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What is Cyber Security Awareness Month? Cyber Security Awareness Month is an internationally recognized campaign held each October to inform the University of Regina community of the importance of cyber security and what they can do to be cyber safe! Take part by learning how you can secure your online identity, passwords and accounts from hackers and malware. 

This campaign is focused on helping all the University of Regina community be more secure online, by being informed and knowing the simple steps to take to protect themselves, their families, their workplace, their school, and their devices.

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CSAM 2020: This year, we’re making Cyber Security Awareness Month all about the things we care about most: our devices. And in the spirit of device appreciation, we’ve created five weekly themes showcasing our favorite devices.

Each week, we’ll be highlighting a different aspect of cyber security, and demonstrating how you can show your devices how important they are to you by keeping them safe and secure.


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Week 1 (Oct. 1 to Oct. 3): Devices have become an integral part of our lives. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to remember all of the connected devices we use on a daily basis. The first few days of CSAM will focus on taking stock of all of the devices in your life. 

This week, we’ll take stock of all our devices, how we use them and remind ourselves why they’re so important to us — and why we need to appreciate them.  

You can start by taking stock of your own cyber security knowledge by taking the Get Cyber Safe Assessment Checkup.  This is a 5 minute interactive exercise which provides insight to your personal cyber safety!

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Devices have become an integral part of our lives, to the point where its hard to remember all of the connected devices we use on a daily basis. The first few days of Cyber Security Awareness Month 2020 focus on taking stock of all the devices in your life! This week focuses on identification of how much we rely on our devices - they are worth securing! 

See the Infographic for Week 1: Move Over, Dogs - Devices Are Our New Best Friends.

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Week 2 (Oct. 4 to Oct. 10): Whether you want to connect with your loved ones, knock some things of the work 'to-do' list, or just kill time, your phone is there when you need it. It is time to repay your phone for all it has done for you by making sure it is properly secured!

 Device Updates

 Smishing Scams

File Mobile Device Security Checkup

Week 3 (Oct. 11 to Oct. 17): Phones are great, but there are some things that it can do as well as a old-fashoned laptop or desktop!  When you need to churn out some work, respond to lots of emails, or do some research, you rely on your PC.  Let's reward these important devices with some sell deserved caring.  This week, Computer Week, we will discuss some important things you can do to keep your computer safe, like:

  • Using passphrases and complex passwords
  • Malware protection
  • Being aware of phishing scams
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Passwords and Passphrases: It might seem simple, but a strong password can make all the difference to account security.  As a general rule:

Malware: Malware is malicious software that infects your computer so cyber criminals can infiltrate your device, and capture your capture your data.

You can avoid getting infected by not clicking suspicious links, downloading only from legitimate sources and having  an up-to-date antivirus software installed on your system.

Learn more about malware:

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