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The ISO Celebrates 2011 National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

Training Events

Training Events during NCSAM

The Information Security Office (ISO) is conducting training on security topics during the month of October for all university affiliates, including Introduction to Identity Finder and Security 101. Introduction to Identity Finder is a 90-minute class where you'll get hands-on instruction on how to use the Identity Finder software to find and secure information on your computer that could make you, or others vulnerable.  Security 101 covers the university's data protection guidelines, data breach procedures and recommended security practices.

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The 2010 NCSAM  Security Presentations

The ISO sponsored security presentations during NCSAM 2010

During NCSAM 2010, the Information Security Office (ISO) sponsored exhilarating security presentations on Mobile Device Privacy by Norman Sadeh, a professor at the School of Computer Science, and on Cyberwar Impact on the University End User by Tim Shimeall, a senior member of the Software Engineering Institute's technical staff.

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EDUCAUSE 2011 Video Contest Winner

EDUCAUSE Video Contest Winners 

EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology, recently released the 2011 Information Security Awareness video contest winners on YouTube.  View the winning contest videos from 2011, 2009, 2007 and 2006 available at

Cyber Security Showcase

Anti-Phishing Phil

Anti-Phishing Phil is an interactive game that teaches users how to identify phishing URLs, where to look for clues in web browsers, and how to use search engines to find legitimate sites.

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Anti-Phishing Phyllis

Help Phyllis teach her school of fish how to avoid phishing traps in fraudulent emails.  This interactive game will teach you how to verify the information presented to you rather than trust easily forged email features such as logos or URLs to decide if a message is fraudulent or not. 

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Carnegie Cyber Academy

The Carnegie Cyber Academy is the Internet home of the Carnegie Cadets. On this very special site, children and teens can play some excellent mini games, read stories and visit the blogs of members of the Carnegie Cadets and cadets-in-training. As they get all the nail-biting, breathtaking details about the heroes and villains of cyberspace, they'll look forward to meeting up with the characters in The MySecureCyberspace Game, a free download from the site. You and your kids are invited to join the cadets at the Carnegie Cyber Academy.

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Carnegie Mellon Today Special Edition: Cybersecurity

Security vulnerabilities in computer systems can affect every aspect of our lives. Released first through a series of articles and then the full publication, this special edition addresses a number of issues related to cybersecurity in a networked world. In addition, we've highlighted some of the multi-disciplinary, campus wide initiatives that exemplify Carnegie Mellon's international leadership, not only in the development of information technology, but also in the research and education needed to tackle cyber-threats head on, while protecting individual privacy.

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Identity Finder

Right now, social security numbers, credit cards, bank accounts, passwords, and other highly sensitive personal information are sitting idly on your computer leaving you and your family exposed to identity theft. You may not be able to find all the places it's hidden, but hackers and thieves know where to look.They have developed viruses, spyware, back doors and other malicious code to steal this information.

Anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam don't offer in-depth searching to protect you and your family. Identity Finder goes deep, searching the computer to locate and secure potentially dangerous data - even when you don't know it exists.

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BeSeen is a free mobile application that simulates a social networking website. Once you create a profile, you can start earning friends, playing puzzles and winning awards. Gain friends by choosing statuses to post and helping out others. Will you make the best choice? Find out and see. Give good advice to win more awards! The game is provided by Carnegie Mellon University and Web Wise Kids to show you how to secure your personal information, protect your online reputation and defend your peers. BeSeen will be available for Apple devices on October 11 and available for Android devices in December 2011.

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These days you can use the Internet from anywhere and for just about anything.  But, as the borders of cyberspace expand, the dangers of cyberspace increase.  The days of one-size-fits-all cybersecurity are over.  MySecureCyberspace is the network security portal designed just for you, so you can protect yourself and your computer.

MySecureCyberspace gives you security solutions for the way you use the Internet. Tell us what you do online and where you access the Internet from, and we can give you a customized profile of your security needs what to look out for and how to protect yourself.

Whether you are new to computers or a technological expert, MySecureCyberspace has something for you.  If you are a beginner, we can walk you through the simple steps you can take to secure your cyberspace. And if your knowledge of network security is more advanced, we provide in-depth exploration of security issues and defenses.

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