As institutions of higher education move more of their operations online, there are more online threats than ever trying to take advantage of unsuspecting faculty and staff members, as well as students, in order to gain access to valuable personal and institutional information.
Often, the weakest link in network cybersecurity is the human using a computer for work or school.
Each employee and student plays a crucial role in cybersecurity. Although the Office of Information Technology rigorously maintains a secure operation, everyone on campus has a responsibility and a capability to implement basic best practices for securely operating technology on and off campus.
As part of Spring Hill College’s Cybersecurity Campaign, we are focusing on promoting a culture of cybersecurity at the college. The first step: educate and raise awareness for all employees and students. Here are simple actions you can take to protect information at home, on the go, at work, and at school:
Make your passwords complex. Create long, complex passwords that adhere to institutional policy and that include a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
Beware of phishing emails. Do not open emails, links, or attachments from strangers. Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware in order to collect personal and financial information.
Report all suspicious activity. If you notice something seems off or unusual with your computer, report it immediately to the Spring Hill College Office of Information Technology via the Helpdesk at 251-380-2276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cybercriminals often prey on human error – such as employees clicking on a link in a phishing email or using a weak password – to gain access to an organization’s computer networks and information. The Office of Information Technology encourages you to take advantage of our tools and tips in order to help promote a culture of cybersecurity at Spring Hill College.
In the coming weeks, we will be further expanding on the topics above, along with other important cybersecurity related issues through Spring Hill College’s Campus Update.
The Office of Information Technology and the IT Helpdesk are happy to answer any and all questions, and may be contacted via phone at 251-380-2276 or via email at email@example.com.
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