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Northwestern IT Kicks Off Cyber Security Awareness Campaign

Posted Date: 10 Oct 2017

Effective Date: 10 Oct 2017


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Beginning today, Northwestern Information Technology kicks off the 2017-18 security awareness campaign, Secure Northwestern, to coincide with the National Cyber Security Awareness month and the beginning of the academic year. 

"Technology is integral to our mission and as the volume and complexity of current cyber threats increases, we must all continue to be vigilant,” said Thomas P. Murphy, Chief Information Security Officer, Northwestern University. “We are excited to reinforce best practices that will empower our students, faculty, and staff to become even more savvy consumers of digital content.”

The goal of the campaign is to build awareness of cyber security risks and to provide members of the Northwestern community with information and guidance for using technology in a secure manner. Key topics include, phishing, data security, password security, and best practices for keeping personal and University data safe.

“Ultimately, protecting the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of Northwestern's information and information assets is everyone’s responsibility,” said Murphy. “We must all partner to build a secure foundation for a successful Northwestern environment.”

Throughout the year-long campaign, Northwestern IT will distribute security awareness posters on two topics per quarter to be on display in residence halls and on digital displays in the University Library, Norris, The Garage, and other key locations across Evanston and Chicago campuses.

Members of the University may download the current Secure Northwestern campaign posters to post in their lounges, break rooms, computer labs, or other common gathering areas. Larger posters are also available by contacting IT Communications. More poster options will be available as the campaign progresses.

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