October marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023! 


Join ASU Information Security and Digital Trust as we celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual recognition of digital safety. Weekly events, activities and articles to promote cybersecurity awareness will be occurring all throughout October!


To kick off the month, we invite the Enterprise Technology community to browse the many digital trust and cybersecurity services offered across ASU on GetProtected. You can also join in on the festivities by downloading the attached Cybersecurity Awareness Month Zoom background! 

The Department of Homeland Security sponsors Cybersecurity Awareness Month in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Arizona State University participates as a Cybersecurity Awareness Month champion.


We are an official Champion of #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth – are you? Learn more here #StaySafeOnline.

Download a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Zoom background to use throughout the month!

2023 Campaign

Week 1 (Oct. 2-6): Strong Passwords & Password Managers


Passwords becoming overcomplicated? Blend security and memorability with passphrases!

In order to evade hacking attempts, society has moved towards longer, more complicated passwords. However, this has made it difficult to remember login credentials.

Introducing a newer, practical alternative: passphrases, made up of unique sentences or word sequences that are both complex enough to ensure security and easy to remember due to personal significance. 

This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, maximize your account security by visiting GetProtected, where you can learn more about Stache – a simple, lightweight password manager for every code and phrase that secures your ASU Enterprise accounts. 

You can also visit the Enterprise Technology Newsroom to browse additional safety measures that will keep your accounts impenetrable.


Week 1 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Celebrate in-person and online!

Join us on Oct. 3 and 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union to learn about dodging phishing attacks, creating impenetrable passphrases, and spotting deepfakes in the wild. 

Can’t join us in person? Test your knowledge of all things cybersecurity – from email safety to insider threats and more – through the Center for Development of Security Excellence's Cybersecurity Trivia Twirl!

Week 2 (Oct. 9-13): Multifactor Authentication            wk2


Lock down your account security with Multifactor Authentication! 

Multifactor authentication is the act of using something you have – for example, a cell phone – to verify your identity, as opposed to relying solely on your password. This extra layer of protection offers peace of mind, ensuring that even if your password is compromised, your data will remain secure.

To learn more about ASU’s multifactor authentication solution, Duo, please visit GetProtected. For additional information about multifactor authentication, visit the National Cybersecurity Alliance’s article covering the basics and benefits.


Week 2 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Celebrate in-person and online!

Join us in the Pinal room at the Memorial Union on Oct. 10th and 19th for a cybersmart game of Jeopardy! From 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., your Jeopardy hosts will test the community's cybersecurity knowledge across a range of topics, from phishing to device safety and more.

The winner will not only be crowned this week’s CyberSmart Savant but will also receive a special prize for their efforts! Sign-up here!

Can’t join us in person? Test your knowledge at home by taking the “See Something Say Something” challenge developed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Week 3 (Oct. 16-20): Recognize and Report Phishing           


Generative Artificial Intelligence (genAI) models have proven themselves as powerful assets to the modern learner, creator, teacher, and worker. Unfortunately, they are also of great value to “phishers”: those who attempt to retrieve sensitive information from their targets by pretending to be a friend, loved one, or reputable institution. 


Join Enterprise Technology for the third week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month as we unravel novel security concerns related to genAI and discuss tactics for thwarting AI-powered phishing attempts.


Read on in the Enterprise Technology Newsroom.

Learn more about broad-spectrum Security and Privacy risks at the Digital Trust Summit for Week 3 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

The 2023 Summit will convene technologists, experts, enthusiasts, students, and leaders from across the industry to navigate the frontiers of rapidly advancing technology through the lens of trust and privacy.

#BeCyberSmart in an age of ever-evolving digital landscapes: register today!

Week 4 (Oct. 23-27): Keep Your Software Updated         


Keeping your software up-to-date = keeping digital threats at bay!

To protect your sensitive personal data from new digital threats, it is vital to maintain up-to-date software on your devices. 

Though you may be tempted to hit "remind me later," the newest software updates for apps and programs often contain important security patches. These patches will proactively protect your devices from vulnerability exploits, ensuring the confidentiality of your data. Not only that, security updates often improve functionality alongside safety!

Enjoying your favorite apps and programs doesn’t have to come at the expense of being #CyberSmart. To learn more about safeguarding your data, visit the National Cybersecurity Alliance’s article on Software Updates.


Week 4 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Grab your popcorn and join us for a CyberSafe movie night

End the month with a fun movie night! Grab popcorn and drinks with your colleagues across Enterprise Technology on Oct. 25 in the Student Services Building Amphitheater. 

Our screening of Blackhat begins at 2:00 p.m. sharp and will encapsulate the themes discussed throughout the month, including hacking, digital threats and even cyberwarfare. Sign up here!

Can’t join us in person? Problem-solve various cybersecurity quandaries through the Center for Development of Security Excellence's online escape room, where you’ll prove your CyberSmarts under a time limit!