Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Now in its 18th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing everyone with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. Texas Woman's University is proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative which is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Events and Activities

October 1-31

Don't Get Phished! with Q&A by TWU Info Security Team
Virtual presentation | Presented by TWU Information Security and Outreach & Engagement

When should I click on links in an email? Why does this email look suspicious even though it says it was sent by a colleague? Find the answers to these questions and more during our presentation with the TWU Information Security team. Participants will learn how to avoid a phish and protect their data.

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October 5

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Info Booth
12:00-1:00 PM, Student Union 1st Floor | In-person event | Presented by TWU Information Security

Drop by the Cybersecurity Awarenees Month Info Booth for giveaways and information about this year's activities.

October 11-15

Find the Phish - Phishing Tournament
Virtual event | Presented by TWU Information Security

Can you find the phish? Constant streams of email provide ample opportunity for cyber criminals to take advantage of hurried email practices such as skimming content, downloading attachments and clicking links. In TWU’s first phishing tournament, you can prove your sleuthing skills by reporting authorized, simulated phishing attempts. The tournament will take place over the course of one week where participants will receive various authorized, simulated phishing emails from TWU Information Security and the SANS Security Awareness Platform.

How it works:

  1. Sign up to participate in the tournament. You must be a Texas Woman’s University student, staff or faculty member to participate.
  2. Receive a confirmation email from TWU Information Security with tournament instructions.
  3. Participant email addresses, first name and last name will be entered into the SANS Security Awareness platform where they will be emailed authorized, simulated phishing emails by TWU Information Security from October 11-15.
  4. See a phish? Report it! Don’t click on the links, reply to the email or download attachments. Participants that believe that they have received an authorized phishing email will be instructed to report it via the phishing tournament’s reporting form.

For every correct phish that is identified via the tournament form, the participant will earn one point. The top three participants with the most points at the end of the week will win prizes. Taking action in the email or falling for the phish will not earn a point. Training information is immediately available from SANS if the participant does fall for the simulated phishing attempt.

The TWU Service Desk will be aware of all authorized tournament emails. However, if you believe one of the phishing emails may be a legitimate phishing attempt by a malicious actor, please do not hesitate to report the email to the TWU Service Desk at 940-898-3971,, or If you report an authorized, simulated phishing email to the TWU Service Desk, please note that to earn a point in the tournament, you also need to report it via the tournament form.

Please use the form below to register for the tournament. By participating, you agree to receive authorized, simulated phishing emails. All phishing emails in this tournament will be sent by TWU Information Security via the SANS Security Awareness platform; however, the emails may appear to be coming from known or unknown senders.


  • 1st place - Apple AirPods with TWU case
  • 2nd place - Apple AirTag
  • 3rd place - TWU branded power bank

In the event of a tie, a winner will be randomly drawn from the eligible participants.

Register here:

October 21

TWU Asset E-waste Recycling
10:00 AM-2:00 PM, East Side of FMC | In-person event |
Presented by TWU IT Solutions and Facilities Management & Construction

Faculty and staff are invited to clear out and responsibly recycle all TWU non-tagged assets that may be outdated, broken, or simply taking up space within their departments or academic components. Proper destruction of storage devices and electronics is key to keeping TWU cyber secure.

On October 21, IT Solutions (ITS) is hosting Computer Crusher, a local electronic waste (e-waste) recycler, to collect TWU non-tagged assets. This event is for faculty and staff that work with TWU equipment.

Event Details

Drop-off Procedures
Computer Crusher will park their vehicle on the Denton campus at the gravel parking lot to the east of the Facilities Management & Construction (FMC) building to allow for drive-up and walk-up accessibility. No reservation is needed for drop-offs, and an ITS staff will be onsite to monitor and facilitate drop-offs.

  1. Walk or drive up to the east side of the FMC building and wait for an ITS staff member to check you in.
  2. Walk-up participants may approach the check-in table with their department’s recycling. Drive-up participants may check in from their vehicles.
  3. Once checked in, a Computer Crusher representative will assist with loading recycling into their truck.

Accepted Items
This event is for TWU non-tagged assets/equipment only. Non-tagged assets include:

  • Media storage such as flash drives, hard drives or tapes
  • Monitors
  • Keyboards, mice, and other peripherals
  • Printers
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Cables

TWU-owned tagged assets (assets that have a maroon and white sticker with tag number) will not be accepted since they must go through the surplus process before recycling. If your department has TWU tagged computers/assets ready for sanitation, please contact the ITS Service Desk at (940) 898-3971.

Recycling Process
All recycling will be done offsite at the Computer Crusher facility. A Certificate of Destruction will be obtained for all TWU assets. Please let the ITS attendant know if your department will require a copy of the Certificate of Destruction for your records.

Inclement Weather and Vendor Cancelation
In the cases of inclement weather or vendor cancelation, the event will be canceled. Please follow @TWUTech on Twitter for up-to-date information on event day.

October 28-29 

TWU Cybersecurity Trivia
Virtual event | Presented by TWU Information Security

Put your cybersmarts to the test! Questions will be based on cybersecurity tips we share all month long, so follow along on Twitter (@TWUTech) and Facebook (TWU Technology) to gain an advantage. Participants must be a Texas Woman's University faculty, staff or student to play. 


  • 1st place - $50 TWU Dining Dollars
  • 2nd place - $25 TWU Dining Dollars
  • 3rd place - $15 TWU Dining Dollars

In the event of a tie, a winner will be randomly drawn from the eligible participants.

Registration is required to play and is limited to 50 participants. Register here:

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