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Visit Our Website | OCTOBER 19, 2023
Volume 24, ISSUE 9

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October is

Each week in October, Tech Connect will focus on a different cybersecurity topic.

October 12th: Facts About Cybersecurity
October 19th: Tips for Personal Security
October 26th: Teaching Cybersecurity in the Classroom

CPSB employees who read through the information will find a challenge question at the end. Those who submit the correct response earn an entry to WIN a prize be given after the month is over. Each person can earn up to 3 entries with 3 correct responses each week. 

Take a moment to read about this week's topic, then submit the correct response to the challenge question for a chance to WIN!

Cyber crimes pose a serious threat to one’s security. It’s important to be aware and remain diligent while at work and beyond. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency has four recommendations to stay cyber safe. 

Use multifactor authentication.
Update your software.
Think before you click.
Use strong passwords.
stay cyber safe

Multifactor authentication (MFA), also known as two factor authentication, is a way for trusted websites and applications to take an extra step to verify that you are who you say you are. 

If you aren’t already using MFA for email, financial services, social media, shopping sites, gaming, and entertainment, opting in is a way to protect your sensitive information.

CPSB uses MFA as an extra step to protect the district.
1. USE Multifactor authentication

Cyber criminals take advantage of flaws in digital systems required for nearly every aspect of our lives including banking, health care, email, education, and entertainment. 

Programmers work to fix flaws as soon as possible. These fixes are provided in software updates. Therefore, it’s important to keep your digital resources updated. Opting in for automatic updates can help minimize your risks. Pay attention to notifications from legitimate sources when updates become available. 

In CPSB, updates are done when devices are connected to the network and are restarted. Restarting devices on a regular basis is suggested.

It is critical to be diligent when checking email or messages. Never click on links or attachments from senders you cannot verify as being legitimate. Avoid relying on contact information contained in the message. 

Never verify personal information or update passwords via text message or email. Phishing schemes can sometimes use sophisticated methods to gain your trust in order to get your personal information or credentials. 

If you get any requests as described, always take the extra steps to verify that they are legitimate before responding. In CPSB, contact Tech Support at 217-4357 to speak with a Tech Help Desk Technician if you have questions or concerns.
3. think before you click

A strong password contains a long string of a combination of numbers, upper and lowercase letters, and symbols. It also is one without a pattern or commonly used words such as password or your name. For example, the MINIMUM requirements for CPSB passwords are that the password must:

be at least 10 characters in length,
include at least one number, 
include at least one upper case letter,
include at least one lower case letter,
include at least one symbol, and
not include your name.

Passwords should vary by resource and changed frequently.

Click the question mark to respond to this week's challenge question. If correct, you'll earn an entry to win one of the prizes to be given away. One entry per week permitted. 

Winners will be drawn from all correct responses to the weekly challenge questions shared in Tech Connect during the month of October. Winners will be notified by email and announced in Tech Connect. Good luck!

In observation of October as DigCit & Cybersecurity Awareness month, learn how easy it is to use Canvas Studio Video Quizzes to support DigCit and Cybersecurity in your classroom. Integrate it your classroom as described when it makes sense for you anytime this school year. Then, share for a chance to win a bag of teacher swag! Bag contains:
an assortment of teacher conference swag 
a Makerspace Experience voucher for a field trip or for your classroom
classroom posters
custom 3D printed teacher gift
Winners will be selected at random from all entries by the end of each month through May. Participate when you want, as often as you'd like for your chance to WIN!
This month, learn how easy it is to use  Canvas Studio Video Quizzes to support Digital Citizenship and Cybersecurity in your classroom.

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