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National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

October 4, 2011

Dear Students,

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Computing Services Information Security Office (ISO) takes this opportunity to remind you to protect your data and computers from security risks, avoid network and/or account suspension, and stay safe online by following these safe computing tips:

  1. Never send your Andrew ID or password or other confidential information in response to an email.

  2. Update your computer's anti-virus and anti-malware tools regularly and apply security updates to your operating system and software as soon as possible after updates are released.

  3. Follow the ISO Cyber Security Pledge and be aware before you click on attachments in email, instant messages, and untrusted web sites.

  4. Use automatic software updates. For browser, Java and Adobe updates, run the ISO patch check at

  5. Adhere to Copyright & Intellectual Property Laws. Non-compliance with the copyright & intellectual property law can result in disciplinary action or loss of network connectivity. There are legal alternatives for acquiring copyrighted content.  For more information, visit:

For detailed information including links on each of the above mentioned safe computing tips, please visit

The ISO encourages you to check out all of our NCSAM resources by visiting

Best wishes for a great fall semester.


Mary Ann Blair
Director of Information Security
Information Security Office
Computing Services
Carnegie Mellon University