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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).  NCSAM is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and its public and private partners, including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and individual cyber hygiene.  The University of Richmond will join other institutions of higher education to raise awareness of the vital role cybersecurity plays in a thriving community. We have partnered with DHS and NCSA to bring this year's NCSAM event to campus. The theme for 2019 is: "Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT."

OWN IT - Understand your digital profile.

Internet-based devices are present in every aspect of our lives: at home, school, work, and on the go. Constant connection provides opportunities for innovation and modernization, but also presents opportunities for potential cybersecurity threats that can compromise your most important personal information. Understand the devices and applications you use every day to help keep you and your information safe and secure.

SECURE IT - Secure your digital profile.

Cybercriminals are very good at getting personal information from unsuspecting victims, and the methods
are getting more sophisticated as technology evolves. Protect against cyber threats by learning about security features available on the equipment and software you use. Apply additional layers of security to your devices – such as DUO while on campus.

PROTECT IT - Maintain your digital profile.

Every click, share, send, and post you make creates a digital trail that can be exploited by cybercriminals. To protect yourself from becoming a cybercrime victim you must understand, secure, and maintain your digital profile. Be familiar with and routinely check privacy settings to help protect your privacy and limit cybercrimes.


During the month of October, Information Services will be sharing information to engage the UR community.  Please take the time to read Spiderbytes announcements, visit the Information Security site, and observe the various digital signage locations around the campus. The theme this year is Own.IT, Secure.IT, Protect.IT.  Information Services provides cybersecurity information and education, best practices for protecting University data, as well as tips for protecting your digital presence.  Please take advantage of the NCSAM activities this month.

Upcoming Activities on Campus

University of Richmond has been recognized as a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security in recognition of its commitment to creating a safer, more secure internet. See UR listed on