NMSU participates in National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is celebrated every October and was created as a collaborative effort between government, education, and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to be more secure online. 

Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) will be holding information tables for students and training for staff during the month of October. Faculty and staff can register for the trainings using the links  below to earn training credit.  Students are encouraged to attend but do not need to register.

Information tables on the International Mall (between Clara Bell Williams and Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center):

  • October 11th 10:00 am-12:00 pm,
  • October 20th 9:30 am-12:00 pm,
  • October 24th 9:30 am-12:00 pm

NMSU participates in this effort by making the NMSU community aware of cyber security threats, such as phishing, malware, viruses, social engineering and social media threats.  For more information on how to stay safe online we invite you to visit NMSU’s Information Security website at infosec.nmsu.edu for tips and resources on safe computing practices.

Some Information Security Best Practices:

  • Any computing/communication device that is connected to the Internet is vulnerable to viruses.  Please be sure you have an up-to-date anti-virus and malware software installed on your computers.  NMSU provides the Sophos anti-virus/malware software free of charge to the NMSU community and it can be downloaded at http://software.nmsu.edu/.
  • Any computing/communication device that is connected to the Internet must have its operating system and applications up to date! Security patches and updates are released weekly.
  • Use complex passwords that combine numbers, letters, capitalization, and symbols with minimum length of 8 and ideally longer.  Create unique passwords for different accounts, so if one account is hacked the others are not affected. An example of a good password: TheAggiesaregoing2win!
  • Do not click links in emails unless you are expecting them or you have verified they are from a trusted source. Even when visiting reputable websites avoid clicking on ads. As many as one-third of all ads contain malware.  
  • When using a public Wi-Fi for sensitive business use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or NMSU WPA2 encrypted wireless.   More information, visit the Help Desk Instructions & Guides: https://help.nmsu.edu  
  • Be a good network citizen, if you see an email or website that is suspicious report it to abuse@nmsu.edu .  ICT relies on your help to increase our threat intelligence.

Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility. 

If you have any questions or comments regarding this memo,

do not hesitate to contact norma@nmsu.edu.  

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