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NMSU shares dos and don’ts of cyber security with students, employees

Have you ever Googled yourself to see how much of your personal information is online? You might not like what you see.

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Chris Lascano, NMSU associate enterprise systems security administrator, talks to students about cyber security at an information booth at Science Hall. (NMSU photo by Minerva Baumann)

New Mexico State University is helping its students, faculty and staff to get a better handle on how their digital footprint could become a security risk by offering presentations and information all month long on how to stay safe online.

“The headlines are filled these days with security breaches at retail stores, banks and corporations,” said John Roberts, NMSU’s chief information security officer. “Since October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the university is offering a series of presentations as well as staffing information tables around the NMSU campus to get the word out.”

Presentations began last week and will run through Friday, Oct. 31, at a variety of locations around the Las Cruces campus. The list of information table locations and presentation dates is available at http://infosec.nmsu.edu .

Those attending a cyber security presentation also will receive a free 4-GB thumb drive.

“Opening an infected email or attachment, clicking on a fake link or losing your mobile device that has no password and contains confidential data -- all it takes is one mistake to compromise your information,” said Roberts. “Training is the best defense in the battle between convenience and security.”

There are a number of state and federal data privacy laws in the U.S. For more information visit: http://compliance.ict.nmsu.edu/federal-industry-regulations/.