An Entire 31 Days Dedicated to Cybersecurity Awareness

Oct 1, 2019

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October is here, but the scariest thing about this month isn’t Halloween—in fact, you’re at risk for it year-round.

Whether cyberattacks creep up in headlines or your personal accounts, the only thing darker than some parts of the web is this inescapable truth: hackers are constantly trying to steal data and debilitate entire websites—and rarely is it immediately obvious.

“You have a really good sense that your apartment is safe and hasn’t been broken into. I’d like that same thing to happen on computers,” John Manferdelli, director of the Northeastern University Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, has said.

How do you protect yourself—and your data—against something you’re not aware of until it’s too late? 

Data Destruction Day

Data storage experts will help you destroy old devices, electronics, paper files, and other forms of data storage that contain your sensitive information at no cost. Join us at the library quad on October 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Get Security Tips from Experts in Our Community

All through October, we’ll be hearing from cybersecurity pros throughout Northeastern—and offering guidance for a safe online experience with:

  • Social Media Security Best Practices: Read those privacy policies!
  • Phishing Email Mitigation Steps: Be wary of who’s asking for personal information.
  • Travel Protection: Keep your devices and information secure while away from home.
  • And much more


Attend Data Destruction Day on the Boston Campus

When it comes to sanitization—or, the act of permanently erasing data—destroying what the data is stored on is most effective. Simply disposing of it still leaves your data vulnerable to attackers, so Data Destruction Day is here to help you properly damage old devices, electronics, paper files, and other forms of data storage that contain your sensitive information.

Data storage experts Congruity will be there with equipment to destroy these items at no cost. Join us at the library quad on October 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and learn more before you attend.



National Cybersecurity Awareness Month was launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in October 2004. Northeastern University participates by highlighting expertise from individuals across our community on cybersecurity best practices and protocols, as well as hosting interactive events that help community members get a firsthand experience on ways to safeguard their online experience.

Follow the OIS and ITS twitter accounts to stay up-to-date on all things NCSAM.

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