Elon IT Decoded: Meet Gary Sheehan

Posted on: October 28, 2019 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Elon IT Decoded, Info Security, News
A graphic featuring Director of Information Security Gary Sheehan

Director of Information Security Gary Sheehan, who came to Elon in January, who came to Elon in January with more than 35 years of experience in the field of information security, oversees efforts to protect Elon’s data and users against cyber threats. Learn more about his role on campus, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and what Elon is doing to help keep you safe.

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Protect it: Free public wifi isn’t safe wifi

Posted on: October 24, 2019 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Data & Identity, Info Security, NCSAM, Online Safety Tips
Portion of graphic that describes the dangers of public wifi and is detailed in full in the post

In the age of constant internet connectivity, access is always a hot commodity. Many businesses and localities now offer free public wifi for customers for convenience and to encourage visitation. But just because it’s free, doesn’t mean it’s safe. 

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Secure it: Avoid scammers who try to trick you into giving up personal information

Posted on: October 17, 2019 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Data & Identity, Info Security, NCSAM, Online Safety Tips
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For National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and day-to-day online safety, take some time to learn about just how far scammers are willing to go to obtain your personal identifiable information and other sensitive data through text messages and email. Here are some tips to help you stay safe online.

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Own it: You can help keep the internet safer, more secure

Posted on: October 1, 2019 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Data & Identity, Devices, Info Security, NCSAM, Online Safety Tips
Image promoting National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

As we observe National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, consider what you’re doing to keep the internet safer and more secure. Follow these tips to stay safe online. 

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Phishing email scams target Microsoft Office 365, OneNote users

Posted on: July 19, 2019 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Data & Identity, Info Security
Graphic featuring laptop with an information security icon

BleepingComputer recently highlighted two phishing email scams targeting Microsoft users. These emails lure users in by appearing to be legit and alerting them to urgent security concerns. Ultimately, scammers are trying to get users to provide login credentials. Learn more about these scams below, and how to protect yourself and Elon from the danger they pose.

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Recognizing Data Privacy Day

Posted on: January 28, 2019 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Data & Identity, Info Security
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How many times have you started an online account and took the time to read through the privacy settings? If not, do you really know how your personal information is used, collected or shared through your favorite apps and online platforms? Data Privacy Day aims to change how all users think about privacy and protection.

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SharePoint, OneDrive: Best practices for online storage, file sharing

Posted on: January 25, 2019 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Data & Identity, Info Security
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When it comes to file storage and file sharing, cloud-based platforms provide users with convenient access, mobility and enhanced security, among other advantages. At Elon, faculty and staff can take advantage of SharePoint and OneDrive to store files and collaborate online – both free of charge.

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Holiday online shopping tips

Posted on: November 28, 2018 | By: Christina Bonds | Filed under: Info Security, Online Safety Tips
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The holiday shopping season has officially arrived, and you have made the decision to do some or all your shopping online this year. Maybe the free shipping offers attracted you or maybe the items you are looking for are not available in brick-and-mortar stores. We all know online threats exist but here are some tips to help minimize your risk of becoming a victim of an online scam.

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What makes us vulnerable to data breaches? Cathy Hubbs tells all

Posted on: October 30, 2018 | By: Elizabeth Kirkhorn | Filed under: Data & Identity, Info Security

Cathy Hubbs, the Chief Information Security Officer at American University, holds an intricate job which entails identifying digital risks, as well as maintaining the University’s information security program. This is imperative to protect technologies and services faculty, staff, and students use on American’s campus every day.

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LastPass Password Manager: A Crash Course

Posted on: May 7, 2018 | By: Elizabeth Kirkhorn | Filed under: Info Security, Passwords

LastPass, an easily downloadable internet extension for all browsers, is ideal for securely storing your passwords. Whether you’re someone who’s always forgetting a password, prefers to have a different password for every account, or anywhere in between, LastPass will become an essential tool for keeping your information safe and accessible.

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