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Oct 3: Join the ISO for Mobile Device Security Day

October 1, 2013

Dear Faculty and Staff,

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).  This year's theme is Mobile Device Security.

Mobile device security is just as important as traditional computer security. For the first time in history, the majority of Americans own a smartphone (56% per the Pew Research Center). Cybercriminals are now targeting these devices to steal data and commit fraud. In some cases, malware takes control of the device until the owner pays a ransom. Beyond personal availability and privacy concerns, a poorly secured mobile device that accesses CMU resources can place institutional data at risk.

On October 3, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Information Security Office (ISO) is hosting a mobile device security event in the Rangos Ballroom. Vendors, researchers, the ISO, and others will be on hand to demo the security features of mobile devices, report findings, and offer tips to secure your mobile devices. Please join us. For more information visit

In the meantime, check out the ISO's mobile device security guidelines and the FCC's Ten Steps to Smartphone Security.

Thank you for the part you play in keeping Carnegie Mellon’s data and information systems secure and have a wonderful October!


Mary Ann Blair
Director of Information Security
Information Security Office
Computing Services
Carnegie Mellon University
ISO Hotline: 412-268-2044