Category Archives: Security and Safe Computing

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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NCSAM Week 3: Protecting yourself in a world of constant connection

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In a world where we are almost always connected to the internet, it’s important to maintain a certain level of security. By accessing the digital world, individuals face a certain level of risk for cybercrime, cyberbullying, and a variety of scams. The internet is not a place of isolation; so it is important to have ...

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NCSAM Week 2: Cybersecurity in the workplace

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Happy National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Week 2! This week is all about creating a culture of cybersecurity at work. Businesses, organizations, and academic institutions face cybersecurity risks because they deal with large stores of sensitive data. This makes them prime targets of cybercriminals. Therefore, institutions in both the private and public sectors, in every industry, ...

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NCSAM Week 1: Becoming cyber-aware

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This October marks the 12th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). During the month, both private and public sectors, as well as communities, will celebrate NCSAM by sharing tips, advice, resources, and best practices for staying safe while connected. We live in a connected world and need to know how to stay safe ...

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Cyber security: our shared responsibility

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  All month consumers, businesses, colleges and universities, corporations, and the government will be working together to promote awareness and share online safety tips.  Increasing the awareness and education about cyber security helps to explain the risks when online.  The Department of Homeland Security has an ongoing campaign called ...

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