Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Empowering Faculty, Staff, and Students to Stay Safe Online

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Why Cybersecurity Awareness Month Matters

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It serves as a crucial opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to learn about online safety, protect their personal information, and develop good digital hygiene practices.  

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is not just another observance; it's a call to action. In an era where data breaches, phishing attacks, and cybercrimes are on the rise, everyone must understand the significance of safeguarding their online presence. Here are some reasons why this month matters to the Grand Valley State University community:  

  1. Protection of Personal Data: Faculty, staff, and students store a wealth of personal information online, from financial details to academic records. Awareness Month educates them on how to protect this sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands.  
  2. Financial Security: Cyberattacks can lead to financial ruin. GVSU community members often manage their finances online, making them prime targets for cybercriminals. Awareness Month helps raise awareness on how to secure financial transactions and accounts.  
  3. Responsible Digital Citizenship: Being a responsible digital citizen is essential. This month promotes ethical online behavior, discouraging cyberbullying and respectful interactions.  

Participating in Cybersecurity Awareness Month is easy and beneficial. Here are some ways to get involved:  

  • Educate Yourself: Learn about common cyber threats like phishing, ransomware, and identity theft. Understanding these threats is the first step toward prevention. 

  • Secure Your Devices: Ensure that all your devices are protected with strong passwords and up-to-date antivirus software. Enable two-factor authentication wherever possible.  

  • Practice Safe Online Behavior: Be cautious when sharing personal information online and verify the authenticity of websites and emails before interacting with them.  

  • Encourage Others: Share what you learn with your friends and peers. Promote responsible digital behavior and encourage others to take cybersecurity seriously.  

Cybersecurity Awareness Month reminds us that online safety is a shared responsibility. By participating in awareness activities, educating themselves, and practicing good digital hygiene, the GVSU community can protect their personal information. This will contribute to a safer digital environment for all.  

If you see something, say something. Use the links below to report phishing, malware, or security issues. 

  Report Phishing  Report Malware  Report Issue or Incident 

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