BEarAWARE 2017

BEAR AWARE logo with text: How cyber secure are you? Take the BEAR AWARE challenge and find out.

Congratulations to the winners of the drawing: Paul Eriksen (Google Home Assistant), Ivy Wong (Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet), Toni Tinberg ($25 Bookstore Gift Card), and Isidor Goldberg (Brown Campus Shop Scarf).

This fall get the tools and the knowledge to keep you safe and secure and enter a contest to win a fabulous prize!

Throughout October (National Cyber Security Awareness Month), CIS' Information Security Group will offer opportunities to test your knowledge of phishing, protecting your accounts and devices, and avoiding online hazards, as well as Special Events that include pop-up Two-Step stations, a panel discussion and a Brown Bag on protecting your credit.

To participate:

  • Visit one of our information tables on Two-Step Tuesdays (or the Safety Fair) to activate Google Two-Step (if you haven't already) and pick up some tips for Duo Two-Step as well. If you can't make it, just activate Google Two-Step. Everyone who has activated it by October 27 is entered in the drawing for a Google Home assistant.
  • Ace the weekly online quizzes for a chance on an Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet.
  • Attend the "Credit Protection" Brown Bag to also be entered in the Amazon Fire drawing.
  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 31st.

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» Jump to the Resources section: Spot the Phish | Protect Your Devices | Secure Your Digital Life | Guard Your Data

October at a glance:


5 icons with themes for month that say: spot the phish, protect your devices, do the two-step, secure your digital life, and guard your data

Special Events

Safety Resource Fair

Join us Wednesday, October 4 from 11 AM to 2 PM on the Main Green when we participate in the 13th annual "Be Safe Brown!" Campus Safety Resource Fair sponsored by the Department of Public Safety. Interactive game, give-aways plus collect a chance on the drawing.

Two-Step Tuesdays

Stop by one of our pop-up locations for pointers on and assistance with Google Two-Step verification. Everyone who has enabled Google Two-Step for their Brown email by October 27 becomes eligible for a drawing for a Google Home assistant. If you can't make one of these times, visit for details on how to get started.

  • Oct 3: Bear Terrace (next to Faunce Arch), 11 AM - 1 PM
  • Oct 10: Sharpe Refectory (Ratty), 11 AM - 1 PM
  • Oct 17: Lobby of J Walter Wilson, 11 AM - 1 PM
  • Oct 24: Lobby of Rockefeller Library, 1 PM - 3 PM

Women in Cyber Security Panel

As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Women & Technology group and CIS are hosting an informal panel discussion to explore issues related to personal data, privacy & cybersecurity. Panelists include Brown University computer science faculty Anna Lysyanskaya, Professor and Deborah Hurley, Adjunct Professor of the Practice.

Time / Place: Thursday, October 12, 12 PM - 1 PM, CIT 227

Please register so we can order light lunch appropriately.

Brown Bag on Credit Protection

Security breaches like the recent Equifax incident are a good reminder that you are ultimately responsible for your financial information. What can you do to protect yourself? Join Wynette Zuppardi, Brown's Director of Financial Services, for "What's the Score? Protecting Your Credit", a lunch-time presentation on the importance of credit, your credit score, how to protect it. Bring your questions and your lunch and we'll supply answers and dessert.

Time / Place: Thursday, October 26, 12 PM - 1 PM, Salomon 003
Visit What's the Score? Protecting Your Credit in LearningPoint to register for this presentation.


Each week we offer a new opportunity to test your cyber security savvy. The quizzes will be announced in Morning Mail and available from 12:00 AM each Monday through Friday at noon.

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#1 Spot the Phish Quiz

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#3 Secure Your Digital Life Quiz

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#2 Protect Your Devices Quiz

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#4 Guard Your Data Quiz

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Winners announced here and in
Today @ Brown on Tuesday, Oct 31.


Spot the Phish

Protect Your Devices

Secure Your Digital Life

Guard Your Data

CIS' Information Security Group is a proud champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.