Cybersecurity Awareness

NCSAM 2019 - Own IT

Own IT -  By understanding your digital profile.

Internet-based devices are present in every aspect of our lives: at home, school, work, and on the go. Constant connection provides opportunities for innovation and modernization, but also presents opportunities for potential cybersecurity threats that can compromise our most important personal information. Understand the devices and applications you use every day to help keep you and your information safe and secure. 

NCSAM 2019

NCSAM Logo 2019

The NCSAM theme for 2019 was ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’, helping to encourage personal accountability and proactive behavior in digital privacy, security best practices, and common cyber threats.

Protecting Your Credentials

Protecting your account username and passphrase is fundamental to proper security practices.  This is especially true of your CalNet credentials, which provide access to a wide array of online services for students, faculty, and staff. 

The theft of account information is one of the biggest threats facing the campus - here's what you need to know to protect yourself:

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

September 5, 2019

NCSAM Champion Logo

This October, UC Berkeley is once again joining other universities, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help raise cyber security awareness during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). 

Double your privacy, double your fun

September 6, 2019

(Only those old enough to remember the Wrigley's doublemint gum commercials will get this title.)

“Multi-factor authentication” is a tech industry term for using different types of verification to get into an account. You do this daily with the 2-Step. The idea is that you use multiple things at the same time to really prove that you’re actually you. A password is one example of a factor; a fingerprint is another.

No peeking! Staying safe and private on Wi-Fi

September 6, 2019

Wi-Fi is great. Think about it, you pretty much carry an entire library and a direct line to anywhere in the world in your pocket. Nowadays many businesses offer Wi-Fi for their customers, so you can stay connected even while eating udon or waiting in line for toast.

But! That doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Using public Wi-Fi is sort of like doing, well, anything else in public: you want to be safe and not accidentally wander into trouble. Let’s talk about what you can do to protect yourself on Wi-Fi.

Up-to-date on updates: Keeping your software fresh

September 6, 2019

Software updates are sort of like exercise: Not everyone thinks about it, but everyone needs it, and they can make a big difference in keeping a system healthy. Let’s take a quick minute to talk about updates.

Don’t take the bait: How you can spot a phish

September 6, 2019

“Phishing” unfortunately, it's still all the rage. Attackers try to fool you into sending them money (or buying gift cards) or revealing your personal information online. The name comes from the idea of fishing: scammers send a message that acts as bait, hoping to “hook” someone.

The good news is that you have the power to throw these phish back! Let’s take a minute to talk about what you can do to avoid phishing:

Staying safe when shopping online

September 6, 2019

How easy is it to shop online? (Rhetorical question there.) It’s so convenient to be able to order anything you like and have it delivered right to your door. Unfortunately, that also means there’s more risk. Scammers and criminals can try to steal your information and money while you shop online.

The good news is that there are some easy things you can do to protect yourself and safely shop online. Let’s take a quick look at some tips: 

Don’t pass on strong passwords

September 6, 2019

Passwords! What a headache, am I right? Sometimes it seems like that in order to be safe, your password must contain letters, numbers, punctuation, bird noises, and at least one Egyptian hieroglyph.

But the truth is that it’s easier to create a long, strong, safe password than most people think. Let’s take a quick look at a few tips for making a password that will keep your account safe.