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NPS Celebrates National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael Ehrlich

NPS Celebrates National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

By MC2 Michael Ehrlich

The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. In accordance with the Department of Homeland Security, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), which is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.

“We have a booth set up to spread awareness especially on a new project we have been working on the Virtual Private Network (VPN),” said NPS Cyber Security Analysts Pauline Monroy “It’s called global protect and it’s from the Palo Alto Network. It uses duo security two-factor authentication. It’s like using your CAC but from your phone. This is to gain access to the intranet, or mapping your network when you are off campus, and it gives you an encrypted tunnel to NPS.”

The Cybersecurity Awareness Booth will be outside Ingersoll Hall on Oct. 18 and the Oct. 26, providing important information and a free raffle. Also, supporting the booth will be Cyber Security Specialist Ricardo Estrada, providing his personal cyber safety practices to keep himself and others safe.

“If I get a suspicious email from a bank or an important website, I don’t click on the links, I go to directly to the site,” said Estrada. “I make sure I keep my system good to go with antispyware and antivirus that is up to date. I don’t install freeware or adware. I don’t go to shady websites. When you are on the NPS home network we have a lot of things in place to protect you in case you make a mistake and you get compromised. But, once you leave our network and you are at home and are doing these potentially bad habits on the internet, it could open you up to having your identity compromised or security at home.”

The final chance to attend the Cybersecurity Awareness Training Session will be on Oct.25 at 10 a.m. in King Auditorium.

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