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September 2019

Each month in Case in Point, you see the wide variety of risks that we face each day in higher education. The unique risk profile of our industry makes it very important that we have strong collaboration throughout the institution that focuses on proactive risk management. We routinely communicate with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), which provides leadership in the technology area, and in particular, we collaborate with the information security group. Since the month of October brings a heightened focus on cybersecurity issues, I have asked AU's Chief Information Security Officer, Bill Miaoulis, to share his thoughts on this important topic.

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) began in 2004 through the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance with a goal of raising awareness about the importance of Cybersecurity. NCSAM 2019 will emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year's overarching message -- Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. -- will focus on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and e-commerce security.

  1. Own IT: It is important to be aware of your digital profile, and you do that by understanding the devices and applications you use every day. You have to know about something to protect it.
  2. Secure IT: Use all of the security tools available to you. This can include creating stronger, longer passwords and using Multi-Factor Authentication whenever possible. Use available security tools at work, on social media, and with your financial institutions. Protect yourself against phishing attacks by carefully reviewing emails and not clicking on unknown links or attachments.
  3. Protect IT: Everything you do on a computer creates a trail that can be used by cybercriminals. Make sure you keep your browsers and operating systems up to date. Be careful with public WiFi, and be familiar with and understand the privacy rules and settings within the applications you use. Do you really need that application on your phone or desktop?

For additional resources, you can visit the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity Awareness Month Page; Stay Safe Online , or the Auburn University Cybersecurity Center.

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Thank you, Bill, for your comments on this important topic. As you will see once again this month, the risks extend well beyond the cyber world and into many different areas of our operations. We again invite you to review the events of the past month with a view toward proactive risk management. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.

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