Category Archives: Security and Safe Computing

Constantly connected: From cars to refrigerators

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  Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) wants us to think about our continuously connected lives and the role cyber security plays in making sure these connections are secure.  Consider the number of devices that can connect to the Internet through Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks.  Gadgets like smartphones, smart TVs and even ...

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Cybercrime prevention tips

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Welcome to week 3 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)!  This week seeks to highlight how to recognize and combat cybercrime.  Online crime has become a growing issue in our always-connected world, but there are steps we can take to help prevent ourselves from becoming victims of cybercrime. 1. Review account statements regularly Reviewing bank, credit, ...

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Cyber security in the workplace

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Welcome to week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and its focus on creating a cyber security culture in the workplace. Both private and public sector organizations should realize their employees need to be constantly thinking about cyber security as they log into online systems, perform simple tasks like checking emails, and as they ...

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3 basic online safety tips

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Week 1 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) focuses on the basic steps to online safety and security.  All digital citizens should be aware and understand good cybersecurity practices to protect against identity theft and scams.  Here are three simple tips. 1. Close pop-up windows safely Pop-up windows can suddenly appear as you are surfing the ...

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The rise of ransomware

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The beginning of March saw the first case of ransomware successfully attacking Apple computers. According to a CNN Money report, Palo Alto Networks spotted ransomware KeRanger on OS X on March 4 and promptly notified Apple. Even though Apple rectified the situation to prevent further infections of KeRanger, it’s important to understand ransomware and what ...

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Online privacy tips

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January 28th is Data Privacy Day (DPD).  Coordinated by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), it is a day set aside to promote the importance of online privacy and protecting personal information.  The theme for DPD is "Respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust."  Celebrate DPD by reading the tips below for protecting online privacy. Only reveal ...

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Shopping safely online during the holidays

With the holidays right around the corner, many will begin shopping for gifts online to avoid the crowds in stores. Last year, over $2 billion in sales occurred online on Cyber Monday (the online equivalent of Black Friday), with total orders up 15% from 2013. However, an increase in online shopping also means an increase ...

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NCSAM Week 5: Building the next generation of cyber professionals

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One thing can be said about the quickening pace of technology innovation in the information age: the revolution is coming to us. How we prepare our next generation of cyber professionals is key to our ability to adapt and thrive in such a dynamic environment.

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Look out for new phishing emails targeting faculty

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There has been a rise in phishing emails targeted to universities. Please be aware of the latest scam where the link in the email seems to take you the Outlook Web Access (OWA) login page seeking to collect your username and password. Read all of your emails carefully before clicking on any links or opening attachments. Sample email Here ...

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NCSAM Week 4: Your Evolving Digital Life

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month is back for its fourth week, with a focus on our evolving digital lives. This week is all about encouraging people to exercise cybersecure practices as more and more devices become connected to the internet. All around the country, NCSAM participants will discuss the current state of technology, projections of ...

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