February 2018: Good Cybercitizens Make the Internet a Safer and Better Place

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Campus Security Awareness Campaign 2018
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Digital citizenship is an important part of an individual's online identity and requires everyone to take steps to make the Internet an enjoyable, safe place for everyone. As cybersecurity professionals, we need to help our end users across all generations grow as digital citizens and enable them to make the Internet safer and more secure. Promote and encourage awareness, responsibility, and respect by sharing and customizing the following information.

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"The Internet is a powerful and useful tool, but in the same way that you shouldn't drive without buckling your seat belt or ride a bike without a helmet, you shouldn't venture online without taking some basic precautions." This is an important reminder from the National Cyber Security Alliance that cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility as an individual and a member of our ever-growing online community. Here are some tips to keep in mind as we work together to create a better, safer digital world for ourselves and others.

  • Own your online presence. To keep yourself safe, set privacy and security settings on web services, apps, and devices to your comfort level. You do not have to share everything with everyone. It is your choice to limit what (and with whom) you share personal information.
  • Be a good digital citizen. The things that you would not do in your physical life, do not do in your digital life. If you see crime online, report it the same way that you would in real life. Keep yourself safe and assist in keeping others safe on the Internet.
  • Respect yourself and others. Practice good netiquette, know the law, and do not do things that would cause others harm. The Golden Rule applies online, as well.
  • Practice good communications. Never send an e-mail typed in anger. Put it in your draft folder and wait. Keep in mind that digital communications do not give the reader the same visual or audio cues that speaking in person (or by video or phone) does.
  • Protect yourself and your information. Use complex passwords or passphrases, and don't reuse the same password or variations of a simple phrase. Better yet, enable two-factor authentication or two-step verification whenever possible.
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  • Stay Informed! Your #cybersecurity begins with you. #CyberAware #DigitalCitizenship #OnlineSafety
  • It's not about the technology—it's about how you use it. Connect & share with care. #CyberAware #DigitalCitizenship #OnlineSafety
  • Keep your cloud time safe. Use 2-factor authentication to protect yourself & your info online. #OnlineSafety #DigitalCitizenship #CyberAware
  • Own your online presence and identity! Value & protect your personal info. #CyberAware #DigitalCitizenship #OnlineSafety
  • Be a good digital citizen. Practice proper netiquette when you're online. #CyberAware #DigitalCitizenship #OnlineSafety
  • Be social media savvy. Think about how others could use the information you post. #CyberAware #DigitalCitizenship #OnlineSafety

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Ask staff members to add a tip to their e-mail signature block and link to your institution's information security page.


Jane Doe

Information Security Office

XYZ College

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