October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month


National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – celebrated every October – was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

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The Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Shelbyville is listed as a champion.


List of all Champions

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- See more at: http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/get-involved/promote-ncsam#sthash.gQ2q3Y50.dpuf

Unseen, All-Out Cyber War on the U.S. has Begun

“There’s a war going on, and it’s raging here at home — not in the streets or the fields, but on the Internet. You can think of it as a war on the digital homeland. If you work for a power company, bank, defense contractor, transportation provider, or other critical infrastructure type of operation, your organization might be in the direct line of fire. And everyone can become collateral damage”

Unseen, All-Out Cyber War on the U.S. has Begun.

(Shared from CIO)

Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit

Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Building Partnerships and Understanding the Threat

Date: May 7 and 8

Location: MTSU New Student Union Building

Registration: March 1, 2013

Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Building Partnerships and Understanding the Threat will be held on the MTSU campus May 7 and 8. This event will address criminal, intelligence, disruptive, and information cyber threats and be of particular interest to city/state/federal governments, healthcare, education, transportation, financial, utilities, and business industries.

Presentations from Department of Homeland Security, TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and private sector cyber security.   Registration information can be found at http://www.csimtsu.com beginning March 1, 2013.

MTSU Cyber Summit

Hackers destroy pump in U.S. water utility attack

Hackers attacking SCADA systems and wreaking havoc in a nation’s critical infrastructure has become a justified concern for all countries. But, setting aside Iran and attacks against its nuclear program for a moment, the U.S. seems to attract a seemingly disproportionate amount of these kind of assaults  Hackers destroy pump in U.S. water utility attack.

Is America’s Infrastructure Under Attack?

Over the past 10 years I have taught students that SCADA systems that are related to infrastructure or manufacturing should be guarded and off of the web if it could not be protected.   With computer security hitting headlines everyday,  the infrastructure behind America is often overlooked and a natural assumption that our infrastructure is safe can be misleading.  Being on the internet, critical systems (SCADA) are computer systems that control many necessary and vital things such as electrical power, manufacturing, communications, water treatment, waste water, oil and gas systems.

Even when SCADA systems are protected properly, security analyst also have to look at the remote access into these systems from home computers of workers who may be on call.     Infections from botnets, worms, viruses or vulnerabilities on home computers could possibly lead to infections on the SCADA systems.   Work based computers that are given to workers (laptops, tablets, netbooks) should be used for work only and by the employee only.   The computers (issued to the employee) should be locked down and encrypted when communicating with the SCADA system and the computer should not allow any other type of access to the web.

A recent ZDNet article, China’s cyber-militia behind U.S. blackouts? is an excellent article on the research and analysis of reports suggesting that China may be behind blackouts in the Northeast and in Florida.  The article truly concludes that regardless of who may have broken in or who may have caused the blackouts the threats against our infrastructure is real.

*credit to Tech Paul for posting the article.

*The Dark Visitor - Inside the World of Chinese Hackers   – Interesting blog…

*U.S. lawmakers point to China as cause of cyberattacks - source Computerworld

*Android Malware Using Blog as C&C Server (Researchers at Trend Micro have discovered a unique feature circulating in some Android-based malware. The malicious application is using a blog in China to act as a Command and Control (C&C) server.) – source Security Weekly

A recent Chinese video for the military let slip the attacking of an Alabama University. more

Your friend has been hacked

On Facebook?  Watch what you click and don’t fall for scams.  Recently I saw Facebook Security had posted to my wall.   But I knew a friend was hacked.  How?  When you use Facebook, you will see associated friends in the top right corner.  In fact Facebook Security and I had 24 mutual friends.  So I knew instantly.

If you see an email or a name on your wall that says Facebook Security, hover your mouse DON’T CLICK on the name Facebook Security (this is the fake name they will be using and not just in email). If you look in the lower left corner of your screen you will see your real friend’s name that has been hacked. Call them and let them know. Do NOT Communicate with them on Facebook! You can be talking to the hacker…

Here’s some rules and tips!

  • Don’t list your phone number and personal information
  • Don’t take pictures of valuables (they may be in the background of your pictures)
  • Don’t announce vacations or trips
  • Don’t check in at coffee shops, theaters, or other places (you are telling whoever that you are not home)
  • Set your profile to private
  • Don’t leave your account logged on
  • Don’t accept anyone as a friend
  • Don’t post pictures that may embarrass you later
  • Don’t give information about what school you attend or the hours (limit the information)
  • Don’t let your license plate appear in pictures
  • Only let true friends post to your wall (limit it under privacy settings)
  • Don’t post questionable materials  or other articles that may be considered offensive (use common sense)
  • Keep your antivirus up-to-date
  • Don’t click on any link you don’t know where it goes -including tagged  pictures
  • Use a complex password
  • Don’t vent your feelings on Facebook
  • Don’t allow public search engines to index you (under privacy settings)
  • Use two part authentication
  • Don’t talk about work unless it is positive and public information
  • Avoid games that may be from a malicious programmer – games that ask about favorite characters or quiz you and reveal information about you

There are tons of other privacy items you have to worry about.  Think about it this way.  You meet someone in the mall and you have never met them before.  Do you give them all of your information?  Are they your friend after one meeting?  Would you give them your cell number?

