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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!! A student led initiative called “Be the Key” is geared towards raising cybersecurity awareness across campus. The weekly themes for this month include:

  • Cyber Security: the U, the I, and the Y” How does cyber security affect my life?  
  • Hook, line and sinker: Phishing and Social Engineering
  • Am I Oversharing? Securing your device and your online presence
  • Fake News: Spotting and Combatting misinformation on the web

Follow Be the Key on the myUMBC website (or click the tab to your left) for the latest updates on tabling events, interesting articles, and free giveaways!

  • UMBC Response to Heartbleed Security Incident

    Issue potentially affects "https" web sites using Open SSL
    A major security vulnerability named Heartbleed was disclosed Monday night.  The vulnerability affects a large portion of websites on the Internet, and here at UMBC, that use the "https:" protocol...
    Posted: April 9, 2014 7:40 PM
  • Everyone Must Reset Password and Create Security Questions

    Deadline: May 23, 2014
    Update: Given recent IT security threats generally, DoIT has decided to force the password change to May 23, 2014, the day after Undergraduate Commencement. Thank you in advance for your patience...
    Posted: April 2, 2014 10:57 PM
  • Phishing Scam Alert - Subject: IT Service Help Desk

    UMBC would never ask "users are to verify there accounts."
    A new phishing scam is threatening to deactivate email accounts. This email is not from UMBC. Do not click this link. Here's what's being received: "This E-mail is sent by the HelpDesk...
    Posted: November 11, 2013 12:48 PM
  • Phishing Scam Alert: Fake Blackboard Notifications

    Blackboard email notifications do not require you to sign in
    A new phishing scam is attempting to fool people into providing personal information by claiming that there is a Blackboard notification waiting for them, and provides a link for logging into...
    Posted: October 10, 2013 2:09 PM
  • All Students Required to Create Account Security Questions by May 22

    To facilitate self service, all students will be required to create security questions only they can answer by Tuesday, May 22, so they can access their account and reset their own password. A...
    Posted: April 17, 2012 1:07 PM
  • Phishing Attacks: How to Spot Fake Emails

    Phishing emails often pretend to be from your bank, credit card company, eBay or PayPal. However, you also get legitimate messages from these companies, so how do you tell the real ones from the...
    Posted: September 12, 2011 6:15 PM