Since 2004, the President of the United States and Congress have declared October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with the goal of helping individuals protect themselves online as threats to technology and confidential data become more common. The UC Cybersecurity Awareness Month (UCCAM) is a collaborative effort between most UC locations to provide a month of events that will help our community stay cyber aware. A full lineup of UC systemwide events is available here. The following events are hosted by UCSB:

The State of (Passwordless) Authentication

Wednesday, October 11 from 12-1 p.m. - Register here.
Presented by Chad Spensky, Founder & CEO of Allthenticate

The world is going passwordless and it's going to be awesome. However, navigating this new paradigm can be very confusing. In this talk, Allthenticate CEO Chad Spensky will provide a brief history of passwords and authentication, highlighting the small wins and pitfalls along the way. Spensky will also shed light on the various "passwordless" solutions and how they might shape our future. After this presentation, you will be able to confidently choose authentication solutions and increase your online security posture, both at home and at work.

Adopting Zero Trust and SASE Architectures

Monday, October 16 from 12-1 p.m. - Register here.
Presented by Jon Green, Chief Security Officer at Aruba Networks

“Zero Trust” has been a highly overused buzzword for many years now, representing a model where you never trust a source without first verifying it. “Secure Access Service Edge” (SASE) and the related “Security Service Edge” (SSE) are new and lesser-known technologies that, when combined with Zero Trust, can provide a more robust security architecture. In this presentation, Green will explain what these technologies are, describe how they are used, and provide a roadmap for your organization to adopt these security solutions.

New Zoom Security Features 

Tuesday, October 17 from 12-1 p.m. - Register here.
Monday, October 23 from 12-1 p.m. - Register here.

Presented by John Chiaro, Customer Success Manager at Zoom

Zoom has been utilized as the primary communication tool across the UC system for the past several years. In this webinar, Zoom Customer Success Manager John Chiaro will discuss some of Zoom’s new advanced security features and best practices, demonstrating how to effectively use them to keep your meetings safe and secure. In addition, he will explore some awesome new non-security features and show how to incorporate them successfully in Zoom sessions.

An Introduction to Privacy & Cybersecurity Law

Tuesday, October 24 from 12-1 p.m. - Register here.
Presented by USC Law Student Reema Moussa

2023 has been a banner year for privacy and cybersecurity legislation. This session will focus on major developments from U.S. and international data protection regulatory agencies, industry-specific regulations, and new legislation in data privacy. From cyber rules recently passed by the SEC to new priorities for enforcing U.S. state privacy legislation, we'll unpack how privacy and cybersecurity topics are unfolding in legal and political spheres. We'll also cover some best practices, resources, and how to keep up with this rapidly changing environment. This presentation will focus on high-level updates for all stakeholders and audiences of different disciplines; no legal background or expertise is required.

Is AI Really as Dangerous as They Say?

Wednesday, October 25 from 12-1 p.m. - Register here.
Presented by Chad Spensky, Founder & CEO of Allthenticate

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the latest fad that the media has decided to focus on. In this talk, Spensky will debunk some of the myths surrounding current AI capabilities and will provide context on the existing risks. How might this shape our society and the future of cybersecurity? After this discussion, you will have a better understanding of AI and be able to separate fact from fiction when reading your next buzzword laden AI news article.