Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber Security Awareness Month


Fridays | October 1 - 29

Cyber Security Awareness is everyone’s responsibility.  From personal to business to social each of us must take measure to maintain our security and privacy online. October is Cyber Security Month and it’s all about being Cyber Smart.  Launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in October 2004 to educate everyone on the best security practices.  Hear from the national leaders and experts in the field beginning Friday, October 1.

This virtual experience is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Please click HERE to join the seminar.

Set your calendars or check www.aum.edu/events each Friday to hear about and learn the opportunities you have to secure your data and privacy and the opportunities of those who want your information may have to get it.

General Touhill headshot

October 1 (Week 1): Be Cyber Smart
General Touhill
8:30 – 9:30 A.M. | Join Virtual Presentation

As our lives have become increasingly dependent on technology, virtually all personal and business data is kept on internet-connected platforms, which can become a gold mine for bad actors.The first full week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will highlight best security practices and focus on general cyber hygiene to keep your information safe. Own your role in cybersecurity by starting with the basics. Creating strong passwords and using multi-factor authentication, backing up your data, and updating your software are great places to start. This is a great way to Do Your Part #BeCyberSmart!

Bosko David

October 8 (Week 2): Fight the Phish
Colonel David B. Bosko
10 – 11 A.M. | Goodwyn Hall 109 or Join virtual presentation

Phishing attacks and scams have thrived since the COVID pandemic began in 2020 and today, phishing attacks account for more than 80 percent of reported security incidents.  Week 2 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will stress the importance of being wary of emails, text messages or chat boxes that come from a stranger or someone you were not expecting. Think before you click on any suspicious emails, links or attachments and make sure to report any suspicious emails if you can!

October 15 (Week 3): Explore. Experience. Share
Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week
Ms. Charisse Stokes
10 – 11 A.M. | Goodwyn Hall 109 or Join virtual presentation

Week 3 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will highlight the Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week led by National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). This is a week-long campaign that inspires and promotes the exploration of cybersecurity careers. Whether it’s students, veterans, or those seeking a career change, the dynamic field of cybersecurity field is rapidly growing and has something for everyone.

General Edwards headshot

October 22 (Week 4): Cybersecurity First
General Trent H. Edwards
10 – 11 A.M. | Join virtual presentation

Week 4 is all about making security a priority. For businesses, this means building security into products and processes. Make cybersecurity training a part of employee onboarding and equip staff with the tools they need to keep the organization safe. For individuals, keep cybersecurity at the forefront of your mind as you connect daily. Before purchasing a device or online product, do your research. When you set up a new device or app, consider your security and privacy settings and update default passwords. Cybersecurity should not be an afterthought.

Devon Henschel headshot

October 29 (Week 5): Records Retention
Samantha McNeily, AUM Library
Devon Henschel, Alabama Department of Archives and History 
10 – 11 A.M. | Join virtual presentation

Week 5 is geared towards regulations on records retention and how they apply to the field of Cyber Security. Often times we forget about old paper copies that have been stored for many years. These pose significant risks to any organization if they are not managed properly. Also, we may forget that the rules and regulations also affect retention policies for digital media. Though reduction of data is mostly a good thing in cyber security, there are rules and regulations that need to be observed. This training is geared towards AUM employees who will receive guidelines that will help you destroy unnecessary data and documents as part of ShredFest.

AUM logo

November 12 (Week 5.5): ShredFest
Employees only

Quad | November 12

ITS will host ShredFest in the Quad located in front of Clement Hall.  We will provide an opportunity to bring documents for destruction. ITS organized locked shred bins and secure storage for departments to destroy old documents that are no longer needed. Samantha McNeilly will in determining what must be kept and what can be destroyed. In addition, AUM departments will have the opportunity to surplus small electronics and the random boxes of cables with ITS as well. We will have a surplus crew on site who can assist in completing surplus forms if necessary. Light refreshments will be available.

Want More Info About AUM?


Taylor Center 101


7400 East Drive Montgomery, AL 36117

Office Hours

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Call Today






    Let’s GO!

    Virtual Map of Campus.

    Start your adventure to campus life by clicking on our interactive map. Discover the AUM scene and its unique work-life balance. Take a virtual tour of featured facilities that provide comfort, convenience, exercise, and relaxation. Join a community of independent living and group activities that offset the challenging work week.