Cybersecurity

At Merrimack College, cybersecurity is a team effort where every community member plays a vital role in preventing cyber attacks.  

Our Goals

  • Provide updated and accurate cybersecurity resources to the Merrimack College community.
  • Develop and facilitate interactive workshops that inspire a desire to learn more about cybersecurity.
  • Serve as a resource for the Merrimack community’s education on the latest cybersecurity trends and tactics.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month is in October

Cybersecurity Awareness Month logo

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an annual event created by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across the United States, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 has the theme: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” Cybersecurity is everyone’s job and needs all of us to be successful.

Merrimack College Themes

Merrimack College will be participating in the month with a different theme for each week of October. 

Week One

Be Cyber Smart

Take simple actions to keep your digital life secure.

Passwords should be complex. Use uppercase letters and lowercase letters, include symbols, and be at least 8 characters long.

Passwords should not be reused. As an example, your banking account should not share a password with your Facebook account.

Keep your passwords safe. Refrain from sharing your passwords, having shared accounts, and emailing passwords to others.

Check links before you click. On most browsers you can do this by hovering over the link with your mouse cursor.

Week Two

Fight the Phish

Learn how to spot and report phishing attempts to prevent ransomware and other malware attacks.

Check out this 2.5-minute video to learn more about phishing and ransomware courtesy of StaySafeOnline.org:


What is phishing anyway?

Phishing attacks are emails disguised as being from a legitimate source that attempt to get the receiver to reveal sensitive information. Phishing attacks are on the rise. According to the FBI in 2020 241,342 phishing attacks were reported. That is a major jump from the 2019 numbers (114,702) and the 2018 numbers (26,379). Merrimack College has invested in several tools to protect us from phishing attacks but no method is perfect. If you receive a suspicious email - do not open it or click on any links.

Report the suspicious email to askIt@merrimack.edu.

#BeCyberSmart #CyberMonth #phishing #ransomeware

Week Three

Explore. Experience. Share.

Commemorate the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s (NICE) Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week and global cybersecurity workforce.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Merrimack College will be hosting a career event on October 13, 2021 from 5 - 7 p.m.  The panel will include engineering careers and cybersecurity careers. Check on Corq for updated information on location.

Week Four

Cybersecurity First

Explore how cybersecurity and staying safe online is increasingly important as we continue to operate virtually in both our work and personal lives.

Merrimack College has joined in the cybersecurity effort by becoming a National Cybersecurity Alliance 2021 Champion. NCA 2021 Champions represent those dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet.

 

Contact Us

cybersecurity@merrimack.edu