National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)
October 5, 2012
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness
Month. Computing Services Information
Security Office (ISO) takes this opportunity to remind you to protect your data
when using cloud services like Google Docs, Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft cloud
- Use a strong and unique password/passphrase
when setting up a cloud services account. Follow the ISO's Guidelines
for Password Management for recommended practices for safeguarding your
password/passphrase. Consider using
two-factor authentication if the cloud provider offers it, e.g., Google's
- Use caution when storing sensitive data in the
how your data is being protected via encryption and other controls and learn how to use available security
features effectively. Consider keeping a
copy of your data in another secure location as an independent back-up.
- Read the End User License Agreement before you
Thoroughly consider security, privacy,
content ownership, and other legal issues along with your assigned
responsibilities before making an informed final decision.
Continue to follow the ISO's Cyber
Security Pledge and think before you
click on attachments in email, instant messages, and web sites. Be on the look-out for email scams and never respond to an email with your login id and password.
As always, adhere to Copyright & Intellectual Property Laws. Noncompliance with the copyright & intellectual property law can result in disciplinary action and loss of network connectivity. There are legal alternatives for acquiring copyrighted content. For more information, visit:
For additional information on safe computing tips, please visit https://www.cmu.edu/iso/aware/pledge.html
The ISO encourages you to check out all of our NCSAM resources by visiting https://www.cmu.edu/iso/aware/ncsam/index.html
Best wishes for a great fall semester.
Mary Ann Blair
Director of Information Security
Information Security Office
Carnegie Mellon University