InfoSec Blog - Cyber Security Awareness Month 2020 - Week #1 Password Security
October 5, 2020
Every October in recognition of Cyber Security Awareness month, the Information Security team ramps up our awareness efforts to educate the campus community on the online dangers that we face every day. This includes offering simple and effective advice on how students, staff, and faculty can protect themselves and the University.
This year cyber security is more important than ever as bad actors try to take advantage of the COVID-19 situation through phishing, fraud, and targeted attacks on research institutions.
The good news is that the Information Security team is here to help. We have some exciting things planned for October, including events that run throughout the month with lots of prizes to give out so keep reading to find out how you can participate and win!
This Week is Password Security Week!
Passwords are still the most important mechanism for protecting your central login account, so it is important to follow proper password hygiene:
Make all of your passwords complex (Strong passwords and Passphrases)
Never use your U of G password for any other account (Don't Get Password Fatigue)
Use a password manager to help avoid password reuse (Getting Started with a Password Manager)
Change your U of G password at least once a year
Never share your U of G password with anyone – University staff will never ask you for it!
Exercise caution when accessing online sites that request your login information
Always change default passwords for devices that you install in your home, such as your WiFi router and smart appliances
Review U of G’s new Password Standard (https://www.uoguelph.ca/ccs/infosec/password_standard) which describes requirements for password complexity and proper management practices to reduce the risk of password tampering, theft, and misuse. This is especially relevant for those users with elevated privileges or responsibilities in managing user accounts.
Are you already a password expert? Want to win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card? Simply take the weekly security awareness quiz for a chance to win!
This year our Cyber Security Roadshow is an all online event running throughout October. For more chances to participate and win great prizes, visit our 2020 Roadshow website (uoguel.ph/2020roadshow)
Thank you for your assistance and continued support in our cyber security awareness efforts, and please feel free to share this message.
Written by: Stephen Willem (Chief Information Security Officer)