Gear up, agent, because we need your help keeping FSU safe from cyber threats.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this year Florida State University is going undercover to make sure everyone on campus is “cybersafe” with a month of “Mission Impossible”-themed events and activities.
FSU Information Technology Services (ITS) is hosting Operation CyberSAFE, a cross-campus, interactive escape room where players will have to complete mini-games, solve riddles and race against time to stop the notorious cyberhacker, Anonymous, from accessing FSU data. The escape room will take place on the FSU main campus in Tallahassee and is available virtually for remote students via the myFSU Mobile app.
“Your personal data should never be at risk of being stolen or compromised, and that is why it is so vital to be vigilant about cybersecurity,” said Bill Hunkapiller, the chief information security officer at FSU.
Cybersecurity Awareness month is a time to take a step back and recognize the importance of cybersecurity in such a technology-driven age. Keeping the FSU community safe online is one of the highest priorities for ITS. That’s why ITS is celebrating and promoting cybersecurity throughout the month of October and teaming up with students, faculty and staff to make sure the campus is doing its part in the fight against cybercrime.
The month will begin with a double feature of “Mission Impossible: Fallout” at the Student Life Cinema (SLC) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, and at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8. The Operation CyberSAFE Escape Room will open Monday, Oct. 11, and run through Sunday, Oct. 24.
To play in the escape room, head to Westcott Fountain and scan the QR code or open the myFSU Mobile app and click the Operation CyberSAFE icon to play virtually. All students who complete the escape room will be entered to win one of two $500 FSU scholarships. There will also be a prize of Apple AirPods Pro for the fastest escaper at the Tallahassee location.
Throughout October, ITS will offer free online training sessions for students and employees to attend to better their knowledge and skills regarding cybersecurity.
For more information about Operation CyberSAFE and training sessions, visit its.fsu.edu/cybersafe.
About National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month and dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.