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National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

October 2014

October is National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which is a national promotion by the National Cyber Security Alliance. Check out their web site for lots of practical information:  staysafeonline.org

CyberSecurity Self-Check

Through guided email tips, learn how to protect yourself, your family, and Rice. Good online protection habits are fundamentally the same for personal or business usage. Partipants receive one email each week during the month of October suggesting some actions to take to tighten up your online security habits. 


During the month of October, four security training sessions will be held with the goal to improve cybersecurity in the Rice community.   Enjoy Papa John’s pizza (or bring your lunch) at these noon training sessions. No RSVPs required. A door prize will be awarded at each session.


1.  Safe Social Media, Thursday, Oct 9,  12:00 – 1:00 pm, Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC

IT Security Officer Marc Scarborough discusses tips for safely using social media while safeguarding sensitive or personal information, photos, and data.

2. Storing Research & HIPAA Data, Friday, Oct 17,  12:00 – 1:00 pm, Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC

Guests: Lynn Sessions, Renee Block

Lynn Sessions and Renee Block discuss case studies of sensitive research or HIPAA data that was not adequately protected as it was saved. Researchers, faculty, staff and graduate students dealing with sensitive data can learn from the cases as well as the Rice solutions presented by IT Security Officer Marc Scarborough.

3. Safe Web Browsing, Tuesday, Oct 21,  12:00 – 1:00 pm, Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC

Why do you see ads on some of your web pages after you’ve searched or shopped for an item online? How is your junk mail affected by your online habits? IT Security Officer Marc Scarborough uses several tools to show exactly how different web sites track your activity and how you can surf the Internet more safely.

4. Identity Theft Protection with SpoCo, Thursday, Oct 30, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC

Guests: Spontaneous Combustion (SpoCo)

Enjoy a light-hearted approach to a serious topic. After IT Security Officer Marc Scarborough presents five tips for protecting your identity, SpoCo, Rice’s student improvisational comedy troupe, will entertain the audience with comedy games based on the same topics.

 Last updated: October 22, 2014 by: Nina Brigman