National Cybersecurity Month - Free Webinars Available

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National Cybersecurity Month - Free Webinars Available

National Cybersecurity Month - Free Webinars Available


October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Michigan State University Information Technology wants to ensure that you stay safe and secure online–which means more than just creating a strong password. Protecting yourself and the MSU community is all about increasing your knowledge so that you can decrease cybersecurity risk. The more aware you are, the safer and more secure you will be. 

Join us this month as the MSU IT Information Security team hosts free, informative webinars featuring special guests from around our community to discuss unique cybersecurity topics, including Professor Rick Wash, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and Director and Professor Thomas Holt, MSU School of Criminal Justice.

In addition to our webinars, The Ohio State University has invited Spartans to participate in their Cybersecurity Days. This free, online conference promotes better awareness about cybersecurity in your digital life.  

OSU Cybersecurity Days

Technical Forum

Register: Wednesday, October 6, 9:00 am 

  • Expert and novice technologists learn about cybersecurity as it applies to their field of expertise. This day is designed for IT staff to foster curiosity and spark innovation toward a safer security posture for all. Presented by The Ohio State University.

Community Forum

Register: Wednesday, October 13, 9:00 am 

A forum for all to learn actionable steps you can take to protect yourself and your community from cybersecurity threats. Presented by The Ohio State University.

How to Catch a Phish

Register: Thursday, October 14, 1:00-2:00 pm 

  • ComArtSci Professor Rick Wash tells us how to spot a phish like the experts. 
  • Wash’s work involves understanding how people think about their interactions with computers, and their interactions with other people through computers, with a particular focus on security and collaborative systems. He is currently the Primary Investigator on three NSF grants, including an NSF Early Faculty CAREER award. 

Scrap Value of Your NetID 

Register: Tuesday, October 19, 3:00-4:00 pm 

  • How much is your NetID worth to cybercriminals? The MSU IT Information Security team has the answer.

Okta-ober and MSU’s New Login Experience

Register: Thursday, October 21, 1:00-2:00 pm 

  • MSU’s Information Security team talks about multi-factor authentication and other tools MSU IT uses to help keep our data secure. 

Data Breaches and Fraud

Register: Thursday, October 28, 1:00-2:00 pm 

  • School of Criminal Justice Director and Professor Thomas Holt discusses the relationship between data breaches and fraud. He’ll cover why data breaches happen and how they fuel a larger market for stolen card data that people use for fraudulent purchases and economic crime.
  • Holt’s research focuses on computer hacking, malware, and the role of the Internet in facilitating all manner of crime and deviance. His work has been published in various journals including Crime and Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and Youth and Society. 

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