WashU IT Observes National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a time to raise awareness of the technology threats we face each day and to learn how to better protect our information, devices and ourselves. In observing NCSAM, the WashU Information Security Office (ISO) and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) hosted a number of events to educate the WashU community on our shared responsibility in information security.

The month’s events were kicked off by the second annual Cyber Security Symposium. The symposium was held on the Danforth Campus in Rodin Auditorium. This one-day symposium provided the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to discuss information security topics relevant to everyday activities. Other events throughout the month, such as information security presentations and a panel discussion with local Chief Information Security Officer’s, were hosted to educate the WashU community on best practices, tools and resources that facilitate threat prevention.

The ISO, Office of Sustainability and Knight Center-Aramark partnered in raising awareness on data privacy and the green movement at WashU by hosting an Electronics Recycling & Confidential Paper Shredding Event. This partnership is a first for the three offices but one that, if sustained, could produce a significant impact for the university. At this year’s recycling event, certified vendors—Shred-it and MCR Electronics Recycling—shredded 3,800 pounds of paper on-site and collected 2,500 pounds of electronics that was recycled in an environmentally safe way. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their hard drives, monitors, printers and paper to the next community recycling event that will be held in April on the Danforth Campus.

To learn more about NSCAM and the events hosted, please visit the website.

From left to right: Joe Susai, Director, Enterprise Information Risk & Cybersecurity at SSM Health, Matthew Modica, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Barnes Jewish Children’s Hospital, Dan Henke, Vice President, Information Security Officer at Mercy Hospital and Kevin Hardcastle, CISO at Washington University in St. Louis, hosted a panel discussion with local St. Louis CISO’s that discussed the future with telemedicine mobile devices, the internet of things and cloud computing. Photographer, Quint Smith

Electronics Recycling and Confidential Paper Shredding Event hosted by the Information Security Office, Office of Sustainability and the Knight Center-Aramark, to raise awareness on data privacy and the green movement at WashU. Photographer, Quint Smith

Electronics Recycling and Confidential Paper Shredding Event hosted by the Information Security Office, Office of Sustainability and the Knight Center-Aramark, to raise awareness on data privacy and the green movement at WashU.  Photographer, Quint Smith

Second year law student, Kelsey McIntosh and Cheif Information Security Officer, Kevin Hardcastle, engage in open discussion on how to stay safe online during the second annual WashU Cyber Security Awareness Symposium. Photographer, Quint Smith

Chief Information Security Officer, Kevin Hardcastle and Director Shared Infrastructure WashU IT – Enterprise Engineering, Dan Zweifel, host a presentation on emerging technologies that address current and future threats at WashU. Photographer, Quint Smith