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Campus Technology Services aims to amplify the importance of security online in all students' and employees' educational, professional and personal lives during October -- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

There are, for example, everyday things that could make our online data more secure, according to CTS and NCSAM organizers: Put a passcode on your mobile phone in case it gets stolen or lost, remove sticky notes that have written passwords, and lock your computer screen when you leave the office or residence, among other steps.

This year, CTS is providing security information centered around specific weekly themes, security contests and a cybersecurity speaker. Themes include privacy, making your home a haven, mobile security and online safety@work.

Paul Robinson, a cybersecurity solutions advisor for GreyCastle Security, will speak about "Making Security Simple: A Logical Approach to Safety" at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Marano Campus Center auditorium. He will discuss practical tips for staying safe and securing your data in today's cyber landscape. The first 25 people to attend each session will receive free T-shirts.

CTS invites everyone to enter its annual Phishing Derby and the Go For 2 (two-factor authentication) contests for a chance to win an Amazon gift card.

With a goal of helping everyone directly benefit from National Cybersecurity Month, CTS recommends visiting for more information about the themes, contests and speaker.

Questions about NCSAM also can be directed to the Help Desk at 315-312-3456 or