October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a global effort to help everyone stay safe and protected when using technology whenever and however you connect. The theme for the month is “See Yourself in Cyber,” and Chico State is proud to support this online safety and education initiative in October. The cybersecurity and digital privacy of our employees and students are important at Chico State. Throughout October, the Information Security Team will share activities and awareness materials, and each week will focus on a different theme. Students, faculty, and staff can find more information on upcoming events and themes at

This year the Chancellor’s Office is sponsoring a Cybersecurity Poster contest. The deadline for submissions is December 1st. 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Week 1: Fear Factor or Multi-Factor? Authenticate to Mitigate

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is also known as two-factor authentication (2FA) and two-step verification. No matter what you call it, multi-factor authentication is a security measure that requires anyone logging into an account to navigate a two-step process to prove their identity. It makes it twice as hard for criminals to access an online account. When it’s available, always turn it on because it’s easy to do and dramatically increases your security. This is a great way to See Yourself in Cyber!

You can find more information about Week 1 at