Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Friday Update

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is in full swing. OIT has joined the annual campaign led by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA). The campaign emphasizes how the public and private sector can work together and to do our own individual part in building a secure online world. This year we are continuing to use the overarching theme of “Do Your Part, #BeCyberSmart.” Many cyber professionals are aware of the risks and issues in our increasingly virtual world. At SMU, we want your help to improve out cyber posture and use the knowledge you get at work to help others take a safe and aware approach to cybersecurity.

Each of us can get involved this October to help all of us be more safe and secure online. Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart by utilizing the following resources:

CISA’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month Website:

CISA’s Cyber Essentials – basic cyber best practices for business leaders:

OIT’s Information Security at SMU site – security awareness, understanding threats, and university policies:

Please remember that SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) will NEVER ask you to verify your account information, provide your password, or any personally identifiable information via email. Do not respond to any emails requesting this information. If you are still unsure, contact the IT Help Desk ( or 214-768-HELP), and they will be happy to verify the legitimacy of the message. For more information about reporting spam or phishing, please visit

Thank you for helping to protect our accounts and SMU information.

Did you miss “Hacking Your Brain for Better Cybersecurity?”

Just a reminder, SMU’s Chief Security Officer, George Finney’s webinar “Hacking Your Brain for Better Cybersecurity” is available to watch 24/7 online.

Watch the 'Hacking Your Brain for Better Cybersecurity' webinar'

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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.