Throughout October, WPI Information Security offers tips and resources to keep logins, online activity, devices and data safe. Since 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month has been a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that all Americans have the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. Co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), WPI has joined as a champion to educate our community!


Do Your Part #BeCyber Smart

Welcome to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2021! This year’s theme empowers each individual to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace. Each personal security step we take also strengthens the cybersafety of WPI! As a champion, WPI partners with NCSA and CISA to educate our community about cybersecurity, promote better habits, and help you avoid pitfalls.

Why do we need NCSAM? Here are a few reasons:

  • Hackers attack every 39 seconds, on average 2,244 times a day. (University of Maryland)
  • 56% of Americans don’t know what steps to take in the event of a data breach. (Varonis)
  • 46% of organizations got all of their malware via email. (Verizon 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report)

There is a new theme with related links each week. You can also peruse information on the WPI Information Security Hub site.

WPI Information Security

New this year...WEBINARS!

Careers in Cybersecurity

Tue. October 5  6:30-7:15 PM (Zoom)

Join Larry Wilson, CISO, and Craig Shue, Assistant Professor in Computer Science, to hear about the cybersecurity workforce and paths you can take at WPI to get there.

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Secure Remote Work

Tue. October 12 12:15-12:45 PM (Zoom)

Keep data and logins safe – no matter where you are working. Find out more at this Lunch & Learn from Information Security!

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October  4-8  (week 1):

Careers in Cybersecurity

In addition to attending our webinar, there are many resources to explore how your talents may fit with the cybersecurity workforce!

Cybersecurity at WPI from CSCybersecurity ProfessionalsCybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat MapCybersecurity Career Pathway

October 11-15 (week 2):

Secure Remote Work

The Lunch & Learn webinar explains why every WPI login matters! Here are some guidelines to keep remote connections secure.

Working from Off-CampusRemote Work Tips from National Cybersecurity AllianceUse Multi-factor Authentication

October 18-22 (week 3)

Credential Protection is Critical

Credential Stuffing

It's Always Phishing Season for Scammers.

Phishing ExplainedSmishing & Vishing Explained

October 26-30 (week 4):

Good Riddance, Ransomware!

Larry Wilson, CISO, created this video to help our community understand and prevent ransomware.

Prevent Ransomware VideoPreventing Ransomware Attacks