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Cyber Security Awareness Month 2013

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month! In support of this national initiative, OIT is sponsoring a number of activities designed to help the UMass Amherst community stay safe online. This year, we focus on phishing and the physical aspect of computer security.

Enter the Cyber Security Awareness Video & Poster Contest 

Show us your video production or graphic design skills and enter to win a $250 Amazon gift card or one of two $100 Amazon gift cards!

Between October 1 and 31, 2013, submit a poster or short movie (maximum two minutes) on a cyber security topic, such as safe computing, phishing scams, privacy and social media, or physical security, for a chance to win one of three Amazon gift cards. Contest open to all UMass Amherst graduate and undergraduate students, and Five-College students enrolled in UMass Amherst courses. Group submissions allowed.

Learn More   Get Multimedia Help from the Digital Media Lab

Register Your Computing Devices

Register your laptop or mobile device with the University Police to make recovery easier in the case of loss or theft. 

Project Protect Registration

Win a Prize at Our Information Tables

Learn more about safe computing! Play the Plinko game for a chance to win a daily prize!
Campus Center Concourse
October 1 - 4, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

7 Ways to Protect Your Computer & Personal Information

  1. Update your computer's software and operating system.
  2. Run a full scan of your computer using OIT's free anti-virus software.
  3. Register your computing devices with the University police.
  4. Learn to recognize phishing scams: fraudulent emails, phone calls, or pop-up windows asking for passwords and other personal information.    
  1. Back up important files  and delete the files you no longer need. 
  2. Remove your address, phone number, birth date, or class schedule from Facebook or other Web sites.
  3. Change your OIT Account password in SPIRE. 


Cyber Security Awareness Month 2013 is brought to you by the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) and the University Information Security Operations Center (ISOC).


Last Updated: Oct. 02, 2013