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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:00 am

During October, the University of Hawai‘i Information Security Team will host five weekly broadcast presentations to promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The broadcast presentations will begin Oct. 4 and will coincide with a Facebook contest titled “Are you Cyber S.M.A.R.T.?” The presentations are meant to educate faculty, staff and students about how to be secure.

“There are always new ways that people are thinking of to get information out of you without you realizing it,” Information Technology Services communications officer Larry Wiss said. “And so students, just like everybody else, are susceptible to those new ways.”

WATCH AND WIN 

Those at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa can attend the presentations in Kuykendall Hall 201 or watch them at a later time at uhtv.its.hawaii.edu/ncam. The presentations will also be broadcast through the Hawai‘i Interactive Video Service to other UH campuses.

After watching the presentation, viewers can go to facebook.com/uhinfosec, answer a question about the video and “like” the page. This will enter participants in a weekly drawing for a $15 iTunes gift card.

In the week following the presentations, viewers can enter to win a $25 iTunes gift card by answering questions about the previous weeks.

In the past, ITS has hosted presentations and speakers,  but this is the first year it has done a series of broadcasts or

sponsored a contest.

“The security team itself at the university is really keying in on keeping everybody informed,” Wiss said.

WAYS TO PLAY IT SAFE

The presentations will have different themes each week and will look at topics ranging from keeping credit card information safe to getting rid of devices.

“Something that our first week is going to cover and something a lot of people don’t think about is when you dispose of information,” information security specialist Taylor Summers said. “If you dispose of a laptop, a phone, they all contain data, so the first week will be all about destruction.”

Wiss and Summers said they think passwords pose the biggest cyber security threat to students.

 “It’s very important that people change their passwords often, create strong passwords, and just don’t share them.” Wiss said.

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