Cybersecurity Awareness

Do Your Part

2020 Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Tufts will be using this month to educate and engage the community in how to #BeCyberSmart. This year's theme is Do Your Part!

Below are a number of things happening on campus. Check back periodically as we will add new activities/info/events as they become available.

Contests

At Tufts:

Outside of Tufts:

  • picoCTF Hacking ContestpicoCTF is the largest cybersecurity hacking contest for middle and high school students, created by security experts at Carnegie Mellon University. The challenges are all set up with the intent of being hacked, making it an excellent, legal way to get hands-on experience.
  • NSA Codebreaker Challenge

Tufts Activities/Events

Themes

  • If You Connect It, Protect It
  • Securing Devices at Home and Work
  • Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
  • The Future of Connected Devices

 

2019 Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Tufts will be using this month to educate and engage the community in how to #BeCyberSmart. This year's theme is Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.

Below are a number of things happening on campus. Check back periodically as we will add new activities/info/events as they become available.

Contests

Events

TTS Security Open Houses

  • Thursday | October 24 | 11:00 AM - 1 PM | Grafton Campus - Security Open House | Agnes Varis Center Cafe | Security Info, Raffle, and Free Laptop Tagging
  • Friday | October 25 | Noon - 2 PM | Boston SMFA Campus - Security Open House | SMFA Atrium Lobby | Security Info, Raffle, and Free Laptop Tagging
  • Monday | October 28 | 1 - 3 PM | Boston-HealthSci Campus - Security Open House | Sackler 4th Floor Cafe area | Security Info, Raffle, and Free Laptop Tagging
  • Tuesday | October 29 | 2:00-4:00 PM | Halloween Open House at Eaton Lab | Meet the CIO, Security Info Session, Free Laptop Tagging, and Student Video Contest Awards (Seasonal refreshments available)

Spotlights

Weekly spotlights during October on Fridays on a former student/alumni working on Cyber Security.

2018 Cyber Security Awareness

October is quickly approaching and we are actively planning for Cyber Security Awareness at Tufts.

Contests

In the News/Info

  • In the News 10/9: "US Department of Defense Just Beginning to Grapple with Scale of Weapon Systems Vulnerabilities"
    • The skinny: https://www.gao.gov/mobile/products/GAO-19-128
    • The full document (50 pages): https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/694913.pdf
    • Discussion on Hacker News: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18177617
      • In the full document, there is this gem: The test reports indicated that test teams used nascent to moderate tools and techniques to disrupt or access and take control of weapon systems.  For example, in some cases, simply scanning a system caused parts of the system to shut down. One test had to be stopped due to safety concerns after the test team scanned the system. This is a basic technique that most attackers would use and requires little knowledge or expertise. Poor password management was a common problem in the test reports we reviewed. One test report indicated that the test team was able to guess an administrator password in nine seconds. Multiple weapon systems used commercial or open source software, but did not change the default password when the software was installed, which  allowed test teams to look up the password on the Internet administrator privileges for that software. Multiple test teams reported using free, publicly available information or software downloaded from the Internet to avoid or defeat weapon system security controls.

Stay tuned for more Cyber Security activities/info!

2017 Cyber Security Awareness

Below is what was done for 2017!

For 2017, there are a number of contests and events going on at Tufts to help the community become more #CyberAware.

Contests

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Events/Guest Speakers

  • Thursday, October 5th, 4:30 - 5:45 PM in Barnum / Dana Hall 104: Ashley Hedberg, Software Engineer at Google (Tufts Class of 2015).  She will be giving a talk on her cyber security work(s) at Google.
  • Friday, October 13th, 5 p.m. - Saturday, October 14th, 3 p.m. | Tufts Polyhack | 574 Boston Ave (CLIC). Register: https://roam1.typeform.com/to/Ke9bGC
  • Tuesday, October 24th, 4:30 - 5:45 PM in Barnum / Dana Hall 104: Steve Christey Coley, Principal Information Security Engineer at MITRE.  He will be giving a talk on CVE, CWE, vulnerabilities, and medical device security.
  • Tuesday, October 31st, 4:30 - 5:45 PM in Barnum / Dana Hall 104: Lindsay Kaye, Lead Software Systems Engineer at MITRE.  She will be giving a talk on reverse engineering.
  • Thursday, November 2nd, 4:30 - 5:45 PM in Barnum / Dana Hall 104: Bill Langenberg, Technical Manager at Software Engineering at TripAdvisor (Tufts Class of 2001).  He will be giving a talk on credential-probing attacks.
  • Thursday, November 9th, 4:30 - 5:45 PM in Barnum / Dana Hall 104: Christine Cunningham and Doug Stetson (Tufts alumnus) from MIT Lincoln Laboratory will be giving a talk on static and dynamic analysis.

Themes for October 2017

There are four main themes for October 2017.

  1. Securing your devices
  2. Using Two Factor Authentication (2FA)
  3. Tips for Success in Staying Safe Online (INFOGRAPHIC: The basic steps to online safety and security)
  4. Don't Get Tricked - phishing and more
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