Do you have a tip?

The REAL Facebook Security


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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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“When you begin college, you are probably on your own for the first time. You are taking on new responsibilities, making your own decisions, and becoming part of the campus community. There is an important role that you can play in your college’s cybersecurity efforts that combines these elements of responsibility, decision-making, and community.”  StaySafeOnline

TTC Shelbyville supports the National Cyber Security Alliance and has once again submitted to be a partner (2011 NCSAM Champions) under the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Get Involved!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

“When you begin college, you are probably on your own for the first time. You are taking on new responsibilities, making your own decisions, and becoming part of the campus community. There is an important role that you can play in your college’s cybersecurity efforts that combines these elements of responsibility, decision-making, and community.

You use your computer almost daily, for homework, research, social networking, online purchases, and more…”   Read More

TTC Shelbyville supports the National Cyber Security Alliance and has once again submitted to be a partner (2011 NCSAM Champions) under the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Get Involved!


Resources for students

Stay safe online videos

Department of Homeland Security Information

Stop – Think – Connect


Tips – Resources and Documents

Check your computer for viruses or malware:


AOL Computer Checkup

Audit My PC


CA Technologies

ESET Online Scanner

Kaspersky Virus Scanner

McAfee Security Scan

Panda Security Antivirus Scan

Qualys Browser Check

QualysGuard Malware Detection

Symantec Security Check

TrendMicro HouseCall Virus Scan

Webroot Spy Sweeper

Windows Live


Paul’s Home Computing Blog- Cyber Security Series

Paul’s Home Computing Blog is in the process of writing articles in a multi-part series on cyber security.  Paul does and excellent job covering many areas in computer security.
1: Text-Message Malware

2: Hacking Into Smart Grids

3: Social Network Account Spoofing

4: Cyber Stalking
Look for the two more  upcoming articles in the series-

- hackers controlling your car
- GPS jamming and spoofing.

Bloggers and Internet Security

We like other fellow bloggers have decided to promote Cyber Security Awareness Month.  I follow several dozen bloggers but here are a few of the best bloggers out there talking about Cyber Security every month.

Bill Mullins

Paul’s Home Computing

Tech Paul


TTC Shelbyville Security

TTC Shelbyville endorses Stay Safe Online and the NCSA

Cyber Security Awareness is everyone’s responsibility.  Visit StaySafeOnline.org TTC Shelbyville with other universities, colleges, and organizations recognize the need to be safe online and recently endorsed the campaign to be safe online. See Full list on endorsing organizations at the above link.  Also read the tips and the ‘what-ifs’ and ‘how-to’ information.

Also STOP-THINK-CONNECT launched  in Seattle marking the start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  This safety awareness kicked off with the Special Assistant to the President and Cyber security Coordinator White House, Howard Schmidt, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute and many leaders of private and non-profit organizations.

Do your part and take this information to your place of business, to your children’s educators, to community leaders and anyone you know.

Check Your Computer’s Security with these 14 links

With October being Cyber Security Awareness Month, these links help you see if you are secure.















Cyber Security Awareness Month

We are always repairing computers that have P2P file sharing software on them.   Usually viruses such as trojans or even bots are on the computer after the person came in and complained that the computer has became slow and unresponsive.  We also see more and more computers that have been infected or an email identity stolen from a social networking site.

First off to correct the problems, users should never download what they think is ‘free’ music or movies regardless of how safe they think it is.   This is illegal and breaks copyright laws unless the artist has elected to give away their music.

  • Always chose a complex password and don’t use the password on multiple accounts.
  • If one account (a social site) is stolen, the likelihood that the email will be stolen is stands near 100%.
  • Don’t make just anyone your friend on social sites and stop telling people where you are and stop putting too much information on the web.   Cell phone numbers, addresses, schedules, what you are wearing, license plate information, geo locating (are you kidding me- you are saying, ‘I’m here, go to my house and steal my stuff’), and other information is way too much information.   Did you know that a lot of smartphones have geo locating on them and when you take a picture that information along with other information can be viewed with utilities and even freeware like XnView?   So when you text or put the picture online, people can download the information and ‘see’ information about you
  • Keep updates (Windows, Antivirus and Applications) on your computer and use Sumo or Secunia to update third party software.  Use your software firewall and update firmware on routers when they are available.
  • Use Immunet with your Antivirus
  • Encrypt your files
  • Encrypt portable drives
  • Have a copier in your office?  Remember the hard drive in it and remember it has your data.
  • Visit StaySafeOnline and print posters, hand out flyers, go through the curriculum with students.  Are you Law Enforcement, banking, industry or a business?   Have your employees review the information.  Restrict shares on computers.
  • Encrypt your Wireless
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity website for a list of tips
  • Visit Cisco’s site

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