Security Awareness

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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 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 […]

Information Security Awareness: Are You Practicing Safe Social Networking?

  Who Else Is Online? When you use social media, do you think about who might be using it besides your friends and connections? Following are some of the other users you may encounter. Identity thieves. Cybercriminals need only a few pieces of information to gain access to your financial resources. Phone numbers, addresses, names, […]

Information Security Awareness: Security Tips for Traveling at Home and Abroad

  Summer will be here soon! We all like to travel with our mobile devices (smartphones, laptops, or tablets) — whether it’s to the coffee shop around the corner or to a café in Paris. These devices make it easy for us to stay connected while on the go, but they can also store a […]

Information Security Awareness: Learn What It Takes to Refuse the Phishing Bait!

According to IBM’s 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, human error is a factor in 95% of security incidents. Following are a few ways to identify various types of social engineering attacks. What do they want? They want to lure you into exposing sensitive information like your username and password, bank account or credit card numbers, […]

Information Security Awareness: Keep What’s Private, Private

  You exist in digital form all over the Internet. It is thus important to ensure that the digital you matches what you are intending to share. It is also critical to guard your privacy — not only to avoid embarrassment, but also to protect your identity and finances! Watch this video: Top Online Privacy […]

Information Security Awareness: Ransomware

  What Is it? Malicious software (Malware) delivered to your computer which prevents you from accessing your files most often by encrypting them. To get access to your files again you are instructed to pay a ransom to get the key to unencrypt them (see below):   How can I get this on my computer? […]

Information Security Awareness: Encrypt Your Critical Data

Data Handling Procedures RED and ORANGE data should not be stored in some places like on personally owned devices and flash drives and… must be encrypted in other places, like on WCU-owned PCs, OneDrive and Mercury and… RED data should not be transmitted via Email, but ORANGE data can be sent in an encrypted Email.  […]