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While it’s fun to join in the make-believe and fiendish nature of Halloween, most people would probably prefer to avoid the real-life horror of cybercrime — like malicious attacks and data breaches by the oft faceless criminals we imagine lurking in the dark corners of the World Wide Web.

To avoid such cyberthreats, however, one must be aware of the risks.

That’s why University Information Technology (UIT), for the sixth year, is participating in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). The annual, nationwide initiative — sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and National Cyber Security Alliance — ensures people have the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

This year, we are focusing on the theme “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”

During October, UIT’s Information Security Office (ISO) will champion a variety of efforts to raise awareness at the University of Utah and provide you with the resources to improve cybersecurity at home, on the go, and on campus.

Because you are the first line of defense.

Your digital profile: Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.

In today's digital world, cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility. So understanding the technology you use, and how to secure and maintain it, helps to protect your personal information and devices — and that of other University of Utah students, patients, faculty, and staff.

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Do you know how to protect your digital profile and devices?

Now more than ever, consumers spend increasing amounts of time on the internet — and lose an increasing amount of money to fraud, data breaches, and other cybercrimes each year. These simple tips will help you protect your digital profile and devices against common cyberthreats.

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The strongest line
of defense against cyberthreats

Cyberthreats are not always obvious. That’s why ISO offers students and campus and hospital employees cybersecurity courses. The training will help you own, secure, and protect your digital profile and devices, as well as create a security-focused culture and increase compliance at the university.

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Building a culture around cybersecurity at our university

University of Utah students and employees are especially vulnerable to cybercrime. The university, however, has a policy and rules in place to protect the privacy of students, employees, and patients, create a culture of cybersecurity, and ensure compliance with state, federal, and local laws.

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Last Updated: 3/13/20