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Data Privacy Day (DPD) is observed on January 28th. Data Privacy Day is focused on, well data privacy of course. Officially recognized in the United States and Canada since 2008 as Data Privacy Day, today commemorates the first international treaty dealing with data privacy and protection. As we were last year, we are proud to join the National Cyber Security Alliance as a Data Privacy Day Champion and will be participating in the various discussions taking place over the new few weeks.

Want to get involved with Data Privacy Day, check out how at StaySafeOnline.org at http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/get-involved/.

Also, join in on the weekly Twitter chat series (@DataPrivacyDay), each Wednesday at 3pm by following #ChatDPD. More information available at http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/events/.

In addition to Data Privacy Day, EDUCAUSE will be observing Data Privacy Month from January 28th through February 28th. Join us and be a Data Privacy Champion!

There are various ways to stay connected with us:

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Phishing is a type of cyber attack that utilizes social engineering in an attempt to steal your identity by obtaining your personal information. By impersonating a person or company you trust, the scammer tries to receive your passwords, credit card numbers, account numbers, birthdate, or other information. Phishing can also be conducted via e-mail, websites, telephone, or even postal mail.  The point is to exploit you without you knowing and with your help. Knowing how to protect yourself by learning how to spot phishing attempts can protect you against having you identity stolen.

Protecting yourself from this type of cyber-attack relies only on your vigilance online. Always be on the lookout for odd letters or emails requesting information, especially when there are spelling errors or mysterious links. Often a phishing email will pose as one company but the link inside goes to a completely different obscure website. Ensure that trusted websites are the official versions and not just impersonations before you submit personal information. If you are suspicious of a website, link, or any form of communication, you can report it to Information Security by forwarding the email to spam@wit.edu or abuse@wit.edu.

The Wentworth Information Security Office also provides more on how to better prepare you for phishing attacks at our phishing information page.

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Today is dedicated to a topic that has been on the news and a lot of our minds for the past year, data privacy. Officially recognized in the United States and Canada since 2008 as Data Privacy Day, today commemorates the first international treaty dealing with data privacy and protection. The Wentworth Information Security Office is proud to join the National Cyber Security Alliance as a Data Privacy Day Champion by launching a month long awareness effort to better inform and educate our community on data privacy and protection.

As we move forward over the next month, we will provide you with few stories, useful links, and a few tools to both better inform you on the main concerns of today and how to protect your data, as well as how to ensure we are all doing our part to protect and safeguard institutional data. Please join us on our blog site for these weekly articles and follow us on Twitter for up to the minute updates, announcements, and interesting reads.

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