Cybersecurity Awareness Month — Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 is this October and the department of OCIS encourage all users to own their role in protecting themselves and their connected devices. The theme this year is "Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart." The website consists of general information, tips, and best practices on protecting yourself online, your digital home devices. Our goal is to help you make the most of today's technology safely and securely.

Welcome to the first week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This week, we focus on how you can “Be Cyber Smart” by better protecting yourself in cyberspace and taking proactive steps to enhance your security online. At a time when we are more connected than ever, being “cyber smart” is of the utmost importance.

Helpful Tips:

The following CUNY resources will help keep you safe:

You can find the following tip sheets on the National Cyber Security Awareness Month Publications site:

  • Make a long and unique passphrase for all accounts
  • Enable multi-factor authentication wherever possible
  • Use a password manager
  • Update software as soon as updates are available
  • Keep backup copies of your data, both on and offsite

Facts and Figures:

  • 61% of data breaches used compromised credentials. (Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report)
  • 56% of IT leaders believe their employees have picked up bad cyber security behaviors since working from home. (Tessian)
  • More than 99.9% of Microsoft enterprise accounts that get invaded by attackers didn’t use multi-factor authentication. (ZDNet)

Welcome to Week 2 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which focuses on “Fight the Phish.” Today, phishing attacks account for more than 80 percent of reported security incidents. It is important to spot and report phishing attempts to prevent ransomware and other malware attacks. Think before you click on any suspicious emails, links or attachments and make sure to report any suspicious emails if you can!

Helpful Tips:

You can find tip sheets with information on the following topics on the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Publications site:

  • Important to know the Red Flags (suspicious aspects such as bad formatting or urgency)
  • Verify the Source
  • Be Aware of Vishing and Other Phishing Offshoots
  • Don’t hesitate to report phishing

In particular, the following tip sheets can help you identify and address phishing attempts:

Facts and Figures:

  • Malware increased by 358% in 2020. (Help Net Security)
  • According to the FBI, phishing was the most common type of cybercrime in 2020, with the bureau receiving 241,342 complaints in 2020. (FBI)
  • Phishing attacks account for more than 80 percent of reported security incidents. (Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report)

Welcome to the third week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This week we focus on “Explore. Experience. Share.” which emphasizes Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week. This is a week-long campaign that inspires and promotes the exploration of cybersecurity careers. Whether it's students or those seeking a career change, the dynamic field of cybersecurity is rapidly growing and has something for everyone.


Helpful Tips: You can find tip sheets with information on the following topics on the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Publications site:

  • Browse Cybersecurity Careers
  • Interviews with Cybersecurity Professionals
  • Career Profile Cards and Posters
Facts and Figures:
  • 80% of companies say they have a hard time finding and hiring security talent. (Gartner)
  • By 2029, the cybersecurity job market is set to grow by 31%. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Application Development Security, DevSecOps, Container Security, Microservices Security and Application Security Code Review are set to be the most in demand cybersecurity skills over the next five years. (Burning Glass)

Security Awareness Videos

Episode 1: Password

Episode 2: Data Handling

Episode 3: Computer Theft

Episode 4: Phishing and Ransomware

Episode 5: Removable Media

Episode 6: Vishing

Cybersecurity Trivia

Are you a cybersecurity know-it-all?

How much do you know about the events that rocked the world of cybersecurity in the past few years? Test yourself!