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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 10/05/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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Sam N. Security and his misadventures will be coming to a bulletin board near you

Dartmouth has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month during October. Dartmouth experts from the Department of Computing Services, the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS), and the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) are rallying around the opportunity to drive home messages about keeping computers safe from phishers, thieves, and hackers. The I3P is a national consortium of 27 member institutions, managed by Dartmouth, devoted to strengthening the digital infrastructure of the U.S.

“Dartmouth is not immune to attacks on our network, so we need to be vigilant,” says Steve Nyman, Dartmouth’s Chief Information Security Officer. “It’s great to take this opportunity to reiterate what we always say about keeping your computer and your personal information safe: don’t leave your laptop alone, keep passwords private, only download what you buy, and don’t fall for internet and email scams perpetrated by ‘phishers.’”

During the month of October, a variety of programs and activities will highlight the need for cyber security. An event on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. features a panel of students who will provide advice on how to stay safe online while highlighting network transgressions to avoid (held in Rockefeller 02). On Oct. 13 at 4:30 p.m. Andy Cutts, the director of Cyber Security Policy at the Department of Homeland Security and former technical program coordinator for ISTS, will talk about his role in keeping a broad view and thinking long term (held in Haldeman 041). And on Oct. 28 at 3 p.m., Dartmouth’s IT Security Engineer Adam Goldstein will host an open house dedicated to the topic of security (held in Haldeman 041). In late October (date TBD), a panel discussion co-hosted by ISTS and I3P will focus on ethical cyber behavior (details about this event will be available at: The I3P website  and the ISTS website).

“We are happy to partner with the National Cyber Security Alliance for National Cyber Security Awareness Month,” said Tom Candon, the associate director of ISTS. “Dartmouth is involved in so many research projects, teaching activities, and policy initiatives, that it makes sense we take the time to promote good behavior when it comes to online habits.”

“The I3P is also pleased to participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month and to join with ISTS, our on-campus member, to examine the ethical dimensions of cybersecurity,” said I3P Director of Research Scott Dynes. “Such educational activities are a core part of the I3P’s mission and help inform the public about the risks and responsibilities associated with today's cyber culture.”

Students, faculty, and staff at Dartmouth will see an increase in posters and flyers around campus that encourage cyber security and network best practices. A series of cartoons was commissioned from Gabby Schultz, a fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vt. They depict a character with sloppy computing habits and behaviors, providing a reminder to constantly remain alert and aware when it comes to your computer. The cartoons can be seen throughout the campus and at http://safecomputing.dartmouth.edu.

Now in its sixth year, National Cyber Security Awareness Month aims to educate millions of Americans about the importance of online security to themselves, their towns, their states and their country.

“This year, National Cyber Security Awareness Month will continue to focus on the simple message that all Americans share the responsibility for protecting the computers and networks they use,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the NCSA, in a press release. “Employing software tools and safe online behavior allows consumers, businesses, and children to use the Internet with confidence and reap the benefits of participation in a digital society. As we raise consciousness about Internet security in October, we must remember cyber security requires vigilance 365 days a year.”

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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