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Northwestern Cybersecurity Campaign Begins October 1 – Keep It Secure!

Posted Date: 30 Sep 2019

Effective Date: 1 Oct 2019

Northwestern Information Technology (IT) officially kicks off its Secure Northwestern campaign on October 1 to coincide with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the beginning of the academic year. In partnership with information security teams across Northwestern, the campaign’s goal is to instill the use of best practices for keeping sensitive personal and institutional information secure.  

Just last year, Northwestern firewalls prevented over one billion threats, including malware, from reaching the University community and more than one billion fraudulent emails from reaching University mailboxes.

Impressive statistics to be sure, and yet, as cyberattacks become more sophisticated, some threats do slip past Northwestern’s security net. Using security best practices is imperative to protect your NetID password and other sensitive information from misuse.

“We have seen a decline in the number of students, faculty, and staff falling victim to phishing email attempts; and while encouraging, it’s important not to let our guard down,” said Nowell Arnold, associate director and deputy chief information security officer, Northwestern IT. “Secure Northwestern allows us to engage our community and encourage them to keep up the good work. More importantly, it provides them with the critical tools to keep their personal and institutional information secure, reminding them to check the validity of a communication before clicking on a link, use best practices for password protection, and keep computers and mobile devices malware-free.”

Be Cyber Aware

Check out recent phishing attempts – Think you’ve spotted a fraudulent email? Compare it to the list of recent phishing attempts. If it’s not there, report it!    

Watch for security tips – As part of the campaign, each month, Northwestern IT will distribute new security awareness messages online, on digital displays across the Evanston and Chicago campuses, via Northwestern IT social media—Twitter and Facebook—, and more.

Post a campaign poster – Feel free to use the campaign posters that are available to download and post in lounges, residential halls, break rooms, computer labs, or other common gathering areas. Check back often as new posters are added throughout the campaign.

Learn more about the campaign – Find tips, and discover best practices to help you keep Northwestern cyber secure. Visit Secure Northwestern.

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