Division of Information Technology University of South Carolina Quarterly News, updates, and tips from the SecureCarolina team - October 2015 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month UofSC Shred Day is Back As the calendar rolls over to October, many folks have fall festivals and football on their mind. The SecureCarolina team is embracing the festive nature of autumn by kicking off the university’s largest celebration of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to date. Activities this year will involve the entire university system, including top-level information security briefings at each campus, awareness events, and professional development opportunities for staff across the state. The campaign focuses on increasing awareness about phishing and password management. Research and industry reports indicate improvement in these areas can help an organization make strides in protecting its information. Whether by switching to passphrases, incorporating multifactor authentication in your work routine, or learning to spot phishing attempts, each of us contributes to information security. After all, information security is our shared responsibility! SecureCarolina has again partnered with Carolina Recycling and Shred360 to present UofSC Shred Day. The popular event allows members of the university community to bring up to five boxes (or bags) of material for secure disposal. Shredding outdated personal documents or university records helps protect the community from identity theft. It also helps ensure that your paper waste is recycled. Due to construction efforts across campus, Shred Day is in a new location. This year you will find Shred Day at the Carolina Shuttle Lot located at 1301 Barnwell Street. To take part, bring your submissions to the Shred Day site between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, October 12. Help with unloading documents will be available to those who need it. Participants are welcome, but not required, to observe the shredding of their documents. We hope to see you, and your disposable records, at UofSC Shred Day! CISO’s Corner Often, cybersecurity is only a major topic of discussion following a newsworthy data breach. Thankfully, each October provides the opportunity to discuss cybersecurity in a lighter context. I hope you will make time to join us for a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month event when we come to your campus. It would be our pleasure to help you learn more about securing university data and IT assets. You’ll probably learn some skills to help protect your data at home as well! - James D. Perry II www.sc.edu/securecarolina The University of South Carolina is an equal opportunity institution. Password Bootcamp SecureCarolina is offering a special edition “Password Bootcamp” lunch and learn course on October 13 in Columbia from noon until 1:30 p.m. A password is typically your first defense against an attacker. This class discusses the history and evolution of passwords. Our goal is to teach users to create stronger passphrases and to use other tools to protect their accounts. This course requires no existing computer or security knowledge, only a desire to learn. Registration is available to all university employees. This class will not be webcast and space is limited, so click here to register early!