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October 2017 – Are you #CyberAware?

We are, and you can be too.

Valpo is among a number of organizations observing National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) this October, and is proud to be recognized as a Champion of cyber security awareness. Conducted every October since 2004, NCSAM is a global campaign encouraging all digital citizens to protect their computers, mobile devices, networks, data, and private information. If you use the internet and want to keep it safer and more secure for everyone, we invite you to join us and become an active participant.

Sign the Crusader Cyber Citizen Pledge and show your commitment to safe and smart online behavior.

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NCSAM is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its public and private partners, including the National Cyber Security Alliance, to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and individual cyber hygiene.

10/17/17 – More about VPN

Here’s a helpful, short video about VPN use – what it is and how it works.


10/11/17 – Report suspicious activity

If you notice anything unusual, let us know! We’ll check it out. You can never be too cautious or skeptical when it comes to information security. Remember the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s true for identity theft or cyber incidents, too – it’s much harder to recover after being victimized rather than practice safe cyber habits. See this PDF from US-CERT about suspicious cyber activity to watch for.

10/10/17 – Test your #CyberAware skills

Take this cybersecurity quiz to see how you stack up against others in evaluating and acting on risks in the workplace. How well will you do? Don’t worry, your grade won’t be reported to us!

 Try the quiz!


10/9/17 – What’s the big deal about bitcoin?

The popularity of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin has skyrocketed, despite reports of their demise. They’re largely anonymous, so cyber criminals love using this new type of money. The Washington Post published an article earlier this year about “Why people are going crazy over bitcoin and other digital currencies.” But economist Kenneth Rogoff believes “Bitcoin’s price bubble will burst under government pressure.” That hasn’t stopped people from trying to recruit others to invest in it.

10/5/17 – OUCH!

At the link below, the August 2016 issue of the OUCH! newsletter from the SANS Institute is all about ransomware. It’s available in English plus 20+ additional languages.

10/3/17 – What is ransomware?

10/2/17 – Ransomware Facts & Stats

  • Ransomware victims have paid more than $25 million in ransoms over the last two years in order to unlock their computer disks and get their data back, according to a 2017 study by researchers at Google, Chainalysis, UC San Diego, and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. View source.
  • Mobile ransomware has risen by over 250% during the first few months of 2017, according to a recent report by Kaspersky Lab. View source.
  • According to a 2016 Kaspersky Lab survey, almost half (43%) of connected consumers today do not know what ransomware is, despite the recent aggressive spread of this type of cyber threat. View source.
  • In 2016, Cisco Systems declared ransomware the most profitable type of malware attack in history amid international efforts to stem the global crime wave. View source.
  • According to a 2016 PhishMe study, 93% of phishing emails were infected with ransomware in Q1 of 2016. View source.
  • In Pew Research’s 2017 “What the Public Knows About Cybersecurity” quiz, only 48% of Americans could correctly define ransomware. View source.
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