News & Events


In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM), the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Education and Outreach (CREO) is planning a month-long campaign hosted by N.C. A&T State University and partners in October 2021. Each week will focus on different themes related to cybersecurity- behavior, gamification, education at every age and cultivation in the classroom. We invite all members of our community to submit creative and innovative work related to cybersecurity and social science. All mediums and areas of study are welcome, including traditional cybersecurity materials. This can be in the form of a research paper, artistic interpretation, sharing a personal experience or introducing us to cybersecurity leaders, members of industry or affected community members. Please send us your submission using this link!

(P) = prizes available 

CSAM Launch: Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

Tuesday, Oct. 5th at 10 a.m.

We invite our N.C. A&T community to join ITS & CREO as we kick off Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October. This session features remarks by Chancellor Martin, Senior Vice Provost Smith-Jackson, and the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Education and Outreach director, Dr. Hossein Sarrafzadeh. James Donoghue, a Homeland Security professional, will share a law enforcement perspective on cybersecurity protection. James E. Cheeks II (Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Washington Field Office, Cyber Branch) will also join the discussion.

This session will focus on the urgent need for individual cybersecurity responsibility, the daily threats we face, and the need for interdisciplinary skills in the job market.


Why Do We Fall for Internet Fraud Schemes?

Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m.

Robin Valeri, Ph.D., professor of psychology at St. Bonaventure University, will examine common internet fraud schemes that rely on social engineering and explore the psychology behind why so many of us fall for these schemes.


EC-Council: Cybersecurity by Gamification

Monday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m.

For some, learning cybersecurity skills can be boring, daunting or seem out of reach. Wesley Alvarez, Director of Academics at the EC-Council, the world's largest cybersecurity certification body, is here to teach us otherwise.



Equifax: The Importance of Protecting Privacy

Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m.

Privacy often gets overlooked in the discussion of cybersecurity. Lonnie Harris, VP Privacy Engineering at Equifax, will remedy that in this session that will inform on privacy, fraud and protection.



information security training (P)

Tuesday, Oct. 19 

ITS will launch this year’s online mandatory information training in October.   The self-paced training is mandatory and only for SHRA university employees.  This annual training is one of the IT resources that helps employees in their roles as human firewalls protect university information and the hardware and software resources used to store, process, or transmit that information.  Topics include IT policies, fundamental security knowledge, common cybersecurity threats, social engineering red flags, WiFi security, social media sharing, and phishing prevention including a phishing attack demonstration.  Training portal information will be sent to SHRA employees.  June 30, 2022 is the deadline to complete the training.


Drip7: Microlearning Cybersecurity by Gamification

Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.

Heather Stratford, CEO of Drip7, will teach us how cybersecurity education is accessible to everyone via microlearning. Drip7 is a revolutionary new microlearning platform that is re-inventing the way users are introduced to and trained on cybersecurity and cyber skills that come along with modern technology.



Knock, knock! Who's There? Cybersecurity! (P)

Friday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m.

Cybercriminals are relentless in pursuit of your information.  Cybersecurity can help you thwart their efforts.  Brian Pearce, an Account Executive, and Jeffrey McGuff, an Engineer, with Data Network Solutions (DNS) will engage us in a conversation on malware, data loss protection, email security, endpoint security, and access security while providing insight on security monitoring and technologies that help thwart cybercriminals.



aggie shred and recycling day!

Saturday, Oct. 23  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Located on the campus of NC A&T SU

Parking Lot #38 – On Laurel Street across from the University Police Department (Ward Hall) 

Event may end sooner if trucks reach their capacities before 1 p.m.

ITS, CREO, and WMI are  hosting this free document disposal and electronics recycling event for university employees and students.  Powerhouse Recycling, an electronic waste vendor, and Shred-it, a document waste vendor, are certified and will handle disposal and recycling in a safe, secure, and environmentally friendly manner. Both vendors will provide certificates to the university for services rendered.

Shred university documents such as student, personnel, and financial records that no longer have use or value to the university .  Shred personal documents such as old tax documents, bills, bank statements, pay stubs, and homework assignments.  Dispose of personal electronics such as old computers, TVs, VCRs, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, cell phones, cables, and wires.  Hard drives do not have to be removed from computers prior to disposal.  Shred personal storage devices such as thumb drives, floppy disks, Zip disks, CDs, and hard drives.  Do not bring university owned electronics and storage devices to the event.  Employees must contact Property Management in order to dispose of university assets according to established university procedures.

The event is on a first-come-first-serve basis.   There is not a limit on the amount of documents or electronics each person can bring.  Employees and students will simply drive through or walk-up and drop off documents and/or electronics.  Before dropping off your documents for disposal, remove binder clips/clamps from documents and remove documents from notebooks, binders, and report covers.  Staples, paper clips, and rubber bands do not have to be removed from documents prior to disposal.

Questions about the event? Email

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social engineering & social media...the highways of today's hackers (P)

Monday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.

Clarence Williams, an Account Executive with Dell Technologies, examines how hackers target you with social engineering tactics by using information readily available online, the implications of what companies can do with your data when you accept terms and conditions to applications like Instagram and Facebook, the importance of cybersecurity awareness, and how cybersecurity education can give you a leg up in any profession.



#ncatbEcybersmart twitter trivia (p)

Starts Monday, Oct. 25 

ITS welcomes university employees and students to the second year of #NCATBeCyberSmart Twitter trivia!  Show off your knowledge about events, threats, IT policies, and safety that help you protect yourself and the university.  Be the first person to answer a trivia cybersecurity question correctly and win a prize.   

#NCATBeCyberSmart Twitter Trivia Contest Rules

The following contest rules apply:

* Valid from October 25, 2021 to October 29, 2021.  

* Open to current N.C. A&T employees and students only; winners will be verified.

* Tagging and direct messaging must be allowed or forfeit ability to win. 

* Answers must be spelled correctly, include #NCATBeCyberSmart , and be correct to win.

* Only one answer per person for each question is allowed.

* The first person to answer a question correctly will be tagged in the comment section of the original tweet along with the correct answer and sent a direct message.


demystifying cybersecurity as a career pathway

Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.

Tony Marshall, President & CEO of ISG Link Cybersecurity, is going to discuss the pathway to cybersecurity and give students the tools to decide if it's right for them. Further, we will articulate the immediate need to develop a clear career pathway for success that aligns GCS, NC A&T, ISG and others in a way that helps students them to matriculate from aspiration to employment.

Webinar Link:


hackers, the dark web and digital forensics

Thursday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m.

Does everything we do online stay there forever? Even if we delete information, are there still traces? Our Security Specialist from Homeland Security, James Donoghue, will explain how easy it is for hackers to attain our information – especially when we’re so eager to publicize it! Further, he will detail how law enforcement uses digital forensics to trace hackers, users of the dark web, and protect our most vulnerable group – the youth of America.

Webinar Link:


additional resources


Tip Sheets

Multi-Factor Authentication

Social Media Safety



Protect Your Computer From Malware

Public Wi-Fi Security Tips




ITS thanks our partners CDWG, Dell, digitaldefense by HelpSystems, DNS, and Systel for the prizes sponsored for CSAM activities.

  • Amazon $25 gift cards - DNS
  • Apple AirPods Pro - digitaldefense by HelpSystems
  • Apple iPad Mini - digitaldefense by HelpSystems
  • Apple iPad Pro - CDWG
  • Apple Mac Book Air - CDWG
  • HP LaserJet Pro 400 printer - Systel
  • Lacie 1 TB external USB hard drives - CDWG
  • Yeti Rambler stainless steel bottles - Dell