Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020

Cybersecurity Month and SUMIT 2020 highlights graphic.

October was Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Below are some of the events that took place at U-M and online in October 2020. Recordings and slides are available for some of the events.

SUMIT Reimagined

SUMIT Reimagined. The annual Security at U-M IT (SUMIT) event was reimagined into a weekly series of informational events where members of the U-M community got help from IT experts on a variety of topics.

SUMIT by the numbers: 

Graphic with participation stats for SUMIT 2020.

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Universitywide Activities

  • Introducing Virtru for enhanced email security. U-M faculty, staff, and students can now add an extra layer of security to their U-M GMail with Virtru, which allows you to send end-to-end encrypted email and control access to messages. See Virtru: Added Security for Your U-M GMail.
  • Upgrading endpoint protection (antivirus/anti-malware). U-M is upgrading its existing antivirus/anti‑malware software for university-owned computers on the UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and UM-Flint campuses with an enhanced endpoint protection tool, CrowdStrike Falcon. MiWorkspace computers are already protected by this tool and ITS will be working with schools, colleges, and units to update other university‑owned machines. Learn more about enhanced endpoint protection at U‑M.
  • Social media. Follow us @umichTECH for cybersecurity tips throughout October.
  • "My days are all Tuesday." CISO Tuesday, with Sol Bermann, U-M's Executive Director of Information Assurance and Chief Information Security Officer. Plus check out all of the CISO Tuesday series for articles by other CISOs.
  • October 1—Email to faculty and staff
  • October 2—Summer/Fall issue of Safe Computing News published and sent to subscribers. Members of the U-M community can subscribe by joining the Safe Computing Newsletter MCommunity group.
  • October 8—Email to students
  • October 8, 6-7 p.m.—Who's Watching You: A Multidisciplinary Panel on Privacy. Watch the recording. Held virtually in collaboration with U-M's Tech for Social Good, the panel included:
    • Sol Bermann, Chief Information Security Officer and Executive Director of ITS Information Assurance
    • Barbara McQuade, Professor from Practice, Law School
    • Abraham Mhaidli, Student, School of Information
    • Ranjan Pal, Assistant Research Scientist, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • October 19–30—Cybersecurity Challenge for students. Students on the Ann Arbor campus will receive an email invitation to test their IT security knowledge by taking the Cybersecurity Challenge. Those who complete the online questions with a score of 90% or higher will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Michigan Medicine Activities

In Your Unit or Remote "Office"

Events Online and Elsewhere