October 16, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. - Vincennes University today announced its commitment
to Cybersecurity Awareness Month, held annually in October, by signing
up as a Champion and joining a growing global effort to promote the
awareness of online safety and privacy.
The Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champions Program is a
collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges
and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations, and
individuals committed to this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month
theme of ‘Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.’ The program aims to empower
individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their
part of cyberspace.
“The theme this year is very appropriate because we do need everyone
to do their part and own their role in the fight against cybercrime.
Participating in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)
provides our Information Technology students with the opportunity to
learn how to educate others and create awareness about protecting
digital assets, which is an important part of being a successful IT
Professional,” VU Information Technology Chair Jaci Lederman said.
This cybersecurity awareness campaign serves as an excellent reminder
of every student, faculty, and staff's responsibility to ensure and
protect our network, devices, and systems in use at VU. One of the
myths is that cybersecurity is only an IT issue, nothing can be
further from the truth. Our technology and data are only as secure at
our weakest link accessing such. During October, the University’s
Management Information Center (MIC) will be enhancing security
awareness and education. Specifically in partnership with KnowBe4, an
email phishing awareness and training program, will be further
implemented to reduce the risks of malicious emails, which are
considered to be our single greatest threat at this time.
The overarching message of this year’s theme, ‘If you Connect it,
Protect it,’ dives into the importance of keeping connected devices
safe and secure from outside influence. More than ever before,
connected devices have been woven into society as an integral part of
how people communicate and access services essential to their
well-being. Data collected from these devices can detail highly
specific information about a person or business which can be exploited
by bad actors for their personal gain. Cybersecurity Awareness Month
aims to shed light on these security vulnerabilities while offering
guidance surrounding simple security measures to limit the
susceptibility of threats for commonly used devices.
In collaboration with VU’s Management Information Center (MIC),
Information Technology students will provide security tips and best
- Empowering our workforce with resources on cybersecurity (Do Your
- Security hygiene for connected devices on public wi-fi networks
(If you Connect it, Protect it)
- Secure password creation using passphrases (Lock Down your Login)
- Spotting email phishing attempts a (Think Before you Click)
Information Technology students maintain a website dedicated to
cybersecurity. Throughout October, this site, vinu.edu/secure, will be
used to communicate awareness and cybersecurity-related information.
“It is scary how easy it is to be hacked and scammed,” VU Information
Technology student Tyler Stevens said. “The NCSAM is a good reminder
about all the different ways cyber attacks happen and how to protect yourself.”
If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security
practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable
audiences, or training employees – our interconnected world will be
safer and more resilient for everyone.
“From small non-profits to multi-million-dollar revenue-earning
organizations, the risk of cyber attacks is something that must be
addressed and mitigated. The students in our Information Technology
Concentration Bachelors of Science degree program are making the
connection between business processes at the functional level and the
need for cybersecurity throughout the supply chain,” Lederman said.
Students in Lederman’s ERP Systems class are connecting with
organizations to learn how different various businesses create
awareness about cybersecurity in their workforce.
“I found it interesting that some businesses have not really thought
about or addressed the need to have cybersecurity in place,” VU
Information Technology student Nathan Lengacher said.
VU Information Technology student Macy Wieling added, “Cybersecurity
isn’t something you want to learn about the hard way. Businesses of
all sizes can use the NCSAM as a way to educate their employees.”
Now in its 17th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to
build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing everyone
with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online.
Vincennes University is proud to support this far-reaching online
safety awareness and education initiative which is co-led by the
National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and
Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“Cybersecurity is important to the success of all businesses and
organizations. NCSA is proud to have such a strong and active
community helping to encourage proactive behavior and prioritize
cybersecurity in their organizations,” said Kelvin Coleman, Executive
For more information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 and how
to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/.
You can also follow and use the official hashtag #BeCyberSmart on
social media throughout the month.