College Administrators

How you can support NCSAM

The Internet is a critical resource to today’s higher education community. As a college administrator, you can play an essential role in ensuring your students, faculty and staff stay safe and secure online. A great place to start is by participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month each October. Whether you are able to show your support for just one day or every day this October, consider the following ways you can make a difference to raise cybersecurity awareness. 

What you can do…

…in one minute:

  • Email other school administrators and student leaders about National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Encourage them to integrate messages about “Our Shared Responsibility” in maintaining cybersecurity in their written communications and presentations to campus audiences during October. Find more information about NCSAM.   
  • Email the NSCAM poster to campus administrators, deans, housing managers and other campus leadership. Ask them to display the poster in common areas beginning Oct. 1. Download the poster and other materials.
  • Promote NCSAM on your university website and social media pages. Find web banners to post and buttons and social media content to share on your university's social platforms.

…in one hour:

  • Show your cybersecurity leadership by becoming a NCSAM Champion. It’s free and easy to sign up.
  • Schedule a meeting with security personnel or campus police to discuss ways you can partner on strengthening cybersecurity on campus. Include cybersecurity as an agenda item in an upcoming staff or faculty meeting.

…in one day:

  • Ask the board of trustees to pass a formal proclamation in support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, observed nationwide each October.

…all month long:

  • Hold a campus poster/video contest in which students create public service announcements to educate their peers using STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, the global online safety awareness campaign. Display the posters around your classroom and in school hallways. Share past STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ videos as examples.

…all year round:

  • Update your college/university computer acceptable use policies to be consistent with current technologies. For tips, see our teaching resources.
  • Develop and implement a campus-wide policy to notify students, faculty and staff in the event of an online data breach.