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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Temple University’s Information Technology Services Department will be participating in this important initiative to raise awareness about best practices for staying safe online. All month long we will be sharing information/security tips on this page, on our social media pages and at our Information Security Booth event that will have prizes and giveaways.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

With suspicious cyber activity occurring daily across the globe, Information Technology Services is participating in the National Cyber Security Awareness (NCSAM) campaign to help promote the best practices to ensure cyber safe experiences for our university community.

Held every October, NCSAM provides the opportunity for ITS to share valuable information that will help you #BeCyberAware and #BeCyberSmart when faced with suspicious cyber activity.

This year’s theme is “Own IT, Secure IT and Protect IT,” and here are a few key things to keep in mind to help own, secure and protect your digital presence:


  • Own IT: Understand your digital profile.
    Make sure that you are taking the steps to ensure that you are owning your digital presence. Limit how much information you share, and whom you share information with when online. Check your privacy and security settings and set them up to your preferences.
  • Secure IT: Secure your digital profile.
    Secure your information against cybercriminals by creating strong passwords that use phrases, numbers and symbols. Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts. Think about it, if someone gets your password on one account, and it’s the same one for other accounts, that person can get into all your accounts. If a website has the option to use multi-factor authentication to access your account, enable it to add an extra layer of security.
  • Protect IT: Maintain your digital profile.
    Continue to be vigilant for phishing messages and report them. These tricky messages are often disguising as a familiar office or colleague and try to access your personal information by linking you to a fake log-in page or advertising a great deal to lure you in. Temple will never ask you for your password or personal information via email. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is and always think before you click any links or respond to a message. Check out our Phishing webpage for more tips on how to spot a scam. If you think you received a phishing message, forward it to

If you have your own cyber safe tips that you would like to share, feel free to post them on social media for the online community to see with the official hashtags #BeCyberAware and #BeCyberSafe, and tag @TempleTech.

Information Security Booth Events

Come meet our Information Security Team, learn more about cyber safety, and share your cyber security knowledge by spinning our prize wheel for a chance to win prizes and giveaways.

Date Time Building Location
Tuesday, October 15 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Bell Tower, Main Campus

NCSAM Resources