Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) at DCU

Join Dublin City University this October as we enthusiastically engage in CSAM 2023. Throughout the month, we'll be your go-to source for daily insights, expert tips, and valuable resources on four pivotal cybersecurity behaviors.

Your active participation in CSAM holds the potential for significant impact, and we're thrilled to embark on this journey alongside you. Stay connected with us on our social media channels, @ISSservice @dcu on both X (The platform formerly known as Twitter) & Instagram where we'll share in-depth knowledge and practical advice.

Embrace a month brimming with cybersecurity insights, collaborative knowledge-sharing, and a shared commitment to shaping a safer digital future. Together, we hold the power to make a substantial difference.

#CyberSecMonth #ThinkB4UClick

The Four Key Behaviours of CSAM 2023

To honour the 20th year of CSAM, the campaign has chosen four key behaviours to emphasise throughout the month. These behaviours are essential for building a more secure digital world:


Week 1: Phishing Awareness

Phishing attacks remain a prevalent threat. This week, we'll explore the art of phishing, how to spot and avoid phishing attempts, and ways to protect your online identity.


Week 2: Vishing, Smishing, Spear Phishing, Whale Phishing, CEO Phishing

Week 2 delves into various forms of phishing, including vishing (voice phishing), smishing (SMS phishing), spear phishing, whale phishing (targeting high-profile individuals), and CEO phishing (impersonating top executives).


Week 3: Passwords and Multi-Factor Authentication

Passwords are the keys to your digital kingdom. We'll provide insights into creating strong passwords and utilising multi-factor authentication to fortify your online accounts.


Week 4: Software Updates, Digital Backups, and Safe Social Practices

Maintaining secure software, regular backups, and practising safe social behaviours are fundamental for online safety. This week, we'll guide you on these crucial aspects.

The Evolution of Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Twenty years ago, when CSAM first began, the digital landscape looked vastly different. The internet was still in its infancy, and cyber threats were relatively limited in scope. However, as technology has advanced, so too have the tactics of cybercriminals. CSAM has adapted to address these changes, continuously evolving to provide up-to-date information and resources to keep individuals and organisations safe online.