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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023

We are sincerely grateful for everyone who participated in last months Cybersecurity Awareness Month activities, and we're so excited to share our winners (with their permission)! Please help us congratulate all our winners!

Our Cybersecurity Awareness Month winners are:

Karen Lowdermilk
Kimberly Parrott
Tracy Bethel
Adam Oakley
William Gilbert
Summer Webbink
Allison Bender
Sarah Karkanawi
Josh Wilson
Tracy Tubb
Christian Browning
Joshua M Wilson
Akhil Vishnubhotla

Our Phishing Challenge winners are:

Linda Kaltenbach
Beth Harris
Matt Brown
Paul Higgins
Jennifer Simmers
Patti Gorgone
Grady Arnao
Yi Min Wei
Katie Lawrence
Jamie Taylor
Andrea Vogel
Brian Battle

And the Phantastic Phisher is Brandon Adams!

Our Scavenger Hunt winners are:

Justin Hayes
Shelley Gillman
Yitong Eric Su
Carrie Porterfield
Russell Koonts
Gene Dupree
Stephanie B Dash
Kay Lytle

And our Super Sleuth is Amanda Fitterer

And a big congrats to our grand prize winners!

Suzanne Zeid
Bill Collins


Each year, the Duke IT Security offices create multiple opportunities for the Duke community to engage with Cybersecurity Awareness activities in October. In addition to inviting you to join in activities for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Alliance, we invite you to take part in the following Duke activities:

Poster with details for Cybersecurity Awareness Month Activities in October 2023. Daily phishing challenge, scavenger hunt, lunch and learns, FBI Presentation


Daily Phishing Challenge 

Duke has a simulated phishing program designed to educate our users on recognizing and reporting suspected phishing attacks. 

During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, you can opt in and agree to participate in additional simulated phishing for a chance to win prizes. Participants will receive one phish each workday between October 2-20 and report it using the “Report Phish to Duke” button for the chance to win daily and weekly prizes. Completing the phishing challenge also increases your chances of winning the grand prize! 

Beginning in November, participants will receive one phish per month and may opt out at any time.

white image of a catfish with the words "Annual Duke Phishing Challenge: Opt-in phishing: the challenge returns"

Scavenger Hunt 

Put your skills to the test each week and answer clues for the chance to win prizes. We'll have riddles to send you all over Duke (virtually), and if you answer our puzzles correctly, you'll have the chance to win prizes! Sign up to participate here, and keep an eye out for more information.

White poster with the words, "Join the Duke IT Security Offices for our Cybersecurity Awareness Month Scavenger hunt. Answer clues, have fun, win prizes. Phishing, MFA, Passwords"


Lunch & Learns

Join us for several lunch & learns through out the month; TBA. 


Presentation by the FBI 

Join us on October 5th from 3-4:30 at DHTS @ The Park for a cyber threat brief from local FBI agents. This is an in-person event only and it will not be recorded, per the FBI. Space is limited and RSVPs are required: 

Blue poster with the words "join the duke information security offices For a presentation from the FBI. Celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month and receive a cyber threat brief from local FBI agents. October 5, 2023, 3:00-4:30PM, 14 Moore Drive, Durham NC, 1North Auditorium"