October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

learn good habits to #becyberaware

September 25, 2020 |


Did you know that millions of people fall victim to identity theft each year? Almost 1.7 million reports of fraud were submitted to the Federal Trade Commission in 2019, with identity theft and imposter scams coming in at the top of the list. And with big companies like Twitter, Marriott, and Nintendo all falling victim to data breaches in 2020, it's more important than ever to protect yourself and your information from cybercriminals.

As a part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October, we want to help you learn more about the importance of cybersecurity and what you can do to protect yourself, so you don’t become part of the statistics.

webinar: Cybersecurity Experts panel [ended]

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An engaging discussion on relevant topics like social media safety, smart devices, the importance of tools like multi-factor authentication, and more! Cybersecurity experts Michael Menne, Emerson Drapac, and Matthew Grandy answer a variety of questions from the audience and cover important cybersecurity tips.


MikeMenneWebsiteProfile.jpgMichael Menne, Host

Chief Information Security Officer at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Michael joined IT Solutions at Minnesota State Mankato in 2009 as a Systems Manager and became the Chief Information Security Officer in early 2016. He has been working to bring a more security-conscious mindset to campus. Michael has a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems and received his MBA at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

MatthewGrandy_CybersecurityExpertsWebinar2020.jpgMatthew Grandy, Panelist

Senior Offensive Security Engineer at FortyNorth Security

Matthew is a Minnesota State Mankato alumnus who has extensive experience leading penetration testing and red team engagements across various industries. He is an Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE) as well as an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and contributes regularly to the open source community, as he believes very strongly in elevating the security industry as a whole. Most notably, Matthew has contributed to the C# EyeWitness project as well as created MiddleOut, a C# compression utility.

EmersonDrapac_CybersecurityExpertsWebinar2020.jpgEmerson Drapac, Panelist

Security Consultant at NetSPI

Emerson is a young, skilled security professional with experience in security analytics, systems engineering, and research. Emerson graduated with a degree in computer information technology from Minnesota State Mankato and currently works as a penetration tester. Professionally, Emerson is interested in open source software and secure application development. He likes to spend his free time cooking, reading, and going for runs with his dog, Bear.

all october long: security tips & videos

Get weekly cybersecurity tips throughout October! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Mav Life. Plus, bookmark this page and check back later for brand new video shorts focused on each of the Four P's of Cybersecurity!

Video: Patching

Ignoring software updates can make your device vulnerable! When you don't update your system, software, and apps to the latest version, you're missing important security patches that help keep your device safe. Check for patches often and always be sure to only install official updates from the manufacturer.

Updating Mac Devices

Updating Windows Devices


Video: Phishing

Replying to suspicious emails can land you in a bad situation! Phishing is fraudulent activity including malicious emails, websites, text messages, and phone calls that aim to steal your information. If you receive a scam or phishing message, do not respond, click any links, or open attachments - it can put your security at risk! Instead, report it and put it in the trash.

Report Phishing Emails

Learn How to Spot Phishing


Video: Passwords

Writing down your passwords will put your account at risk - don't do it! Someone could find your passwords and easily breach your account. Instead, follow these best practices: keep your passwords private and safe, never re-use or share them, and ensure they are strong and secure.

How to Create Strong Passwords

More Password Tips


Video: Protect Your Devices

Leaving your device unattended leaves it free for the taking. Any stranger could snatch your technology and sneak away unnoticed, taking not only your device but your information too. Protect your devices by never leaving them unattended.

What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is all about being knowledgeable on and attentive to the possibilities of online cyberthreats. You should take active and frequent precautions to protect your devices and your information from threats such as fraud, theft, viruses, malware, phishing, and more. This is what we mean when we say, #BeCyberAware!

To help people do just this, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance created National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) back in 2004. Once again this year, IT Solutions is proud to celebrate and spread awareness of cybersecurity all month long. The Information Security Team is committed to preventing cyberthreats and fostering a community that is well educated on the importance of cybersecurity.

More resources

Have questions about cybersecurity? You can browse our resources any time online. Or, you can contact us and we'll answer your questions directly!

CyberAware Website

Top Cybersecurity Tips

Report an Incident


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