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National Cybersecuirty Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

UK ITS will be hosting various events and opportunities for you to learn more about cybersecurity through the month of October! Want to be involved? Here's some things you can do: 

  • Participate in any of our events below! 

Save the Date: UK_CyberCon 2023

Save the date for the 2nd annual CyberCon event on Monday, October 30 at The Cornerstone!

This year’s event will host:

  • Free Food, Exhibits, Games, Networking, and Prizes
  • Federal Agency Presentation (FBI and CISA) – Today’s Threats, Agency Role & Response, & the Future
  • Guest Speaker Alex Keedy, UK Alumna & Cybersecurity Woman of the Year Finalist
  • Careers in Cybersecurity Panel

CyberCon full details

Cybersecurity Web Series

Learn more about cybersecurity best practices through real life scenarios.

WATCH: Restricted Intelligence

WATCH: Snapshots

WATCH: The Inside Man

Cybersecurity News

University of Kentucky Information Technology Services Announces Simple Steps Everyone Can Take During Cybersecurity Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2023     Marci Adams   UK Information Technology Services   Assistant Director, Communications and Strategic Engagement    

University of Kentucky Information Technology Services Announces CyberCon 2023

October is Cybersecurity awareness month, and University of Kentucky Information Technology Services (UK ITS) invites students, faculty, and staff to attend CyberCon 2023.

Cybersecurity Notification | Phishing Attacks from Compromised Accounts

UK Information Technology Services (UK ITS) would like to inform students, faculty, and staff of multiple, coordinated phishing attacks using internal compromised accounts. Please read more on what to do if you receive a phishing attack.

Training & Best Practices

Explore resources below to learn more about cybersecurity.


WATCH & READ: Reporting Phishing in MS Outlook

WATCH: Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

WATCH: Keeping Your Data Safe While Traveling Abroad

Watch the video below to Cybersecurity tips to be aware of while you are traveling abroad. Whether that is before you leave, while on your trip, or when you get home.

WATCH: Keeping Your Data Safe While Traveling Abroad

Types of Threats

Other types of threats can be found at


Phishing can be defined as a cybercrime where one may be contacted by someone posing as a legitimate institution or person to encourage individuals to provide sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII), financial information, or passwords. This crime can result in identity theft and financial loss.

How To Respond To or Detect a Spam Email or Phishing Attack

How do I report spam and phishing emails?

How can I determine if the email I received is safe?

Want to receive emails about common phishing attacks seen at UK?

Sign up for our Phishing Newsletter

Job Scams

Many scammers try to trick you with messages to apply for jobs. These can often result in identity theft or loss of money. 

More examples:

See our Top 5 Job Scams: Tips to Recognize and Avoid These Career Traps to learn more. 


Malware, or malicious software, are files or code that are used by attackers to perform malicious behavior on a machine. There are a wide variety of malware attacks which often result in stolen information or money.

How do I find out if my personal computer has a virus?

Cybersecurity Tools Available at UK

Learn more about tools used at UK to protect our University data and systems.

Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication adds an extra-layer of protection to your data and personal information! Visit the Tech Help Center for all related information at Multi-Factor Authentication Article listing.

Advanced Threat Protection

Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) protects the University community against malicious content sent to any University email address and content stored in Microsoft 365 by reducing exploits like direct deposit fraud, W2 theft, and ransomware attacks which can be spread globally. 

What is Advanced Threat Protection?

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Anti-Phishing Tips

MalwareBytes for Students

MalwareBytes is an anti-virus software available to UK students to use on their personal machines. MalwareBytes can be downloaded at

Malwarebytes For Student Computers

External Tagging

External tagging immediately flags any emails that are sent from non-UK addresses as "external".

Why External Email Tagging Was Implemented