October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a global effort to help everyone stay safe and protected when using technology whenever and however you connect. The Office of Information Security is proud to champion this online safety and education initiative this October. 

All month long, we are promoting these key behaviors to encourage every employee to take control of their online lives. There are all kinds of ways to stay safe and secure online, but even just practicing these cybersecurity basics can make a huge difference: 

  1. Use strong passwords and a password manager. 
  2. Turn on multifactor authentication. 
  3. Recognize and report phishing.
  4. Update your software. 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Test Your Knowledge Competition 

We invite you to participate in our Cybersecurity Awareness Month competition in KnowBe4. 

WashU staff, faculty, and students will have the opportunity to submit several entries to win up to $1,000 in BearBucks.   

  • Grand Prize: $1,000 BearBucks credit  
  • First Runner Up: $500 BearBucks credit  
  • Second Runner Up: $300 BearBucks credit  
  • Third Runner Up: $200 BearBucks credit  

Head over to our competition page for more instructions about getting entered to win. 

Event Schedule 

Please join us for virtual webinars and e-waste recycling hosted by the Office of Information Security during the month of October: 

Our office has planned a slate of events throughout the month highlighting these topics. Please visit our Cybersecurity Awareness Month page for additional information. Below, you will find a summary of several exciting upcoming Cybersecurity Awareness Month events: 

There are not currently any upcoming events scheduled. Please check back for new events to be added.

In the meantime, if you’d like to explore campus events, please visit Happenings at WashU.

Your ability to detect and avoid online threats is our best defense against cybercrime. We’re here to help you learn how to protect yourself from security breaches, and when you protect yourself, you protect all of us. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us by emailing We appreciate all that you do to help keep our institution secure.