October focus is on cybersecurity

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a global effort to help everyone stay safe and protected when using technology. The theme for the month is, ‘Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart’ and Texas Woman’s University is proud to be a champion and support this online safety and education initiative.

The cybersecurity of faculty, staff, and students is important to Texas Woman’s. Throughout the month of October, IT Solutions will host new events and activities including competitive opportunities with prizes such as Apple AirPods, TWU power banks, and Dining Dollars.


Cybersecurity Awareness Month Info Booth

12-1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, Student Union at Hubbard Hall, first floor

Drop by the Cybersecurity Awareness Month Info Booth for giveaways and information about this year’s activities.


Find the Phish – Phishing Tournament

Oct. 11-15, virtual event

Can you find the phish? Constant streams of email provide ample opportunity for cyber criminals to take advantage of hurried email practices such as skimming content, downloading attachments and clicking links. In TWU’s first phishing tournament, TWU faculty, staff, and students can prove their sleuthing skills by reporting authorized, simulated phishing attempts.

The tournament will take place over the course of one week where participants will receive various authorized, simulated phishing emails from TWU Information Security and the SANS Security Awareness Platform.

Prizes include:

  • First place – Apple AirPods with TWU case
  • Second place – Apple AirTag
  • Third place – TWU-branded power bank

Register for the Phishing Tournament.


TWU Asset E-waste Recycling

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, gravel lot on east side of Facilities Management & Construction building

Faculty and staff are invited to clear out and responsibly recycle all TWU non-tagged assets that may be outdated, broken, or simply taking up space within their departments or academic components. Proper destruction of storage devices and electronics is key to keeping TWU cyber secure.

IT Solutions is hosting Computer Crusher, a local electronic waste (e-waste) recycler, to collect TWU non-tagged assets. This event is for faculty and staff who work with TWU equipment.

Read about drop-off procedures and accepted items.


TWU Cybersecurity Trivia

Oct. 28-29, virtual event

Put your cybersmarts to the test! Questions will be based on cybersecurity tips TWU Information Security will share all month long, so follow along on Twitter (@TWUTech) and Facebook (TWU Technology)

Prizes include:

  • First place – $50 TWU Dining Dollars
  • Second place – $25 TWU Dining Dollars
  • Third Place – $15 TWU Dining Dollars

Registration is required to play and is limited to 50 participants.


Visit the TWU Cybersecurity Awareness Month website for full event details.