Security Awareness

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Information Security Awareness November 2018: Shop Safe Online, Even on Black Friday (and Cyber Monday)!

In 2016, for the first time ever, shoppers bought more online than in stores. All Internet-connected devices are vulnerable, especially when being used for purchases. Check out the graphics below for tips about safe shopping online. It is important to be “Cybersmart” whether conducting personal business or university business!     Watch this video: Online […]

Information Security Awareness: What are the risks of the Internet of Things?

You may have heard the term “Internet of Things” or IoT used a lot recently. This term refers to non-traditional devices that are now able to connect to the Internet. These can be “things” like fitness trackers, cars, dishwashers, smart TVs, door locks or medical devices like insulin pumps. These devices are now showing up […]

Information Security Awareness: WCU’s Response to Phishing Attacks

During the Spring Semester of 2018 WCU was under a persistent attack of phishing Email. The attacks were sophisticated enough to lure hundreds of students and many faculty and staff into giving up their login credentials. WCU’s response to these attacks has been a 3-pronged approach to reduce the phishing and protect individuals and university […]

Information Security Awareness: Don’t Get Hooked

Phishing attacks pose a major risk to any organization and continue to target people at WCU. Since these threats won’t go away any time soon, it is important to provide education about the warning signs of phishing, the potential risks of falling prey to an attack, and how we can protect ourselves from getting hooked. […]

Information Security Awareness: Beef Up Your Physical Security

Remember, protecting information means much more than phishing and passwords. Here are some tips for beefing up your physical security and related policies: Be aware of unauthorized attempts to access restricted spaces through “tailgating” and social engineering. Also, be aware of people that might be trying to see sensitive information on your computer screens. Don’t […]

Information Security Awareness: What is Multi-factor Authentication?

Many individuals at WCU are already using Multifactor Authentication (MFA) as an extra step to authenticate to applications with sensitive data. We are now implementing a phased plan to require MFA for all faculty and staff and students to protect off-campus access to their WCUid. So, why is MFA important? If there is a breach […]

Information Security Awareness: Privacy Is Our Shared Responsibility

Every year, we talk about keeping your information private. What about your customers’ information? No matter how you define customers ( e.g. students, employees, donors), you and your organization collect their information, and it is up to you to respect and keep their information private. Always start with privacy. Include privacy in the planning phase […]

Information Security Awareness January 2018: Privacy Is Our Shared Responsibility

Every year, we talk about keeping your information private. What about your customers’ information? No matter how you define customers ( e.g. students, employees, donors), you and your organization collect their information, and it is up to you to respect and keep their information private. Always start with privacy. Include privacy in the planning phase […]

Information Security Awareness November 2017: Shop Safe Online, Even on Black Friday (and Cyber Monday)!

In 2016, for the first time ever, shoppers bought more online than in stores. All Internet-connected devices are vulnerable, especially when being used for purchases. Check out the graphics below for tips about safe shopping online. It is important to be “Cybersmart” whether conducting personal business or university business!     Watch this video: Online […]

Information Security Awareness October 2017: National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Did you know? According to a 2016 Raytheon survey, 86 percent of young adults think that keeping the Internet safe and secure is a responsibility we all share — up 4 points from 2015. As digital citizens, we are getting better about consistently protecting ourselves, our devices, and our family and friends. However, the Internet […]