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Information Security


Tips for Information Security

With the increase of phishing attempts and fraudulent emails, ITS urges students, faculty and staff to:

  • CHANGE your passwords regularly, preferably every 90 days.
  • DO NOT open any suspicious email attachments. Fraudulent emails may be related to payroll/HR scams targeting employees (e.g. public employee benefits), bank alerts, fictitious "work-from-home" scams targeting university students, IT helpdesk and email quota/upgrade scams, etc.
  • DO NOT forward suspicious emails.
  • Contact ITS or SCS if you receive suspicious email messages or links to websites.
  • DO NOT share your username and password via email, phone or on suspicious websites.
  • DO NOT click on suspicious web links. Roll your cursor over links embedded in an email and look for inconsistencies in URL addresses.
  • Make sure you log out successfully from all public computers, including instructional podiums and computers in computer labs, in order to protect your identity and privacy. 
  • Avoid using your CCU credentials (username and password) with external accounts such as online banking or social media sites.

Fraudulent emails may be related to payroll or human resources concerns targeting employees (e.g. public employee benefits), fictitious "work-from-home" offers targeting students, IT Helpdesk and email quota warnings, etc. 
 
Please contact ITS at 843-349-5000 (faculty and staff) and 843-349-2220 (students) for assistance. Or send an email to ITS by copying the link – itsupport@coastal.edu – and pasting it in an email in the "To:" field.