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Cybersecurity Awareness Events

See the schedule of campus cybersecurity awareness presentations, events, and games.

Cybersecurity Awareness Presentations



LastPass Enterprise is UC San Diego’s password manager of choice. No more writing down passwords on a sticky note or keeping a spreadsheet on your desktop.

Join us to find out how you can use LastPass to securely manage both your university (e.g. Business Systems, Office 365) and your personal accounts (e.g. online banking, tax preparation) on all of your devices.

Register here for July 27, 9 a.m.

These presentations can also be delivered directly to departmental groups and tailored to the group’s needs, if desired. Contact to coordinate your team presentation.



Protecting your Digital Self is the webinar series created and developed by the UC Systemwide Cyber Champions Team for 2021. The series features UC Faculty and industry leaders discussing their research and work in areas which may be outside of the traditional cybersecurity landscape, but intersect the digital space and is impacted by cybersecurity.

Protecting Your Digital Self provides an opportunity for UC Faculty, staff, and students to come together virtually for interdisciplinary discussions surrounding information security on a wide range of topics relevant to society as a whole.

UC Santa Barbara opened the series with two great webinars. First, was the March 5 event The Credibility of Misinformation (Zoom recording) moderated by Professor Joseph B. Walther who spoke with Professor Miriam Metzger. These accomplished professors covered the implications of Professor Metzger's research on how individuals perceive misinformation and its sources, and what you can do to protect yourself and your communities from the damaging effects of misinformation. 

With the April 30 event, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Digital Age (Zoom recording), we had the opportunity to hold a discussion on this vitally important topic with Jessica Robinson, Founder and CEO of PurePoint International. She spoke on why systemic racism poses a threat to cybersecurity infrastructure, the role of leadership and management in cultivating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) within the cybersecurity field, and what action items can be taken to highlight the importance of DEI in the digital context. 

The May 20 webinar, Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know, featuring FBI Agent Elvis Chan and UC San Francisco CISO Pat Phelan was sold-out! Since an FBI agent presented, the session could not be recorded, however, Agent Chan provided some standard FBI handouts covering common cybersecurity topics, including ransomware.

The latest information on remaining sessions outlined for the year appears below and will be updated as registration details are provided. Please join us! 

September 10, 1p.m. via Zoom
Medical Cyber Disaster Preparedness

Christian Dameff, MD - UCSD, Health Medical Device Security
Jeff Tully, MD - UCDH, Physician and Security Researcher

October 18, 12p.m. via Zoom
Paths to Working in Information Security

Nathan Wenzler, Tenable

October - TBD
Ransomware Impacts on Industry

Severin Bornstein, Ph.D. – UCB Haas, E.T. Grether Chair, Business Administration and Public Policy; Faculty Director, Energy Institute

Stefan Savage - UCSD, Computer Science and Engineering

November 12, TBD via Zoom
Stefan Savage - UCSD, Computer Science and Engineering Professor-Stefan-Savage-Headshot.jpg
Modern Automotive Vulnerabilities: The Science Behind the Fast and the Furious

Over the last decade, a range of research has transformed our understanding of automobiles. What we traditionally envisioned as mere mechanical conveyances are now more widely appreciated as complex distributed systems "with wheels." A car purchased today has virtually all aspects of its physical behavior mediated through dozens of microprocessors, themselves networked internally, and connected to a range of external digital channels. As a result, software vulnerabilities in automotive firmware potentially allow an adversary to obtain arbitrary control over the vehicle. Indeed, led by UC San Diego and the University of Washington, multiple research groups have been able to demonstrate such remote control of unmodified automobiles from a variety of manufacturers.

In this talk, I'll highlight how our understanding of automotive security vulnerabilities has changed
over time, how unique challenges in the automotive sector give rise to these problems and create non-intuitive constraints on their solutions and, finally, the forces that naturally limit the kinds of automotive attacks seen in the wild.

Stefan Savage is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University. He currently serves as the co-director for UCSD's Center for Network Systems (CNS). Savage is a full-time empiricist, whose research interests lie at the intersection of computer security, distributed systems, and networking. Savage is a MacArthur Fellow, a Sloan Fellow, an ACM Fellow, and is a recipient of the ACM's Prize in Computing and SIGOPS Weiser Award. He currently holds the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Information and Computer Science, but is a fairly down-to-earth guy and only writes about himself in the third person when asked.

December - TBD
Panel Discussion - Diversity in Cyber Security

Brian Hall - UCSC, CISO
Jacob Martinez, Founder, Digital Nest
UCSC Slug Support
Magdalena Ramirez, UCSC Student Moderator

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Resources

Early preparations are underway for Cybersecurity Awareness Month October 2021 and UC San Diego is already registered as a Champion. In the meantime, open the Fun & Games drawer below for the 2020 offerings that we have from Living Security. We can still run the Cyber Escape Room on their platform a few more months, so reach out ( and schedule it, or the Security Feud team game, for your teams. You'll have fun!

Fun & Games

On Demand Movie and Videos, User-led & Moderator-led Games brought to us by Living Security

Living Security logo

Cinema Event

True-Eye.pngTrue Eye

True Eye is a thriller which follows new-hire, Adrian Bridges, through his first day at a global AI-technology firm. Adrian’s policy orientation and security training quickly spin into suspense and intrigue as his personal AI device, GUIDE, starts asking him to do unethical and even dangerous things with sensitive data. His adventure offers a glimpse into proper operational security, how technology affects people and what we can do about it. See the trailer here.
Watch the full length video (17:54 min.) by yourself or virtually with your team. Bring popcorn and make it an event!

Video Modules

CIP - Synthetic Identity Theft from Living Security on Vimeo.

Cyber Hygiene - How to Securely Work from Home during COVID-19

CIP - Vendor Email Compromise from Living Security on Vimeo


Determine which emails are phishing or legitimate. Use the information and hints provided to decide if the email is safe.

Timed game to locate all security threats or violations in sight. Watch out for zombies!

Game for advanced players who are challenged to locate the malicious phishing emails using only the raw email logs.

Security-Feud-_Graphic.jpgSecurity Feud
Quick on the buzzer? Join us for a fun, immersive security awareness game. Based on the popular game show Family Feud, we will bring two teams together to answer 19 cybersecurity-themed, crowd-sourced questions. It's time for Security Feud! May the best team win!
(Contact to schedule your team's play.)


Cyber Escape Room

CriticalMass-logo.png Figure out what happened at Gizmo! Suspicious behavior at Gizmo Corp. leads one team of remote investigators on a heart-pounding pursuit to stop cyber criminal heist that, if successful, could leak millions!

This online team-based cyber security training creates an engaging gamified experience for all levels of employees. An entirely virtual Escape Room will guide your team to uncover clues to identify and locate the insider threat. See the trailer here. (Contact to schedule your team's play.)

CriticalMass learning 


Seven Deadly Sins of Working From Home

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