Cybersecurity awareness activities coming to CSU Oct. 21-25

Morgan Library

There will be a week of sessions and activities for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month at Morgan Library as well as the Lory Student Center Plaza.

As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Colorado State University is hosting a week of interactive activities and sessions in October designed to protect and inform the campus community about cyber threats.

ACNS – Academic Computing & Networking Services — the Office of Telecommunications and CSU Libraries are offering sessions on phishing, password protection and data manipulation, among other topics as well as activities and giveaways.

Established in 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and ensure that Americans have the necessary resources to be safer and more secure online. CSU students participating in the ACNS Cybersecurity Internship Program spearheaded and organized this year’s campus activities.

“Cybersecurity Awareness Week is about empowering students to protect themselves from phishing attacks and password compromises,” said ACNS Cybersecurity Internship Coordinator Kelly Poto. “We hope students gain a better understanding of the importance of multifactor authentication and password management in protecting their personal data. And of course, we want them to learn about the cybersecurity internship program and the great work we are doing to protect our fellow Rams.”

Staying protected

CSU Information Security Officer Steve Lovaas has witnessed the growing sophistication of phishing attacks over the past 20 years, noting that today’s threats are being leveraged by nation states, foreign corporations, and organized crime.

“The adversaries are getting better and smarter and better funded,” Lovaas said. “So what we can do is help people be aware of the trends and the tools as well as reevaluate our own technologies that are protecting us.”

Lovaas advises people to regularly update operating systems and internet browsers to protect against threats. He also recommends using two-factor authentication, something the university has been using the past few years.

“You always have to ask yourself, ‘Is this normal? Does this make sense?’ If we can all make this a habit, we’re all going to be a lot safer.”

— Steve Lovaas, CSU information security officer

Lovaas also stressed the importance of having a keen awareness about security, whether it’s computers, smartphones, email or even social media.

“Whether it’s the traffic in the street that you’re about to cross or the potential for a phishing attack behind the email you’re about to read, it’s important to reserve a little bit of your attention for surroundings,” he said. “You always have to ask yourself, ‘Is this normal? Does this make sense?’ If we can all make this a habit, we’re all going to be a lot safer.”

CSU cybersecurity awareness events

Monday, Oct. 21

Meet the Cybersecurity Team and giveaways
11 a.m.—1 p.m.
Lory Student Center Plaza

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Session: Phishing 101
11 a.m.—1 p.m.
LSC 304

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Session: Password protection
11 a.m.—1 p.m.
Morgan Library Event Hall

Thursday, Oct. 24

Session: Compromised email
1-3 p.m.
Morgan Library Event Hall

Session: Data manipulation
4-5 p.m.
Morgan Library Event Hall

Sessions hosted by CSU student cybersecurity clubs, Hashdump and KryptSec.

Friday, Oct. 25

Session: Rams Securing Rams — CSU Internship Program
11 a.m.—1 p.m.
Morgan Library Event Hall