CIO'S MESSAGE - October 27, 2020

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month - 
Staying Cybersecure

Dear Students and Colleagues,

The final week of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month focuses on ways we can continue to stay safe online.  Because the pandemic has changed the way we work, learn, and socialize, we must be proactive every day with our cybersecurity habits.  A recent University of Maryland study found that hacker attacks occur every 39 seconds. This is a compelling reason why cybersecurity needs to be practiced daily.  So, stay empowered and “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”
Let us re-emphasize the following key points.

“If You Connect It, Protect It.”

According to Business Insider, there were about 8 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices in 2019. By 2027, that figure is expected to grow to 41 billion.  Because smart devices connect to the internet, they can be vulnerable to cyberattacks.  Do not overlook the threat.  Learn how to protect your data and devices.

Growing Threats with Phishing Emails

Cybercriminals use many tactics, from malware, ransomware, to phishing schemes that trick us into revealing personal information or clicking unsafe links.  Continue to be vigilant and beware of email phishing scams.  Remember to report suspicious email to
Finally, everyone’s security practices, or the lack thereof, is very important and affects us all.  We are all connected via a shared network we call the Internet.  It is in our own best interests to make sure everyone knows and practices basic security habits with securing our networks, keeping our apps and software up-to-date, and sharing personal information with extreme caution.  Let us continue to focus on our shared responsibility to keep the online community safe for everyone.

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Cuc Du
Information Security Officer