Security Awareness

Welcome to Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Welcome to our first in a series for protecting yourself in honor of October being Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

DuoTo start us off, we are focusing on Duo Security. We have a quick tip to show you how to add a new device to your Duo two-factor authentication service, information about changes to authentication methods, and a sneak peek at the next version of Duo Mobile.

As you may have already heard, we are removing the option to use telephone calls and SMS (text messages) to authenticate with Duo in January. It is essential to have another authentication method in place to prevent any interruption in service. Be sure to contact the IT Help Desk if you need any assistance or questions about this upcoming change.

Also, Duo plans to release a redesigned Duo Mobile app, and the dates for that have been made official. Duo Mobile version 4 is scheduled to begin deployment upgrades on phones during the following timeframes:

For iOS: October 11 through 18, 2021.
For Android: October 11 through 15, 2021.

Join Us for “Hacking Your Brain for Better Cybersecurity!”

One attendee will receive a copy of 'Well Aware.' Just a reminder, SMU’s Chief Security Officer George Finney is hosting the webinar “Hacking Your Brain for Better Cybersecurity” on October 6, 2021, at 9 a.m. George will also be giving away a copy of his book, Well Aware, to one random lucky attendee!

Register now at

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist & Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). For over 25 years, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through multiple roles with the Digital Commons, SMU STAR Program, and now OIT. Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family in his free time.