October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

As Cyber Security Awareness month is underway, ITS will be offering trainings and tips to help keep Wesleyan secure. The number one way to keep Wesleyan secure is to protect yourself. Become Cyber Aware!

The most important step in cyber security is passwords. ITS will be focusing our training materials this year on safe and secure passwords for your Wesleyan accounts and your personal accounts. Did you know that the top 5 passwords for the year 2014 were (in order) 123456, password, 12345, 12345678, and qwerty?! With all of the things done online these days, it is difficult to keep track of all the passwords we need each day. There are many programs like LastPass that can help you keep track of your passwords and keep them safe. If you don’t want to use a password management program, make sure to have long passwords (more than 14 characters) that are easy for you to remember; a line quote from your favorite movie, a lyric from a favorite song. Also make sure to differentiate your passwords from home and work. Do not use the same passwords for these different parts of your life.

For more information on good passwords, here is a link to an Educause article about the dos and don’ts of passwords: http://er.educause.edu/blogs/2015/10/8-dos-and-donts-of-good-passwords.

Here is another article about creating a culture of cybersecurity at work and how  you can play an important role: http://er.educause.edu/blogs/2015/10/creating-a-culture-of-cybersecurity-at-work.

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