UK Promotes National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) Individuals and organizations around the world are joining forces in October for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

The 13th annual NCSAM encourages everyone to be safer, more secure and better able to protect their personal information. The University of Kentucky is one of over 775 NCSAM Champions who will promote cyber security throughout the month.

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This year is also the sixth anniversary of “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.,” the global online safety awareness and education campaign. “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” developed a “Lock Down Your Login” campaign earlier this year after President Barack Obama issued the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) to encourage Americans to endorse multiple factors of authentication when logging in to online accounts. The “Lock Down Your Login” campaign promotes strong authentication and secure login tools for using the internet with greater peace of mind.

A recent Raytheon survey of adults 18-26 showed that young people are paying more attention to their role in cyber security, and 92 percent of U.S. respondents agree that we all share the responsibility to keep the internet safe and secure.

It’s easy to get involved and support NCSAM. All month long, you can follow the NCSAM conversation on social media using the hashtag #CyberAware and tagging your own posts with the hashtag as well. University of Kentucky Analytics and Technology (UKAT) will post information and tips throughout the month on their website www.uky.edu/ukat, Facebook page and Twitter account. UK students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share the information with others and also participate in weekly twitter chats each Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT hosted by @STOPTHINKCONNECT.