part.