Information Technology


Welcome to October, the National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This is a unique month-long Cyber Security awareness program put together by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
This “Welcome message” outlines what you can expect from your UMass Boston IT Security Team this month.
As part of this program we will share new resources on cyber security each week and run multiple simulations and activities.
Look for your Cyber Security expert, Alison Murray, at our Cyber Security Info Table in the Campus Center 2nd floor near the catwalk, on October 12th, 18th, and 24th, from 12-2. Stop by the table and ask any questions you may have regarding this month’s topics or anything else you might want to know about Cyber Security. This can range from how to make a strong passphrase you can remember to how to secure your mobile device to general tips for online safe computing behaviors.
Each week we will be highlighting an important Cyber Security topic, hoping to inform the UMass Boston community on ways to protect themselves at work and at home.

  • Week 1 (October 3-7): Welcome Week – Keep an eye out for our posters around campus and on the buses as well as pamphlets about using passphrases!
  • Week 2 (October 11-14): Phishing: Don’t take the Bait
  • Week 3 (October 17-21): Beware of Ransomware
  • Week 4 (October 24-28): The Art of Passphrases
Google has created a good resource for staying safe online. Read the Google Safety Center booklet (pdf).