1. Naming cybersecurity ambassadors
The University of Southern Maine developed a cybersecurity ambassador program for its undergraduate and graduate students. Ambassadors conduct research into cybersecurity risks and trends, then reach out to the community, as well as lead events on the university’s campus in Portland, Maine. A March campus event featuring the university’s cybersecurity ambassadors focused on four key risk areas for students — social media, home networks, identity protection and phishing attacks. It also created a space where students could ask questions about how to defend themselves online.
Students in the cybersecurity ambassador program do not need to major in cybersecurity, but must “demonstrate the desire to further their knowledge of cybersecurity while helping to build a stronger cybersecurity posture throughout Maine,” according to the program’s website.