October is cybersecurity awareness month

Look for contests, events, prizes and a paper shred on Bearcat Commons

With a cyber attack every 39 seconds, the digital landscape can feel like a battlefield.

This October, the University of Cincinnati's Office of Information Security is turning those stats into action — and fear into fun by diving into a month of engaging activities and challenges designed to boost your cybersecurity IQ. 

Week 2: Using strong passwords

This is Week 2 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're focusing on the importance of using strong passwords and password managers. A strong password is your first line of defense against cyber threats. Learn how to create one and manage it effectively.

Visit the Cybersecurity Awareness Month page for more tips and participate in our events and activities to win prizes and arm yourself with knowledge!

Webinar led by industry experts

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TechGuard experts covered four essential topics: phishing, passwords and password managers, multi-factor authentication, software updates, and AI. The presentation was folowed by a Q&A session.

Cybersecurity awareness contests

As we look forward to Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2024, we want to remind you that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Stay informed year-round; our collective awareness is the strongest armor we have against current threats. Human error and lack of knowledge are always our weakest links, but together, we can stay informed and secure.

Thank you again for making October 2023 a month to remember. Let's continue to build a safer cyber community at the University of Cincinnati!

Meme Competition: Show off your meme-making skills and win prizes! The contest runs now through Oct. 31.

Printable Resources

Staying in the know is the first step to staying secure! Share these password tips from the National Cybersecurity Alliance. 


Visit the Office of Information Security's Cybersecurity Awareness Month page for more resources.

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