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Information Security Awareness

Technology alone can't always protect our computers and information. Awareness of information security issues and best practices is an important tool to help you protect yourself, your family, and the UC community.


Picture of computer and credit cardCybersecurity for the Holiday Online Shopping Season

November 2017


Article: Tips to Protect Your Information during the Holiday Online Shopping Season
Online shopping continues to grow in popularity. In 2016, for the first time ever, shoppers bought more online than in stores. And last year’s Cyber Monday was the biggest online shopping day in the history of the US. When you shop in person, it's habit to bring reusable bags, lock the car, and put away your cash or credit card when you’re done with your purchase. Similar habits can protect you, your purchases, and your identity when you're shopping online during the holiday season and year-round. [More... See the full article]

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Twitter-ready social media posts from Educause (scroll down to "Social Posts"): Shop Safe Online, Even on Black Friday! | Online Safety and Security

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Toolkit

September 2017

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! The goal of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – celebrated every October – is to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

2017 NCSAM Toolkit for the UC Community

A systemwide workgroup representing 12 UC locations put together a toolkit of resources for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. All of the resources in this toolkit are available to the entire University of California community.

[Go to the NCSAM Toolkit]

Three tips to protect yourself from the unexpected, in recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 2017

You’ve read the headlines. Organizations big and small, including even large retailers and mega companies, are not immune to data breaches and hackers’ increasingly sophisticated schemes.

....To keep your information and the university’s safe, incorporate good cybersecurity habits into your daily routine.

Sometimes, though, you can do everything right and still fall victim. For example, numerous data breaches at well-known companies have affected millions due to no fault of the people impacted. In addition, natural disasters are often followed by a wave of scams, such as phony donation websites.

Practice these three tips to protect yourself from the unexpected...

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July 2017

There has been a lot in the news about ransomware lately. Recent ransomware attacks have caused high-profile business shut downs, including the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s ticketing system, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and the University of Calgary, just to name a few.

Ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting users of all types—from the home user to the corporate network. This article provides some background on what Ransomware is and how to protect yourself.

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Cybersecurity: Make It a Habit!

April 2017

Good habits are the foundation of cybersecurity just like they are for safety and security in the physical world -- like locking your front door or wearing your seat belt in the car.

Here are eight important cybersecurity habits to incorporate into your online life. Try to make these habits automatic. They will help protect your information, your family and your work. They'll also reduce your risk of getting scammed!

  1. Always think twice before clicking on links or opening attachments.
  2. Verify requests for private information (yours or anyone’s), even if the request seems to come from someone you know.
  3. Protect your passwords.
  4. Protect your stuff! Lock it up or take it with you before you leave.
  5. Keep a clean machine! Keep your devices, apps, browsers, and anti-virus/anti-malware software patched and up to date.
  6. Back up critical files.
  7. Delete sensitive information when you are done with it.
  8. If it’s suspicious, report it!

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Back-to-School Cybersecurity

August 2017

Millions of students across the United States will be starting classes over the next couple of months, including here at UC. The new school year is an exciting time for students -- for faculty and staff as well.

It’s also an exciting time for hackers, identity thieves, and other unscrupulous people who take advantage of people during this busy time of year.

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SANS OUCH Monthly Security Awareness Newsletters

"Each issue focuses on and explains a specific topic and actionable steps people can take to protect themselves, their family and their organization."

SANS Security Awareness Tip of the Day

Each day SANS posts a new tip that focuses on and explains a specific topic and actionable steps people can take to protect themselves, their family and their organization. In addition, each tip is linked to an OUCH! newsletter so you can learn more about the topic, in over 20 languages.

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