October: Information Security Is Everyone's Responsibility

Sample Tweets, Posts, and Materials to Promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month


For over a decade, colleges and universities have promoted National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) each October as part of a collaborative effort to ensure everyone has the resources they need to stay safe online. Since information security is everyone’s responsibility, here are some tips to share with your campus this month.

Get the Word Out

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Did you know?

  • 93% of Americans believe their online actions can help make the web safer for everyone.
  • However, 28% of Americans say they lack knowledge about ways to stay safer online. [Source]

It is important for each of us to be aware of the increasing security risks of mobile devices, from laptops and tablets to smartphones and wearable technology, and 24/7 access to our personal data.

  • Protect Your Device: Add a passcode to your cell phone, tablet, or laptop right now!
  • Use Strong Passwords or Passphrases: Especially for online banking and other important accounts.
  • Check Your Social Media Settings: Review your social media security and privacy settings frequently. Enable two-step verification whenever possible.
  • Educate Yourself: Stay informed about the latest technology trends and security issues such as malware and phishing.
  • Get Trained: Contact your institution’s IT, information security, or privacy office for additional resources or training opportunities.
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Social Posts


Tip: NCSA provides sample social media posts by August or September each year so you can schedule lots of security awareness tips and advice in advance of NCSAM in October. Or simply follow @StaySafeOnline, @STOPTHINKCONNECT, or #CyberAware and retweet during NCSAM and the months leading up to it.

E-Mail Signature

Ask staff to add a tip to their e-mail signature block and link to your institution’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month or information security page.


John Doe
Chief Information Security Officer
University of XYZ

Information Security is Everyone’s Responsibility! Learn more. [Link “Learn more” to your institution’s security awareness page/NCSAM activities or link to StaySafeOnline.org’s NCSAM page.]

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Share these resources with end users or use them to inform your awareness strategy.

Brought to you by the Awareness and Training Working Group of the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC).

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