Clarkson University Pledges to Support National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018 as a Champion

Clarkson University is proud to announce that it has registered as a Champion of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2018.  The University is joining a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy.

Held annually in October, NCSAM is a multi-layered and far-reaching campaign that was created as a collaborative effort between education, government, and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information.  As an official NCSAM Champion, Clarkson University is demonstrating its commitment to ensuring to cybersecurity, online safety, and privacy.

“With every facet of our lives being made steadily more accessible through technology, the need for protecting all of that data is increasing rapidly.  We are all digital citizens who can improve our routines and practices to ensure not only our own cyber safety but that of the University community as a whole,” said Brian Huntley, Clarkson University Director of Network Services and Information Security.  “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month gives us an opportunity to highlight the importance of this diligence to the campus community.  However, protecting the University’s data and student data is an ongoing effort that includes risk analysis, policy, best practices for operations, end-user training and incident response. “

As part of Clarkson University’s NCSAM efforts, the University will be using digital signage and social media to promote awareness, encouraging the community to use technologies such as two factor authentication, practices such as strong and unique passwords and provide a refresher information security course to employees to help make sure they are up to date with the latest techniques for keeping our data and that of Clarkson’s students safe.  Additionally, the career center is prepared to help students explore career opportunities in cybersecurity, a growing field that is projected to outpace other professions over four-to-one in the next eight years.

For more information about NCSAM 2018, the Champion program and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #CyberAware on social media throughout the month.

About Clarkson University

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through more than 95 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences, and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations, and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

About National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit or

About NCSA

NCSA is the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with a broad array of stakeholders in government, industry and civil society. NCSA’s primary partners are DHS and NCSA’s Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; Aetna; AT&T Services Inc.; Bank of America; CDK Global, LLC; Cisco; Comcast Corporation; ESET North America; Facebook; Google; Intel Corporation; Logical Operations; Marriott International; Mastercard; Microsoft Corporation; Mimecast; NXP Semiconductors; Raytheon; RSA, the Security Division of EMC; Salesforce; Symantec Corporation; TeleSign; Visa and Wells Fargo. NCSA’s core efforts include National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28); STOP. THINK. CONNECT™; and CyberSecure My Business™, which offers webinars, web resources and workshops to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyber attacks. For more information on NCSA, please visit

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is the global online safety awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. The message was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, nonprofits, and government organizations with leadership provided by NCSA and the APWG. The campaign was launched in October of 2010 by the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Messaging Convention in partnership with the U.S. government, including the White House. NCSA, in partnership with the APWG, continues to lead the campaign. DHS leads the federal engagement in the campaign. Learn how to get involved by following STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ on Facebook and Twitter and visiting

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