UCSF to Hold Events in October for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The increased use of technology to streamline our daily lives makes it crucial to know how to protect against cyber attacks like malware, password phishing and social media threats.

In order to help UC San Francisco faculty, staff, students and trainees protect their digital information, as well as UCSF’s, the University is celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month with a series of outreach and educational events that run through this month.

Observed every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, or NCSAM, was created in 2004 as a government and industry collaboration to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

The events kick off Oct. 12 at the UCSF Sharecase Event with a discussion about the current state of advanced persistent threats led by Special Agent Elvis Chan from the FBI San Francisco’s Cyber Squad. That same day, David Klonoff, MD, a UCSF endocrinologist and diabetes technology specialist, will lead a discussion on the importance of cyber security for connected medical devices. Sharecase is a free, peer-to-peer, full day conference and educational expo at the Mission Bay Conference Center.  

In addition to these talks, the UCSF Information Technology (IT) department will set up tables at numerous UCSF campus and medical center locations to provide resources for the community to stay safe and secure online. Gifts, including a grand prize PacSafe anti-theft backpack, will be awarded at each event.

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