Cybersecurity Awareness Month

A month-long event hosted by Northeastern University.

Thank you for participating in Northeastern’s month-long recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month! It was a successful celebration of data privacy and security. Visit the Cybersecurity Awareness Month wrap-up post for some highlights from the month-long event and stay tuned to see what’s next during Data Privacy Week in January 2023!

Welcome to Northeastern’s month-long presentation of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

For each week in October, the university will recognize a theme that is relevant to the digital safety of the Northeastern community.

Sponsors across the university are excited to promote this education initiative around keeping you, your devices, and your data secure.

Week 1: Secure Your Data

Data is one of your most important assets and needs to be protected accordingly.

Week 1 brings attention to how we should be securing data and some useful resources you can enlist to help.

Event: Wednesday, Oct. 5

Security Awareness Training Kick-Off

Who: Faculty, Staff, and Sponsored Account Holders
Where: Online via Email Link
When: Through the End of October

Security Awareness Training is an important part of the Office of Information Security regimen that keeps the Northeastern community digitally safe and secure.

Event: Wednesday, Oct. 5

Office of General Counsel Compliance Colloquium – Don’t Let Your Data Byte You: Privacy and Personal Data Management

Who: Faculty and Staff
Where: Virtual
When: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET

Join CISO Harry Hoffman and experts including Sara Cable, Ken Liddle, and John Clarke as they discuss data privacy, security, retention, and management.

Register for the link!

Infographic of the Week

It may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to protect private data online. This week’s downloadable reminder is here to remind you about some easy ways to guard your info.

Week 2: See Yourself in Cyber

While cybersecurity may seem complicated to some, the truth is that everyone plays an important role.

Week 2 is all about understanding how everyone can protect themselves and the university.

Event: Thursday, Oct. 13

NU Preparedness Day

Who: Faculty, Staff, Students, and the General Public
Where: Curry Student Center, Boston Campus
When: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET

An event hosted by the Office of Emergency Management to educate students, faculty, staff, and the general public on safety and preparedness.

Stop by the Office of Information Security table for information on keeping safe from phishing scams.

Register for the event!

Infographic of the Week

Phishing emails are an inevitable occurrence if you’re on the web. Download this infographic for tips on how to avoid getting caught in a phish.

Video Resources

Week 3: Protect Your Privacy

Information sharing is rampant on the Internet, and it can be hard to know who has access to your data.

Week 3 is focused on online privacy and tips to protect your personal information. 

Event: Monday, Oct. 17

Data Destruction Day

Who: Faculty, Staff, and Students
Where: Centennial Common, Boston Campus
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET

It’s back! This annual event makes its return so members of the Northeastern community can safely, securely, and sustainably destroy personal data. 

Visit the Data Destruction Day webpage for details and to register!

Event: Wednesday, Oct. 19

Protect Your Privacy: A Discussion with Khoury Experts on the Challenges of Online Privacy

Who: Faculty, Staff, and Students
Where: 655 ISEC (In-person & Virtual)
When: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET

A panel of Khoury faculty, including Alan Mislove, Christo Wilson, Ada Lerner, and David Choffnes, will answer attendees’ questions about online privacy and security.

Missed the event? No worries! Stream it now.





Infographic of the Week

The cloud is a helpful tool in modern computing, but it is not impenetrable. Here’s some info on keeping secure when you house your data in the cloud.

Week 4: Connect Carefully

Internet-connected devices are very convenient, but can they be trusted not to overshare your personal information?

Week 4 highlights Internet-connected devices and their impact on privacy and security. 

Event: Wednesday, Oct. 26

Connect Carefully: A Discussion with Khoury Experts on the Privacy and Security of Internet Connected Devices

Who: Faculty, Staff, and Students
Where: 655 ISEC (In-person & Virtual)
When: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET

Faculty from Khoury, including Guevara Noubir, Dennis Giese, and Daniel Dubois, will answer questions about connected devices and how they affect privacy and security.

Missed the event? No worries! Stream it now.

Infographic of the Week

Keep your devices secure! Download this infographic now to learn more about staying secure while connected to the Internet of Things.