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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Highlights Tips for Educators

by Jackie Davis

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is celebrated every October and highlights the trends, threats, and technologies that impact security today. Each year, NCSAM raises awareness of the importance of cyber security and promotes safer practices online.

“Own it. Secure it. Protect it.” is the theme for this year and focuses on consumer devices, e-commerce security, and citizen privacy. As educational institutions implement more technologies, it’s important to take proactive steps to ensure cyber security.

Connected technologies help students and teachers and improve classroom collaboration, but also pose a risk for cyber threats. NCSAM highlights the important steps schools can take to secure their data from bad actors.

Own it

For educational institutions to protect data, they must first understand it – their digital profile. With mobile devices, computers, and EdTech all connected to the same networks, risk increases. By practicing safe posting, creating strong passwords, and learning about privacy settings, schools can decrease their cyber risk.

Secure it

By staying current with security and cyber threats, schools can protect themselves from bad actors – knowing the signs of a phishing email or fraudulent activity is key. By implementing security features such as multi-factor authorization and password requirements, as well as teaching students and staff the signs of malicious behavior, schools can protect their networks.

Protect it

Protecting data comes down to understanding the signs, the risks, and the solutions. Students and facility must be educated on how to achieve better cyber hygiene.

To learn more about NCSAM, click here.

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