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Cyber Security

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The internet can be a dark and spooky place. Malware, identity theft, phishing and other tricks can steal your time, money, and even your identity. The Department of Information Technology is here to bring you technology treats throughout the month of October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

During the month of October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Department of Information Technology provides valuable information about the need for computer security, your role in keeping your devices and applications secure, and tips and information about protecting your identity and the university's data.

Each week, another aspect of cyber security will be highlighted, on the web, on campus and in direct e-mail communications from the Department of Information Technology (DoIT). A short phishing quiz will also be emailed as part of the weekly cybersecurity newsletter. Users that successfully pass the quizzes will be eligible to win an Apple Watch SE 44mm Cellular or up to $150 in Visa gift cards.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month Topics

Password written on a post-it note

Week 1: Passwords

  • Use at least 14 characters; the more characters, the better.
  • Don't re-use the same password on multiple websites or accounts.
  • Make your password easy for you to remember but hard for someone else to guess. Picking letters from a phrase that's meaningful to you may be the source for a good password.
  • Never provide your password over e-mail or based on an e-mail request. Any e-mail that requests your password is almost certainly a fraud. 
  • Protect any recorded passwords. Be careful where you store the passwords that you record or write down. 

Strong Passwords


Week 2: Malware

  • Never click on a link contained in a suspicious email.
  • Use your computer's virus protection software to scan any removable media you insert into your computer.
  • Never uninstall or disable your computer's virus protection software.
  • Alert the Service Desk about virus and malware threats you have received.

Prevent Malware


Week 3: Cyberbullying

  • Save all evidence of cyberbullying.
  • Block the bully on your phone, email and text messaging services.
  • Get a new email account and/or mobile telephone number if necessary.
  • Don't reply to bullying messages.
  • Treat others the way you'd like to be treated.
  • Don't be ashamed to alert the proper authorities about being bullied.

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Protecting your Identity

Week 4: Identity Theft

  • Do not leave wallets, purses or other items that may contain personal information where others have access to them.
  • Do not connect to any unsecure wireless networks from your smart phone , tablet or handheld devices.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when using ATM machines or retail kiosks.
  • Create safe and secure passwords.

Protect your Identity


Week 5: Phishing

  • Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits or email messages from individuals who ask about employees or other internal information.
  • Never click on a link in a suspicious email. Phishing sites typically ask for your credit card or other confidential information.
  • Never respond to requests for personal information via email.
  • Only visit websites by typing the URL into your address bar or using your favorites.
  • Check to make sure that websites that require confidential information use encryption.

Protect your Data

Professional Certificate in Cybersecurity

Seton Hall's Professional Certificate in Cybersecurity provides an opportunity to advance your career prospects in areas that interact with computer and information systems. Participants will learn the essential skills and knowledge in demand in a variety of career tracks, such as business, computer science, information technology, diplomacy, political science, psychology and mathematics. The IT Security Fundamentals program begins October 19th. Learn more