What is Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a nationwide program to raise awareness about digital security and the basics of cybersecurity. The program encourages everyone to do their part in creating a safer digital environment for living, learning, and working. Now in its 20th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaboration between the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA).

While news reports of hackers and massive data breaches can make cybersecurity seem out of reach to regular people, there are simple steps everyone can take to keep their data protected. Cybersecurity Awareness Month educates people on these small changes that can have a significant impact.

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What’s new in 2023?

The theme of this year’s program is “It’s easy to stay safe online.” Trinity College joins this campaign with its slogan, #SecureTheNest. Our campaign encourages Trinity students, faculty, and staff to implement four simple actions during October to increase online security in their everyday routines.

Take these four actions

1. Use Strong Passphrases & a Password Manager 

Your password/passphrase is the primary mechanism for ensuring the privacy of your computing activity, but it is also the most vulnerable to others who desire unauthorized access to your data. Learn what a strong password is and how to protect it to keep you and the Trinity community safer. Do Your Part and #SecureTheNest LEARN MORE 

2. Use Microsoft Authenticator & Go Passwordless

Ready to take your security to the next level with more convenience? Going passwordless is the next generation of account security: Simple, Fast, and Secure. Learn how to set up Microsoft Authenticator and no longer use a password. Do Your Part and #SecureTheNest LEARN MORE

3. Recognize and Report Phishing Emails

Phishing is when a cybercriminal poses as a person, company, or organization in hopes of getting individuals to engage with malicious content or links to steal valuable information. Learn how to protect yourself from these scams and what to do if you get caught. Do Your Part and #SecureTheNest LEARN MORE 

4. Update Your Software!

Cyber attackers constantly search for new vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the software people use daily. Enabling automatic updates for your Mac or Windows PC is one of the simplest and most effective ways to stay secure. Do Your Part and #SecureTheNest LEARN MORE