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Staying Safe Online
October 5, 2012
Monique Yeaton
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It's that time of year again! October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is a national public awareness campaign to encourage everyone to protect their computers and computing infrastructure.

By promoting NCSAM at MIT, we recognize that individuals, organizations, businesses and government all share the responsibility to secure their part of cyber space and the networks they use. If we all do our part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people, training employees – we will be a more resilient and safer digital society.

Five Smart Things You Can Do

  1. Learn how to stay safe online through the tips and resources in the Secure Computing section of the IS&T website, at, the official website of the National Cyber Security Alliance, or at
  2. Help promote cyber security awareness at home, at work, at school or through social media.
  3. Watch the training videos provided by the SANS Securing the Human program (available for the month of October only).
  4. If you are a student, participate in the cyber security awareness poster and movie contest. Win cash, gain experience, and earn recognition with one short video or poster.
  5. Subscribe to the Security FYI Newsletter, a weekly email newsletter and blog produced by IS&T with news and tips about computer security.

As you can see, there are many ways you can be secure and stay safe online, not just this month, but every month.