Furthering our member's basic IT and media skills is an important issue for TUM. Both employees and students must be able to cope with increasingly complex IT systems and infrastructures. Apart from properly working with computers or smartphones, legacy and new communications platforms, such as email and WhatsApp, and interaction with social networks, demand a certain level of know-how to meet one's own data protection and IT security requirements.
In this area, TUM supports employees and students with various campaigns and events.
Freshman class awareness campaign
TUM organizes various campaigns as part of the freshman Days event. Apart from manning exhibit booths where password cards are distributed and where problems related to passwords can be discussed, we also conduct brief presentations, distribute flyers about important issues and hand out freebies with links to our IT security info texts on the network.
In 2016 for the first time the campaing is embedded in the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM).
A list of our IT security seminars is available at: it-sicherheit/veranstaltungen. Here, you can find information about past and current evening presentations, as well as employee training and education programs, such as "The Hackers are Coming" or data protection and security days jointly organized by TUM and LRZ.
Support in the area of phishing and malicious emails is also available to members of TUM. Apart from info texts, we offer a self-learning test that helps members of the university more easily detect malicious emails, as well as a list of known phishing emails making their way around TUM, which serves as a self-research tool. The support area also offers assistance for those who are unsure if a specific email is malicious or not.
April Fools’ 2016
On 1 April 2016, we played an April Fools’ joke on our employees via email. This prank, which had a serious background, was designed to raise awareness. The employees not only had the opportunity to apply what they know about handling malicious emails. The website we lured them to offered a wealth of information about data protection, personal data protection and IT security.