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Activities and Events in October to Promote Online Safety and Security

Adelphi, Md. (October. 1, 2014) University of Maryland University College is planning events and activities to promote online safety and security during National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. Part of this effort is joining with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to promote its Stop. Think. Connect.™ Campaign.

Stop. Think. Connect.™ was created to foster an understanding that "cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone can take a few simple steps to make the Internet more secure," according to DHS.

UMUC’s Center for Security Studies will be conducting a webinar, "Things That Keep Me Awake at Night," with Emery Csulak, deputy chief information security officer for DHS. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, from noon to 1 p.m.

UMUC will also be promoting cyber security awareness and the DHS campaign on its social media channels using #stopthinkconnect and #NCASM. As part of social media promotion of the campaign, UMUC will also be posting a series of videos with IT and faculty experts providing tips on protecting your data and other topics to educate and promote online safety and security.

The University will be hosting internal Cyber Security Awareness Days during the last week of October, where awareness materials, including mouse pads and bookmarks with cyber security tips, will be distributed, and experts will field questions from students and staff on cyber security issues.

Cyber security faculty and professional staff members from the University's Information Technology Risk and Compliance Office will conduct a live Twitter chat on Oct. 23 to provide an opportunity to ask questions and get information regarding data privacy, protection and security.

For more information about UMUC events and activities during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, please contact Bob Ludwig at 301-985-7253 or email at

About University of Maryland University College

University of Maryland University College (UMUC), headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, is the largest public university in the United States, serving 84,000 students and offering 95 undergraduate and graduate programs online and on-site. In addition, UMUC is one of the largest public providers of online higher education in the nation. UMUC boasts a 65-year history of service to the military and currently enrolls an estimated 45,000 military servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents each year. The university offers face-to-face instruction at 20 locations throughout Maryland and educational services in 28 countries and territories and more than 150 locations worldwide, including the Middle East. UMUC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland.