National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! For the last 3 years Pepperdine has been a "champion" (sponsor) of this national effort. This years skills reminders are being taken from the latest Stay Safe Online tip sheet. Our goal is to increase adoption of 4 skills from this tip sheet here at Pepperdine. Look for our reminders on posters, digital signage in the cafe during October. 

Cyber Security Month Logo 2015

These are the 4 themes and related skills for Pepperdine's National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015:

 1 "Keep a Clean Machine" - Update all your software!

Anti-virus is not enough; every computer we've examined that was taken over by criminals at Pepperdine has had anti-virus. You need your security updates to keep a clean machine. Consequences we've seen on campus include sending spam and phishing email from your accounts (spambot), loss of personal or university information (infostealer) and loss of access to your device (ransomware). ISO is asking all students, faculty and staff with personal machines on our network to visit and use the Qualys Browsercheck service to update their systems. Its safe, spam-free and easy to use.

 2 "Be Web Wise" - Back up your important data!

Students, how would you feel if your hard drive crashed and you lost your class project, photos and other important files? You can keep backup copies of those files on your Pepperdine Google Drive - it has UNLIMITED STORAGE! Get started at and use the upload function or "Google Drive" app to keep a copy of your data in the cloud. You can even use Pepperdine Google Drive to access it from all your devices.

Faculty and Staff, you can use Pepperdine Google Drive upload function or "Google Drive" app to keep Confidential (but not RESTRICTED) data backed up. You can do the same with our Microsoft LAN S: & U: drives. Either way, important departmental data should be backed up - hard disks crash when least expected and computers can be stolen. Get started with unlimited online storage at; you do NOT have to switch to Google email if you enroll.

 3 "Connect with Care" - Check for https or lock when entering password!

Do you know where the address bar of your web browser is? Do you know what a web browser is? Take a look at our examples page and you'll catch on. Basically, if you don't see https or a lock in the address bar, don't enter your password or financial information - your entry could be intercepted! And if you're entering a Pepperdine ID & Password, don't be fooled by graphics, which can be copied. Make sure the site you're connected to has and the https/lock in the address bar. It takes just a second like signaling and checking mirrors when changing lanes in a car. 

   4 "Protect Your Information" - Have a unique password for each account!

Each web or internet login you have should have a unique password. This prevents someone that breaks  into your hobby or social media site from using the password found there to get into your other accounts. A secure password manager app makes having a different password for every account easier. How? By creating a strong password to get into your password manager, you can memorize that one password, then let your password manager create, store and show you the strong passwords for all your other accounts. Visit for more information.

Help Publicize NCSAM 2015 at Pepperdine!

You can help us with the cyber security awareness campaign. Add the following graphic and text to the signature in your Pepperdine email for the month of October:


Shared Responsibility

October is National Cyber Security Month. As Pepperdine stewards, it is Our Shared Responsibility to safeguard the institution's assets and data.

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As always, if you have a question about the security on your device on the Pepperdine network please email us at infosec ~ at ~ or connect with the CISO on twitter @isopepper and Pepperdine IT on Facebook.