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Cornell Cybersecurity Events

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, focusing on our shared responsibility to keep the online community safe for everyone. This year's theme is "Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart." and encourages personal accountability and awareness to ensure information privacy and security. The Internet touches nearly every aspect of our daily lives. When we all take steps to secure our connected devices and data, we all benefit.

Cornell Cybersecurity Events

These events are open to the entire Cornell community.

Join IT@Cornell and the IT Security Office as we host events and share best practices for keeping you and your devices protected.

"IT Security Office Hours" via Zoom

Friday, October 9, 2020, from Noon-3pm

Join the IT Security Office live on Zoom and talk with IT security engineers. They'll be available to answer your IT security questions and help you set up Cornell services like LastPass and Two-Step Login.

"Trading Our Privacy" via Zoom

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 4pm: Presented by Dan Villanti and Meryl Bursic, members of the IT Security Office.

Social media and free online services are an everyday part of modern life. But how is your personal information being shared and wielded across the web? What are you giving away without knowing it, and what are the dangers of this pervasive free digital culture? Learn how to mitigate privacy and security risks and more.

"Avoiding Social Engineering Attacks" via Zoom

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 3pm: Presented by Eric Wiessinger, member of the IT Security Office.

What does social engineering look like in action? Scammers rely heavily on social engineering techniques that appeal to our sense of duty, our fears, and our best intentions. In this session, learn key techniques used by scammers and improve your cybersecurity awareness. Short clips from popular media will demonstrate and reinforce techniques.

PhishLine Benchmark Campaign

This benchmark campaign allows Cornell departments and units to safely participate in a simulated phishing attack. PhishLine participants will be able to anonymously compare their department's or unit's results with other industries across the nation.

  • Contact the IT Security Office ( for more information on how to sign up.
  • Registration deadline is October 2, 2020.

Community Outreach Events

These events may be private or require participants to opt-in.

Personal Security Best Practices

The IT Security Office is going out into the community to raise awareness about online safety. Members of the IT Security Office will be talking with students at local schools as part of their digital literacy curriculum.

  • If you are a teacher interested in having an IT security engineer talk with your class, please contact the IT Security Office ( for more information.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 10:14am

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