“Get Smart” Theme of 6th Annual Computer Security Campaign - 10/6/11

Purdue University’s ITaP Networks and Security will observe the annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month throughout October.

Purdue’s theme this year – “Get Smart” – is intended to remind computer users to be smart in protecting their mobile devices, to be aware of threats and vulnerabilities and to protect the University’s data.

This year, ITaP is hosting a presentation by FBI agents about the latest security threats they deal with and the vulnerabilities and threats the University needs to protect against. The event is planned for 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 20 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. The free program is open to the public and will be live-streamed and archived for viewing anytime online.

This year’s theme for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a play on the television series, “Get Smart,” with Agent Maxwell Smart and Agent 86 working together to battle the forces of Kaos. 

“The forces that we work against don’t have one name or personality,” said Scott Ksander, executive director for Purdue’s IT Networks and Security. “They come from everywhere. The cyber world continues to be a very dangerous place, and the only way to protect against them is to ‘get smart.’

“To fight the forces we are up against, we all need the latest information. The activities this month are designed to provide the Purdue community with information about the latest threats. Continued perseverance against the forces of evil is the only way to protect the University. Wouldn’t Max love today’s smartphones with all the apps and GPS and so small he wouldn’t need to hide it in his shoe?”

The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month has occurred every October since 2001 to educate computer users about dangers on the Internet, safe behavior online, and the nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. This is the sixth year the University has observed the month-long campaign.

Visit the SecurePurdue website for more information and to watch its computer security videos.