Be cyber smart: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, reminding us all to do our part and be cyber smart.

Augusta University’s goal is to ensure students, faculty and staff have the tools they need to stay safer and more secure online. When it comes to defending Augusta University and AU Health System against cybercrime, you are our first line of defense. Strengthening our human firewall will reduce the risk of falling victim to phishing attacks. We are all responsible for our cybersecurity.

What actions are required of me?
  • First, complete your mandatory training. Training must be completed by Nov. 10. If training is required of you, an email will be sent by KnowBe4 to your AU email.
  • If you see any potential cybersecurity threats, immediately report to 72CYBER or 706-722-9237 or forward malicious emails to 72CYBER@augusta.edu. Know when to call versus when to email by reviewing our Cyber Defense webpage.
Why is training required?

The University System of Georgia mandates Cybersecurity Awareness Training twice per year in April and October. Training helps educate our staff about scams such as phishing, ransomware attacks or other malware designed to steal intellectual property or personal data. Cybersecurity awareness training will equip employees with the knowledge needed to combat these threats.

What will the training message look like?

You have been instructed not to click on unrecognizable links from unknown email sources. This is still best practice. If training is required of you, the initial email will look like this:

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What other actions can I take?
  • Ensure you have a secure internet connection.
  • Utilize DUO multi-factor authentication.
  • When in doubt, verify emails with leadership.
  • Utilize remote access as advised.
  • Do not share AU data with anyone or store on personal devices.
  • Be aware of suspicious activity and immediately contact 72Cyber to report incidents.
History of Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month was launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in October 2004 as a broad effort to help all Americans stay safer and more secure online.

In its origin, this effort was centered around advice such as updating your device’s antivirus software bi-annually. However, as cyber threats have advanced, the month’s efforts have grown to include the participation of a multitude of industry participants that engage their customers, employees and the public in awareness, as well as college campuses, nonprofits and other groups. Learn more about Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Questions? Please get in touch with our IT Help Desk at 706-721-4000.

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Staci Thompson

Staci Thompson is the communications specialist for Information Technology. Contact her at 706-721-3359 or sthompson8@augusta.edu.

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