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  1. Cyber Security Awareness Month

  2. Cyber Security Awareness:Updates • Update your OS • Operating Systems are not perfect. As they get older, vulnerabilities and errors are found and exploited. • Updates are intended to fix these. • Windows has a built in feature called Automatic Updates. Enabling it will ensure your system stays up to date. • • Update all other Software • Microsoft Office can be updated online. • Most other third party applications contain a way to update them. Many are automated.

  3. Cyber Security Awareness:Firewall • Windows has a built in Firewall. • Firewalls prevent unauthorized traffic from entering the computer • Example: PCs can be remotely controlled. A firewall can prevent remote users from doing this • Verify the Windows Firewall is enabled • Enabled by default in service pack 2 and above • There are third party firewalls available • ZoneAlarm • Free for personal use • • Hardware based firewalls can be incorporated into routers • Used predominantly with home networks • Only use one OS Firewall at a time

  4. Cyber Security Awareness:Anti-Virus • Virus is a term that is used to refer to malicious software. In reality, it is one of many types of software that has malicious intent (malware). • Viruses • Worms • Trojan Horses • Key-loggers • etc… • Can • Destroy data • Cause hardware failure • send sensitive information to others • etc…

  5. Cyber Security Awareness:Anti-Virus • Protect your PC by installing an Anti-Virus program • Update it daily, automatically if possible. • Scan your PC on a regular basis. If possible, setup automatic scanning. • Although it is possible, it is not recommended to use multiple AV programs on the same PC at the same time. • Some Manufacturers will include AV software in a suite that provides other protection • Example: Norton’s Internet Security includes: • Firewall • Spam filter • Parental Controls

  6. Cyber Security Awareness:Anti-Virus • Available • Free • AVG • Free for personal use • • Avast • Free for Personal use • • Nominal Fee • McAfee • Can be purchased as part of a security suite • Http:// • Norton • Can be purchased as part of a security suite •

  7. Cyber Security Awareness:Anti-Spyware • Spyware is another type of Malware. The main purpose behind Spyware is to monitor your activities and transmit them to a third party, usually, without your consent. • Example: Popup Ads • Spyware is generally installed via malicious or hacked web sites, but, it is possible to get spyware the same way as a virus. • Example: Cool Web Search Toolbar

  8. Cyber Security Awareness:Anti-Spyware • Install an Anti-Spyware Program. • In most cases, more than one can be used. • Keep it up to date. Automatic updating is available in some. • Scan your PC on a regular basis. If possible, setup automatic scanning. • Micorsoft provides an Anti-Spyware program called Windows Defender. It is currently in Beta, which means it is still being tested, but available to general public without warranty. • Updated via Automatic Updates •

  9. Cyber Security Awareness:Anti-Spyware • There are many free third party Anti-Spyware programs available. (Be careful though, some spyware programs are actually spyware.) • Spybot Search and Destroy • Free • • Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware • Free for Personal Use • • SpywareBlaster • Free • Prevents Spyware from being installed. •

  10. Cyber Security Awareness:Passwords • Passwords: • Minimum of 8 characters (more like 17) • Combination at least three of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols • P@55w0r|) spells “Password” (Example only!) • Use of Passphrase • Do not write it down • Do not use personal information • Do not use the same password for everything • Don’t use the same password with a minor change

  11. Cyber Security Awareness: Lock-it or Logout When leaving your computer: • Lock your PC when you leave it • CTRL+ALT+DEL, then click “Lock Computer” • Quick lock with Windows+L keys • Set a screensaver with password protection • Logout • Shutdown

  12. Cyber Security Awareness: Lock-it or Logout: Windows Key

  13. Cyber Security Awareness:Accounts • Windows has two administrator accounts for users when installed. • Set strong passwords for both • Only use admin accounts for admin tasks like installing software or making operating system changes • Create user accounts for all users • This adds privacy and security to individual’s data • Prevents unauthorized users from installing software or changing the operating system • When online, some sites will attempt to install software, some of it is malicious in nature • Disable the Guest account • This is the default state for newer operating system, so verify

  14. Cyber Security Awareness: Browsing • Use care!!!! • Don’t Misspell or mistype • Watch for Redirection • Check location or address bar • Enter URL manually • Disable/block pop-ups.

  15. Cyber Security Awareness: Email Don’t Get Phished • Ignore Unknown authors • Use caution with attachments • Avoid sending personal info • Do not click links for banking institutions • Contact them in person or by telephone using a published #

  16. Cyber Security Awareness: Email Don’t Get Phished Take the Anti-Phishing Phil Challenge

  17. Cyber Security Awareness: Social Engineering • People are the weakest link • We want to help, trust, fear of doing wrong • The most predominant way data is compromised • Ever get the 6th sense? Or rather, ever listened to it? • Watch out for phishing, dumpster divers, people that impersonate others. • For more information on what to look for and how to protect yourself, go to

  18. Cyber Security Awareness: Wireless • Wireless home • Use encryption: • Changes the format of the data between the access point and your PC • WEP: Wired Equivalent Privacy (insecure) • WPA: Wi-Fi Protected Access • Uses a passphrase/pre-shared key • WPA2 • Use preferred networks • Those that you setup or know who owns them (NSUWIFI) • Use access points, not PC to PC communication (ad hoc) • Public access points allow anyone to connect, which means anyone can see what you are sending • Disable your wireless network adapter when not in use • Using another persons access point without their consent is illegal

  19. Cyber Security Awareness: Wireless • Bluetooth • Designed for short wireless communications over short distances • Bluesnarfing: • Acquiring phonebooks, pictures, calendar • Paris Hilton’s phone was cracked • Bluetracking: • Tracking your movement based on the unique address of the device • Bluebugging: • Send commands to a bluetooth device • Make it call you which means an attacker could be listening • Bluetooth sniper rifle • How To: Building a BlueSniper Rifle

  20. Cyber Security Awareness: Wireless

  21. Cyber Security Awareness: Parental Controls • Parental Controls allow parents to control what their children do online. • Block web sites, chat, pop-ups • Allows you to monitor activity • Web sites visited • Keyloggers • A few that get decent ratings and are a nominal fee: • CyberPatrol (Appears to be the highest rated overall) • • CYBERsitter • • NetNanny •

  22. Cyber Security Awareness: Added-Ons • Many Web sites or files require additional software to be installed in order to view. • These viewers are usually free and easily accessible. • Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view PDF documents. • Windows Media Player or QuickTime may be required to watch certain videos or listen to music • Other sites may have programs that will improve your computing experience • Firefox is another popular web browser • Google Toolbar will prevent pop-ups in Internet Explorer while providing a quick way to search the internet. • To get these, go directly to the manufacturer’s site. • Acrobat Reader is available from Adobe • The latest version of Windows Media Player is available through Microsoft • QuickTime is available through Apple • If not sure, research the program. If still not sure, don’t install.

  23. Cyber Security Awareness: Backup • Backup your data regularly • Windows has a built in backup utility. • Backup programs with automation are available. • Simple methods include: • Burning specific files to CD. • Copying them to flash (USB) drives or memory cards. • Copy the data to another computer • Fee based subscriptions are available online. • Floppy Disks are too small for most data.

  24. Cyber Security Awareness: Further Info See http://security.nsu.edufor links: • Credit report info • Symantec Security Check • National organizations’ guides and standards • National Do Not Call Registry • Other very useful information

  25. Cyber Security Awareness: Your Security Team Andrea Di Fabio Information Security Officer Ronald King Security Engineer