October 4, 2017

Learn more and get involved with NCSAM.
Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a time to raise awareness about the importance of individual cyber hygiene and our shared responsibility to promote and practice cybersecurity. Launched in 2004, NCSAM is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its public and private partners, including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). DHS and Stay Safe Online, the NCSA's website, offer toolkits, resources, events, and suggestions on ways to get involved with cybersecurity education and practice. The hashtag for NCSAM is #CyberAware and DHS encourages you to use this during the month of October, and year-round, to promote your school's or organization's involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness through social media.  
The 2017 NCSAM theme is Our Shared Responsibility and each week in October is dedicated to a specific cybersecurity topic with corresponding messaging:
  • October 2-6 ---  Simple Steps to Online Safety: Week 1's theme will address the top consumer cybersecurity concerns, provide simple steps to protect against these concerns, and help the public understand what to do if they fall victim to cybercrime.
  • October 9-13 ---  Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone's Business: Week 2 will showcase how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats and strengthen their cyber resilience, including the use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.
  • October 16-20 ---  Today's Predictions for Tomorrow's Internet: Our sensitive, personal information is the fuel that makes smart devices work and week 3's theme will remind us that it's critical to understand how to use these cutting-edge innovations in safe and secure ways.
  • October 23-27 ---  The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity: According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers. Week 4 will encourage students and other job seekers to explore cybersecurity careers.
  • October 30-31 ---  Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats: Building resilience in critical infrastructure is crucial to our national security. Week 5 will look at cybersecurity in relation to keeping our traffic lights, running water, phone lines, and other critical infrastructure secure. It also facilitates the transition to November's Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, highlighting the tie between cybersecurity and our nation's critical infrastructure.
Non-profit organizations, government agencies, colleges and universities, and individuals may join the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the general public to be safer and more secure online. If you're interested in receiving the Stop.Think.Connect. monthly newsletter with cyber news, tips, and trends, including those related to the weekly NCSAM topics, you can sign up to become a Friend of the Campaign. You may also visit their cyber tips and resources web page to access a toolkit, student resources, videos, a blog, and other promotional materials. 

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Webinar: Bystander Intervention in Action: Training the How-Tos of Intervention
Are you interested in learning about best practices and the role of broad-based bystander intervention programming in crime prevention? Please join us and presenter Jill Weisensel (PDF), a night shift operations lieutenant for the  Marquette University Police Department, to discuss bystander intervention programming for colleges and universities and the value of campus-wide collaboration. This webinar is part of our free  Campus Public Safety Online series and will take place on  Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET .
Building on national bystander intervention initiatives, Jill will describe the "how-tos" of safe intervention, focusing specifically on persuasion-based communication tactics, proxemic management, and personal safety/awareness and risk reduction, and will emphasize the importance of civility and personal responsibility without victim blaming. Attendees will be provided an overview of personal safety-based bystander intervention curriculum and leave with immediately actionable content that can be added to their current bystander intervention programming.
This webinar is appropriate for people already working or experienced with bystander intervention programs. Register online to save your seat! 

JED Campus
JED Campus, a nationwide initiative launched by The JED Foundation (JED), guides colleges and universities through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems and program and policy development that includes customized support and technical assistance to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention efforts. JED Campus is founded on two guiding principles: support for emotional well-being, prevention of suicide, and serious substance abuse must be seen as a campus-wide responsibility; and the promotion of emotional health, suicide prevention, and substance abuse prevention must have support from the top down.
As students begin new semesters at colleges and universities, they may find themselves emotionally exhausted or overwhelmed. In the most recent The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors Annual Survey (PDF) covering the 2015-2016 academic year, 51 percent of students who visited a counseling center reported having anxiety, followed by depression (41 percent), relationship concerns (34 percent), and suicidal ideation (21 percent). JED developed evidence-based model that is used to help institutions of higher education (IHEs) assess their current efforts, identify existing strengths, and recognize areas in need of improvement. IHEs that become a JED Campus member commit to a multi-year strategic partnership that ensures positive, systemic change to their campus and the emotional well-being of their students.
Some of the program benefits JED Campus members receive include:
  • A 4-year partnership with JED, providing in-depth technical assistance from a dedicated campus advisor throughout the institution's participation in the program
  • A detailed feedback report highlighting strengths and areas for enhancement in the institution's systems, policies, and programs based on the JED Campus Baseline Assessment response
  • Assistance in building a multi-disciplinary, cross-campus team to work on this initiative with support and involvement from senior leadership on campus
  • The JED Campus Baseline Assessment, a 130-item assessment measuring 540 variables of campus systems, policies, and programs based on JED's comprehensive framework followed by a post-assessment evaluating systems change in the institution over the course of the program
  • The development and finalization of a strategic plan organized according to the JED framework, complete with objectives and detailed action steps aimed at meeting those objectives
  • ULifeline, an online resource center for college students with information about emotional wellness, a confidential online screener as well as information about how to access mental health services available on their JED Campus
Currently, more than 167 IHEs are JED Campus members, and openings for two or four-year IHEs are available. To learn more about becoming a member and to register, visit the Sign-up page  and  view the F.A.Q.  For additional inquiries, please use the online contact form .

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Responding to Violence on College Campuses: Where We Were, Where We Are, Where We Are Going
Organization: State University of New York
Date: October 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Substance Use On College Campuses
Organizations: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Mary Christie Foundation
Date: October 17, 2017
Location: College Park, MD
Fee: Free
Title: Community Preparedness For Cyber Incidents (MGT384)
Organization: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Dates: November 14-15, 2017
Location: Flora, IL
Fee: Free

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.