BeCyberSmart: Oberlin joins the World in October Cybersecurity Month

October 2, 2023 2:30 PM

Center for Information Technology

3D illustration depicting cyber security.

In 2022, the average cost of a data breach in the higher education sector was $3.9 million. This was up from $3.79 million in 2020. The importance of robust cybersecurity practices cannot be emphasized enough to withstand cyber-attacks. As we step into October Cybersecurity Month, it becomes a crucial call to action.

Why October Cybersecurity Month?

In today’s interconnected world, the repercussions of cybersecurity breaches are far-reaching. To underscore this, here’s a glimpse of what to expect during this month:

Knowledge and Awareness

We’ll provide you with insights into the significant impact of end-user errors, contributing to a staggering number of data breaches.

The Cost of Neglect

Discover the financial toll that cybersecurity lapses can inflict, affecting not only individuals but also organizations like Oberlin College.

What to Expect

This month, CIT has prepared a diverse collection of content and activities designed to enhance cybersecurity awareness and resilience.

How You Can Get Involved

Every member of the college community is encouraged to actively participate in October Cybersecurity Month by taking three essential steps:

  1. Use NEW Secure Wireless: Protect your data transmissions and ensure a protected, encrypted connection for all your online activities.
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  2. Use NEW Secure VPN: Protect your digital footprint.
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  3. Cybersecurity Awareness Training: Complete a short game-like cybersecurity awareness training assigned to staff this summer if you haven’t completed it yet. Faculty and students, you were included; be on the lookout for the assignment this October.
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As a token of our appreciation, those who complete these three crucial steps will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a brand-new iPad.