Online Safety: For Administrators

Every person in the school community has a role in keeping the Internet safe and secure. Creating a cybersecurity awareness campaign will make everyone conscious of the part they play, and will ultimately produce a safer campus and a happier college experience.

Nearly everyone on a college campus uses the Internet on a daily basis for a variety of reasons. Students use it for homework and social networking; faculty and staff use it to communicate and post lesson plans and grades. Your faculty and staff may also be involved in important research and the development of new intellectual property that need protection.

Evaluate and Update Cybersecurity Plans

  • Review acceptable use policies to be sure they are current with all new technologies.
  • Create a plan to notify students, faculty, and staff in the event of a data breach. Learn more at
  • Incorporate STOP. THINK. CONNECT. tips and advice in student handbooks and orientation materials.
  • Encourage the president, the dean of students and other administrators to emphasize the importance of cybersecurity when addressing students.
  • Offer training to ensure that educators who incorporate social media, blogs and new technologies in class understand the privacy and security implications.

Raise Awareness Among Students

  • Post the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. tips and advice and posters around campus and on your school’s website.
  • Write an article on cybersecurity that incorporates the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. tips and advice for your campus newspaper. You can use information found at or
  • Use social media to disseminate information and encourage students, faculty and staff to learn more about staying safe online. For ideas, “like” the National Cyber Security Alliance Facebook page and the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Facebook page and follow us on Twitter at @StaySafeOnline and @STOPTHNKCONNECT.


  • Keep a Clean Machine: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet:Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.
  • Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

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