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Cyber Security Awareness Month 2012

Congratulations Kyle Pustejovsky!

Winner of our Amazon Kindle Fire Giveaway: 


We would like to thank all students, faculty, and staff who participated in this year's Cyber Security Awareness Month! Look for us next October!

CSAM logo"The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is our responsibility."

This is the motto for the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign which is conducted every October. This year marks the eighth annual public awareness campaign to encourage everyone to take action towards protecting their information and the computers where it resides. Our shared responsibility means each of us must do our part—whether it’s using stronger security practices in our day-to-day online activities or helping raise community awareness, we can all contribute towards this common goal.

Texas State is supporting this campaign by encouraging participation in our own campus activities to increase security awareness and promote safe computing within our community. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for daily security tips as well as various contest announcements and weekly giveaways! Check out our list of On-Campus CSAM Activities below for even more chances to win!


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On-campus Cyber Security Awareness Activities

Throughout the month of October, the IT Security department will be around campus promoting safe computing and increasing computer security! Here are just some of the activities which will take place:

Frank The Phish
Frank the Phish!
Students, find Frank the Phish around campus for a chance to win a new Kindle! But be careful.. he may just try to phish for personal information.
Water Bottle Refresh Your Awareness! (October 24th)
Join the IT Security Team on the quad for a cool drink and giveaways. Ask the expert? Learn the ways Texas State protects your personal information and how to protect yourself.
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Stay Informed!
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and security tips! We will have weekly drawings for free giveaways!


Contest Information

Weekly Quizzes:

We will have a unique quiz every week starting Monday, October 15th and continuing through the month. The link to the quizzes (as well as some helpful answers) will be announced through our Facebook and Twitter feeds so be sure you are following us!

Each quiz will be open from noon Monday until noon Friday for the week. For a completed quiz, you will earn one entry into the weekly drawing and one entry into the grand prize drawing - this will allow you THREE total entries into the Grand Prize Drawing if you complete each quiz!

A total of three weekly winners will be announced at the end of the month. Each weekly winner will receive a $50 Gift Card!!

Quiz Schedule Open Date Close Date Link:
Quiz 1: Phishing Monday, October 15th Friday, October 19th Take Quiz!
Quiz 2: Passwords Monday, October 22nd Friday, October 26th Take Quiz!
Quiz 3: General Security Monday, October 29th Friday, November 2nd Take Quiz!


Grand Prize Drawing (Students Only):

The grand prize drawing is a raffle for a new Amazon Kindle! There are numerous ways to enter this grand prize drawing:

  • Every student who has followed us on Twitter or liked our Facebook page will automatically be granted one entry
  • For each of the weekly quizzes completed, you will be granted one entry
  • If you find Frank the Phish during the month of October and learn about phishing, you will receive another free entry
  • If you visit the IT Security booth in the quad during "Refresh Your Awareness" and Ask the Expert, you will receive another free entry!

The grand prize winner will be drawn Monday, November 5th


Other Cyber Security Awareness Activities

Educause 2013 Information Security Awareness Video and Poster Contest

The EDUCAUSE & Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) is conducting its fifth international contest in search of short information security awareness videos and posters developed by college students, for college students. The contest is sponsored by CyberWatch and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Winners will receive cash prizes. The videos and posters will be featured on the EDUCAUSE website and may be used in campus security awareness campaigns. Winners will be notified in April 2013.
For more information visit: http://www.educause.edu/securityvideocontest

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a consortium of government agencies and private industry sponsors, brings you National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) every October. 


National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a national campaign designed to increase the public’s awareness of cyber security and crime issues, so that users can take precaution to avoid these threats on the Internet.  The month will feature public relations activities, educational programs, events and initiatives throughout October that targets home users, small businesses, education audiences (K-12 and higher education), and child safety online.

Resources made available by the NCSA

Cyber Security Awareness Resources

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