As our lives continue to become more interconnected, our use of online technology continues to grow. Even when we are not directly connected to the internet, the infrastructure of a worldwide network of computers supports our daily lives and choices. Beyond our typical use of cell phones and computers, we use technology to track many essentials of our daily lives including gaming, nutrition, recreation, shopping, exercise, with devices in our cars, in our homes, and just about everywhere – our last Google search, our last Amazon purchase, etc. Our daily choices have the potential to impact our community as a whole and individually. The reality is our lives are very closely tied to the data that feeds and makes up the internet.
As a community, all of us at UCLA should be individually and collectively responsible to secure the devices and networks we use. Our individual choices have the potential to impact the cyber-safety of our entire UCLA community. We can proactively increase our campus community’s safety by cultivating cybersecure habits consistent with latest security practices and rooted in the willingness to learn and share our knowledge with others. Together we can foster a more safe, resistant, and protected environment.