October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

This year’s theme is Our Shared Responsibility. MSU Information Technology (IT) Security encourages the community to get involved and do their part to make our Internet, MSUnet, safer and more secure for everyone.

  • Read information posted on MSU’s technology security site at tech.msu.edu/secureIT/
  • Check the STOP-THINK-CONNECT Web site for additional information at staysafeonline.org/
  • Share online safety advice and links to resources on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #NCSAM.

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Why is Cyber Security Awareness Important?

To protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information in today’s highly networked systems environment requires that all individuals – students, faculty, staff, and visitors:

  • Understand their roles and responsibilities related to individual and institutional security.
  • Understand the organization’s information technology security guidelines, procedures, and practices.
  • Have at least adequate knowledge of the various management, operational, and technical controls required and available to protect the IT resources for which they are responsible.

Visit the IT Services website for security guidelines and practices recommended for the MSU community.

Have questions?

Contact the IT Services Support Desk at (517) 432-6200.


National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a coordinated national effort focusing on the need for improved online safety and security for all Americans. NCSA, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center work together to empower consumers, schools, businesses, and government agencies to stay safe online, devoting the full month of October to public awareness and education. NCSAM reminds us that emerging cyber threats require engagement from the entire American community. This year’s theme “Our Shared Responsibility,” aims to amplify the importance for all Internet users to do their part in making the Internet safer.

SecureIT is Michigan State University’s cyber security awareness initiative. Throughout the year, Information Technology Services keeps the MSU community up to date on the latest information security threats and posts information at tech.msu.edu/SecureIT and @TechAtMSU twitter account. When information security issues arise, IT Services Support Desk alerts are distributed by email and posted at servicesstatus.msu.edu. The goal of our initiative is to keep the MSU community informed about the latest cyber security threats so that both personal and university information resources remain secure.