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Things are hardly slowing down as we approach the final week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In fact, the National Cybersecurity Institute has a full schedule to end the month-long event strong. The solutions for the previous cybersecurity activities are posted online, and there are plenty of podcasts to choose from. So, be sure to check out everything the National Cybersecurity Institute has to offer as NCSAM winds down. This week’s cybersecurity activity involves stenography.
What is stenography?
Tech Target defines stenography as cryptography taken one step further. Stenographers will disguise important data messages within another message before being sent. Only the receiver who has the correct decryption code can extract the data. Technological stenography generally uses specific algorithms to create the hidden messages. Cybersecurity professionals utilize stenography to keep important data safe when it is being transferred both internally and externally.
The Week 4 activity
For the final week, NCI wanted to really test participants. Week 4’s activity is called Stenography Challenge. Each day a new hidden message will be posted. Challengers must use a variety of techniques, like pattern recognition or examination with a hexadecimal viewer, to uncover the message. This will be the most technical of the activities, but your new knowledge regarding stenography should help you succeed. Every day the solution to the previous day’s challenge will be posted, so you can check your accuracy.
When you’ve completed the challenges, take a look at some of the podcasts and case studies NCI has posted. Some of these will be explored more in depth later in the week for those interested.
The National Cybersecurity Institute thanks you for your participation in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we look forward to another great month next year. If you are interested in learning more about NCI and the degree programs it has to offer, visit the website today.