October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Our online security continues to be very important as we do more online in our professional and personal lives. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) helps educate people on everyday things that could help make our online data more secure. For example, putting a passcode on your mobile phone in case it gets stolen or lost, removing sticky notes that have written passwords from your monitor or under your keyboard, and locking your computer screen when you leave your office can all contribute to more secure environments.

This year CTS will be providing security information centered around specific themes, security contests, and a cybersecurity speaker. We hope you directly benefit from our efforts to help promote NCSAM.

Weekly Themes

For this year’s NCSAM, CTS is featuring weekly themes, two contests, and a cybersecurity speaker to help raise awareness. Our weekly themes are:

  • Week 1: Privacy - Know who has access to your data

  • Week 2: Make your home a haven

  • Week 3: Mobile security

  • Week 4: Online safety@work

You will see weekly Oswegonian ads, posters, and articles on the CTS Facebook and Twitter pages that will provide tips and tricks related to these themes to keep your data more secure.

Phishing Derby

We will have our third annual phishing derby contest this year. Phishing emails are those that ask for personally identifying information such as date of birth, social security number, credit card number, and usernames and passwords as in the example above. These emails are used to then steal your identity or get access to data. More examples of phishing emails received at SUNY Oswego are available from our Phishing Emails page.

All faculty, staff, and student can participate in the contest. If you receive a phishing email, just send it to phishing@oswego.edu. The derby ends October 30th. On October 31, three participants will be randomly drawn and will receive a $10, $25, or $50 Amazon gift card.  


Go for 2! Contest


Two-factor authentication is an additional measure used at login to prevent access to your accounts. Popular companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon offer this service. Essentially, a code is sent to your mobile phone that must be supplied after your password has been entered. This prevents people who might have stolen your password from getting into your account.

At SUNY Oswego, two-factor authentication can be used with LakerApps Gmail. To set it up, click the “Get Started” button at the bottom of Google’s Two-Step Verification page. Any faculty, staff, or student who activates this service will be entered into a drawing. The contest ends October 30. On October 31, three participants will be randomly drawn and will receive a $10, $25, or $50 Amazon gift card.


Paul Robinson, Cybersecurity Speaker

On October 23rd at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Marano Auditorium, Paul Robinson, a Cybersecurity Solutions Advisor for GreyCastle Security, will speak about “Making Security Simple: A Logical Approach to Safety.” Paul will discuss practical tips for staying safe and securing your data in today's cyber landscape. Paul has been in the information security space for almost 10 years, consulting and educating organizations on risk and cybersecurity. Paul takes a straightforward and real life approach to address very complex problems.

The first 25 people to attend a session will receive a free T-shirt.