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Information Security Alert


May 3, 2017

A phishing attempt related to Google Docs has been reported this week. Media reports describe the phishing attempt as coming through emails that look very similar to the actual ones that appear when someone shares a document via Google Drive and may claim to have links from people you may recognize. Reportedly, the suspect emails used the "send to" address "hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh@mailinator.com."

Although Google has resolved the isssue and CCU has not had reports of this particular phishing attempt, ITS reminds everyone to be cautious about opening emails and attachments from sources or addresses you do not recognize. If you suspect there may be an issue, please contact ITS immediately at 843-349-5000 or by email 5000@coastal.edu.

Learn more about the recent phishing attempt »

Tips to keep your digital identity secure and computer healthy:

  • DO NOT open any suspicious email attachments.
  • DO NOT give your usernames and passwords viaemail, phone, or on suspicious websites (the University will never request user credentials via email or phone).
  • DO NOT click on suspicious web links. Roll your cursor over the links received via email and look for inconsistencies.
  • Confirm with ITS if you receive suspicious email messages or links to websites.
  • It is strongly advised NOT to use CCU credentials (usernames and passwords) with external accounts such as online banking or social media sites.
  • Change passwords regularly (every 90 days).
  • If you receive a suspicious email or link to an external website, please contact ITS at 843-349-5000 or send an email to 5000@coastal.edu.


Faculty/Staff email migrates to Office 365 on Jan. 31

Office 365 is a cloud-based service that provides a single platform for Coastal Carolina University email, and for students, faculty and staff to access the latest versions of Microsoft Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) for Windows and OS X, and to get cloud-based mobile apps to access and edit files online including PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Android.

The primary and initial phase of the rollout of Office 365 is the email upgrade to Exchange Online. The migration of email for faculty and staff will occur on Jan. 31, 2017. The transition of email for students and alumni will begin on May 16, 2017. Following the migration, all official university communications will be sent and received through Office 365 via the same email address (username@coastal.edu).  LEARN MORE »

Get Creative Cloud

Through a new university site license, Coastal Carolina University faculty and staff are now able to access Adobe® Acrobat® Professional and Adobe® Creative Cloud® Desktop Apps for use on University-owned and managed computers.  LEARN MORE »

Sharing and storage options expand with OwnCloud

‌ITS now offers and supports OwnCloud, a file storage and sharing system for non-sensitive files. In a manner similar to other cloud-based servers such as Dropbox, OwnCloud allows files to be shared with anyone. Files may be accessed from desktop computers or mobile devices both on and off campus.  LEARN MORE »


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