Cybersecurity Awareness Month



October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CAM). CAM 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 exercising good cybersecurity hygiene. The University of Richmond will join other institutions of higher education to raise awareness of the vital role cybersecurity plays in a protecting the UR community. We have partnered with DHS and NCSA to bring this year's CAM event to campus. The theme for 2021 is: Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

If You Connect It, Protect It.

More than ever before, technology plays a part in almost everything we do. Connected devices have been woven into society as an integral part of how people communicate and access services essential to their well being. Despite these great advances in technology and the conveniences this provides, recent events have shown us how quickly our lives and businesses can be disrupted when cyber criminals and adversaries use technology to do harm. Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to shed light on these security vulnerabilities, while offering actionable guidance surrounding behaviors anyone can take to protect themselves and their organizations. Everyone has a responsibility to do their part in securing our interconnected world.

During the month of October, Information Services will be sharing information to engage the UR community in raising awareness and importance of cybersecurity. Please take the time to read Spiderbytes announcements, visit the Information Security site, and observe the various digital signage locations around campus along with IS social media. The theme this year is Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart. Information Services provides cybersecurity information and education, best practices for protecting University data, as well as tips for protecting your personal digital identity. Please take advantage of the CAM activities this month.

Upcoming Activities on Campus

  • Protect Your Data: Back It Up - A good data backup is an important component of a sound cybersecurity strategy and data loss prevention. This session will share options to protect data loss.
  • Gone Phishing - Learn about the most common types of phishing attacks that occur across campus along with tips you can use to prevent them from being successful.

  • Attending a zoom session will earn you an entry into a drawing for a small IS prize pack.

Past Activities on Campus

  • Cyber Security Awareness Fair - Stop by our tables in the lounge of Heilman Dining Hall and test your password's strength, learn up LastPass, or ask general security questions.
  • LastPass Password Manager - Learn about the benefits of a password manager and how LastPass, the University’s official password manager solution, can help manage your passwords.
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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