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Week 4 – The Internet WANTS You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity – 10.23.17

Welcome to the fourth and final week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This week we focus on how you can get started in a cybersecurity career.

Cybersecurity is an extremely exciting field with many diverse skills and experiences needed. Last year’s ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) Cybersecurity Jobs Index highlights the demand and the US Department of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects an 18% growth in Information Security Analyst jobs through 2024.

Here are some ways to help you consider whether a career or certification in cybersecurity is right for you:

  • Take an online cybersecurity assessment that tests your personality and approach to problem solving to help you determine whether you would be a good fit for a career in cybersecurity. The assessment does not test your technical skills.
  • Visit the CyberAces web site for free training on cybersecurity fundamentals.
  • Explore the Holiday Hack Challenge web site where you can learn more about cybersecurity by playing a series of hacking challenges for the past six holiday seasons and a new one coming up this December.
  • Women and veterans who haven’t considered a career in cybersecurity are encouraged to visit a CyberTalent Immersion Academy for coursework and certifications to start a career in cybersecurity.
  • Speak with your academic advisor and college career center staff member to learn more about educational and career opportunities.

Our weekly awareness emails, supporting information and a growing list of security resources are available from the Cyber Security Awareness Month and Information Security pages on the CUNY web site.

If you have any questions about any of this information, please contact your college’s Information Security Manager.

Welcome to the third week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This week we focus on just how digitally connected our world has become. Specifically, how we can reduce cybersecurity threats as we move closer to an always-connected “Internet of things.”

Please help protect yourself against cyber criminals by:

  • Reading a security awareness newsletter on passphrases, a password creation technique to make all your devices—from smartphone and tablet to Internet connected thermostats and refrigerators—more secure.
  • Reading a security awareness newsletter on the Internet of Things (IoT) that describes Internet connected “smart” devices such as doorbells, light bulbs, WiFi routers, thermostats and refrigerators—and how to make them more secure.
  • Reviewing a poster on all the different ways your online identity, accounts and systems have value to cyber criminals.
  • Viewing a video (3 minutes) on malware, what it is, some common examples such as ransomware, and what you can do to stop it.

Our weekly awareness emails, supporting information and a growing list of security resources are available from the Cyber Security Awareness Month and Information Security pages on the CUNY web site.

If you have any questions about any of this information, please contact your college’s Information Security Manager.

Welcome to the second week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This week we are focusing on how to secure yourself to make it safer for you and your classmates/colleagues

Please help make your college and work environments more secure by:

You may also want to visit and bookmark a site where you can learn more about protecting yourself online with daily security awareness tips.

Our weekly awareness emails, supporting information and a growing list of security resources are available from the Cyber Security Awareness Month and Information Security pages on the CUNY web site.

If you have any questions about any of this information, please contact your college’s Information Security Manager.

Welcome to the first week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This week we are focusing on how to secure yourself at home to make it safer for you and those you live with. Making your home environment secure also helps to secure your work environment.

Please help make your home environment more secure by:

  • Reading two security awareness newsletters: one with four simple steps to protecting you and your family in your daily, personal lives, and two, with five steps to help you and others be secure.
  • Reviewing a poster on protecting your home.
  • Viewing a video (12 minutes) on the top three risks to kids online today and what you can do about those risks
  • Sharing these materials with others, including your family, friends and neighbors.

Our weekly awareness emails, supporting information and a growing list of security resources are available from the Cyber Security Awareness Month and Information Security pages on the CUNY web site.

If you have any questions about any of this information, please contact your college’s Information Security Manager.

CUNY is once again participating in the National Cyber Security Awareness Month program run by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to create awareness about cyber security. Each week in October, we will provide information and tips on protecting yourself at college, at work and at home. Our goal is to help you make the most of today’s technology…safely and securely.

Our weekly themes are as follows:

Week 1 – Securing yourself at home

Week 2 – Securing yourself at college and work

Week 3 – Today’s predictions for tomorrow’s Internet

Week 4 – Consider a career in cybersecurity

Remember that CUNY also provides an online security awareness course (please provide the registration information requested) that is catered to CUNY students, faculty and staff and a growing security resources list on the CUNY Information Security pages. You may also want to subscribe to OUCH! — the world’s leading, free security awareness newsletter designed for technology users.

*National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) content is copyrighted and reproduced under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 or Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.