Teach Your Kids to #BeCyberSmart and Own Their Cyber Safety

Kids aged eight to 12 currently spend an average of six hours a day online and face issues like identity theft, cyberbullying and cyber predators. By next year, there will be over 31 billion connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This means even more toys that connect to Wi-Fi in your house, more multiplayer games your kids play with internet strangers, increased use of tablets at school and phones on the bus and even more serious security and safety threats.

The best way to fight cybercriminals is through education and that can start at any age. As parents, caregivers, teachers and school administrators, we teach our children to learn how to safely cross a road and who to call in case of an emergency. We must also teach our kids proactive digital privacy and online safety behavior and give them the tools to own their own cyber safety.

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Most Marketable Skills for Cybersecurity

Technologist Talk covers which skills are most marketable for IT candidates interested in today’s most in-demand market: cybersecurity. Guest expert and CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux make the case that soft business skills—such as researching, writing, teaching, learning and collaborating—are what set candidates apart from the cybersecurity crowd in the eyes of employers.

Technologist Talk

E15: Why Employers Seeking Cybersecurity Talent Look First for Soft Business Skills

“[A talent for teaching matters in a cybersecurity career because] it’s about passing down the knowledge, sharing what you know, the value of analogy, and story, and examples. Being able to teach in a way that you wouldn’t think is teaching, but it is because you’re looking at that other person’s perspective, and you’re not only thinking about what is it that they should know, but how they can best consume it… In cybersecurity, that’s especially true when talking about complex issues and timely and sensitive things. You have to be clear and concise in your communication.”

– Todd Thibodeaux, President and CEO, CompTIA

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and to celebrate, the IT Security Team has a variety of Cyber Security events planned for each week.

  • Week 1: IT Security will be hosting an online Cyber Security Lunch and Learn about “IT Security: What do we do?” on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Week 2: Each day of the week, we will post short videos about passwords and password security on the new IT Security Website.
  • Week 3: On Thursday, we will be posting a video of a cyber-attacker targeting the University of Tulsa, where you can watch the steps they do to get into our stuff.
  • Week 4: The campus community is invited to participate in a Cyber Security Awareness Game, where each day participants will act like hackers and find clues spread around the campus.
  • Week 5: On Thursday at 2:00, we will have a Cyber Security Meeting open to all University employees, with a panel of security professionals ready to answer your questions about Cyber Security.

If you would like to participate in the Cyber Security Awareness Month Events, please email us at All employees are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Update iOS to fix an issue that impacts third-party keyboards

Update to iOS 13.1.1 or iPadOS 13.1.1 to fix an issue that impacts third-party keyboards on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Third-party keyboard extensions in iOS can be designed to run entirely standalone, without access to external services, or they can request “full access” to provide additional features through network access. Apple has discovered a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS that can result in keyboard extensions being granted full access even if you haven’t approved this access.

View the issue details and update your device

Scamming You Through Social Media

“Attempts to scam or fool you can happen over almost any form of communication you use—from Skype, WhatsApp, and Slack to Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and even gaming apps. Communication over these platforms or channels can feel more informal or trustworthy, which is precisely why attackers are using them to fool others. In addition, with today’s technologies, it has become much easier for any attacker anywhere in the world to pretend to be anything or anyone they want. It is important to remember that any communications that come your way might not be what they seem and that people are not always who they appear to be.”

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Privacy Tips for Parents

In today’s world, digitally connected families must think about safety and security both online and offline. Every child is taught basic safety and security, like not talking to strangers and looking both ways before crossing the street. Teaching young people easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begins with parents leading the way.

  • Share with care – what you post can last a lifetime
  • Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.
  • Post only about others as you would like to have them post about you
  • Own your online presence
  • Remain positively engaged
  • Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online