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Cyber Connections News Roundup: October 8

Alex Kasten
By Alex Kasten

Get the latest cybersecurity news from leading companies, news outlets and blogs.

Cyber Connections News Roundup is a bi-weekly brief of online links to news stories and commentary of interest to the cybersecurity community, delivered on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Articles are selected for their newsworthiness, timeliness, potential impact, and reach.

October 8, 2019

UMGC Celebrates Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Activities and Information Aimed at Helping You Stay and Secure Online

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which takes place every October, is a great time to review online security habits at home and at work. At University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), we will be busy this month getting information out on a variety of topics, including cyber hygiene, cyber careers and more. Check out what’s happening this month:

  • This year’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme emphasizes personal accountability and stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. The overarching message – Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. – focuses on three key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and ecommerce security. This month, UMGC cyber faculty, students and alumni have joined together for a video series that kicks off on Wednesday, October 8 on the UMGC Global Media Center. Faculty and students will share their insights into each of the NCSAM themes and offer tips on understanding and securing your digital profile at home and at work.
  • Earlier this month we teamed up with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) to present “Decoding Your Cyber Career,” a one-day informational networking event on Oct. 2 to promote careers in cybersecurity. Attendees heard from cyber experts and educators about the demand for cybersecurity professionals, the latest trends within the industry, and the ways to best leverage knowledge, skills, and certifications for career success. Check out our coverage of the event, which featured keynote speaker Matt Dunlop, vice president and chief information security officer of Under Armour, Mike Janke, CEO and co-founder of DataTribe, as well as a panel of cybersecurity employers and students who shared their insights.
  • Finally, be sure to visit the Cyber Connections blog on Oct. 15 for a post from Balakrishnan Dasarathy, UMGC professor and program chair, cyber operations & information assurance, in which he discusses a state-wide effort in Maryland to convert its voice network-based 911 systems to IP and digital-based 911 systems. Dasarathy is involved in this effort and will share his insights into the associated cybersecurity challenges, such as ransom ware and denial of service attacks.

Happy National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Stay safe and stay tuned!