National Cyber Security Awareness Month Resources

  • October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

    NCSAM Champion

    IUP is proud to be a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month champion!

    The IUP IT Support Center, in conjunction with the Institute for Cyber Security and IUP Libraries, will provide weekly tips for all end users. This initiative is an effort to ensure that every individual has the resources needed to stay safe online.

    Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility. Do your part to keep yourself, your university, and your community safe online.

    2019 Cyber Security Awareness Phishing Contest and Prizes

    As part of Cyber Security Month, IT Services is having a phishing contest.  Now that you know what a phish is and how to identify one, we want you to come up with your best original phish message. Entries for the phishing contest should be submitted to and will be judged based on creativity and use of the phishing factors mentioned above. Three winners (first, second, and third place) will be picked from the submissions we receive.  A $25 Co-Op gift card will be awarded to the top three entries. Only one submission per person is allowed and is limited to IUP students, faculty, and staff. Submissions must be received by October 31, the last day of the contest.  Good luck!

    Our Shared Responsibility: National Cyber Security Awareness Month


  • Interesting cybersecurity statistics from around the world.

    • 78 percent of people claim to know the risks that come with clicking unknown links in emails, and yet they still click these links.

    • 63 percent of all data breaches are due to compromised user credentials.

    • In 2017, phishing emails were the most widely used infection method.

    • In 2017, 6.5 percent of people were victims of identity fraud.

    • 230,000 new malware samples are produced every day—and this number will continue to grow.

    • More than 4,000 ransomware attacks occur every day.