Cybersecurity is everyone's risk
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and a time to remember the importance of staying safe online. While the University’ Information Security Office (ISO) has worked diligently to enhance our information security best practices and protocols, we need to remain alert to potential cybercrimes. Whether you are working in the office or remotely, it’s important to use safe computing practices.
In recognition of the Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the ISO is providing helpful tips and resources, including an educational video, phishing quiz and Zoom backgrounds to continue to educate and empower the campus community to protect their personal data.
Did you know?
- Approximately 90% of data breaches occur because of phishing, and about 65% of cyberattacks use spear phishing as their primary attack vector.
- 84% of US-based organizations say fewer employees fall for phishing due to employees completing security awareness training. [Source: Cybertalk]
Annual Training Updates
The University’s annual information security awareness training (available in EDGE Learning) was recently updated to include latest information about social engineering and spear phishing attacks seen on campus, ways to recognize and thwart these attacks, and actions to take if your personal information has been compromised. Log in to Edge Learning to ensure your information security training is current.
- Be skeptical of emails with urgent requests or threats.
- If you receive a questionable email:
- do not click links, open attachments, or respond to any requests.
- do not respond if it contains an unusual request from a supervisor, such as purchasing a gift card. Instead, contact the alleged sender via an alternate form of communication (e.g., phone call) to verify if the request is legitimate.
- Do not approve unsolicited “push” notifications to your phone or other devices. Rather, if you receive an unsolicited push notification request, change your password immediately.
- Report a suspicious email by forwarding it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check the ISO Phishing Alerts page for recently reported phishing emails.
More Information, Security Videos, Games, and Resources
- The ISO has added more training resources to EDGE Learning in the past year (see the ISO Confluence space for a list of offerings). These short trainings provide an entertaining and informative way to learn more about cybersecurity protection in today’s world.
- The ISO publishes a quarterly newsletter, the ISO Insider, that is distributed to Information Security Risk Managers (ISRMs) across campus. ISRMs are encouraged to forward the newsletter to their units.
- Check out our 2022 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Resource page, which includes an informative video on the role we all play in cybersecurity, a phishing quiz, and beautiful Zoom backgrounds.
- ISO has made the award-winning series The Inside Man available in EDGE Learning. Three seasons of this addictive series are currently available. Additionally, the ISO screens the series during hosted watch parties every other Thursday with a growing community.