Information Security Awareness
Each October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort between communities, government and industry aimed to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and provide resources to improve safety and security online. The 2020 theme is Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart. If you connect to the internet, protect yourself and your device(s) from viruses or attacks. From the National Cybersecurity Alliance, "If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone."
- All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to follow Student Computing Services’ social media for cybersecurity awareness and tips: Facebook » and Twitter »
- Faculty and staff may contact ITS information security manager, Rick Matthews by email to arrange a Zoom or Teams session on cybersecurity topics for classes, departments, or student organization groups
- Access CCU email for weekly cybersecurity awareness tips and advice from ITS
CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS RESOURCES
- Students and alumni: Visit SCS Information Security Awareness for information, tips and more from ITS Student Computing Services.
- Students: Sign up for MFA to double your login protection. Sign up »
- Faculty and staff: visit ITS Information Security for more information, tips and resources.
- Visit STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ Campaign for resources from the Department of Homeland Security.
ITS Information Security Awareness Tips
Improve Your Password Security. Create a strong password that is unique for each device or account. To create strong passwords, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) suggests using simple, long and memorable passwords or pass phrases. (See Choosing and Protecting Passwords.)
Treat all links/URLs in emails as suspicious and verify them first. If you are using a desktop or laptop with a mouse, hover your mouse or cursor over the link. Depending on your operating system and email client, where the actual destination of link is displayed can vary. In Outlook, the true URL is displayed at the bottom left of the window. On a phone, tap and hold your finger over a link to view the full URL. Remember, secure links for CCU begin with https:// and lead to an authentic "coastal.edu" destination. For additional information security tips and how to protect yourself on the internet, see the next section that follows.
For additional resources and tools to safe and secure online, visit the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign™.
Information Security Training for Employees
Information security awareness training is mandatory for ALL University employees and is required to be completed within 30 days of your initial email notice. Completion of the training is tracked through University Training and Development. Each of the Information Security Training modules contains a video and a quiz with five questions. Learn more »