Information Security Awareness

Information security awareness is educating and training the campus community about the inherent risks of the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of systems & data, and how we can protect these systems & data.

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This cybersecurity video explains to employees and students how you can help protect College data and systems from cyber-criminals, and how to keep your own online identity secure.

Below are a few tips for keeping your password secure.

DO:

  • Make your passwords a combination of letters and numbers at a minimum. Capital letters and symbols help increase the complexity.
  • Make your password at least 12 characters. See Password Depot and How Secure is my password?.
  • Use a phrase from a book or a novel for a password that you can easily remember.
  • Use a Password Manager, especially if you save your passwords in your browser. Firefox and Safari Key Chain use a master password to gain access to the passwords as they are not fully protected.
  • Use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) if possible, especially for banking sites or sites that hold a lot of personal and important information.

DO NOT:

  • Do not make your password based off your personal life such as names of family members, phone numbers, street address, etc.
  • Do not make your username your password.
  • Do not use easily guessed passwords like 'password'. You can check to see how many times a password was used in data breaches.
  • Do not use words out of a dictionary as passwords. If you choose to use them, add numbers and symbols. Common password hacking tools often contain a dictionary list.
  • Do not use passwords that use common keyboard combinations like 'qwerty'.
  • Do not use your email address password for a website that you provided that email address to, or someone just might start reading your mail.
  • Do not reuse a password from site A on site B. IF site A had a data breach then a hacker might try credential stuffing on site B to see if they can gain access. Check how many times an email address has been used in data breach.

Ref: https://krebsonsecurity.com/password-dos-and-donts

Phishing is the practice of using fraudulent e-mails and copies of legitimate websites to extract financial data from computer users for purposes of identity theft. Dictionary.com (2019, January 28). phishing, Retrieved from https://www.dictionary.com/browse/phishing. Below are a few links for more information regarding phishing.

This cybersecurity video explains to employees and students how you can help protect College data and systems from cyber-criminals, and how to keep your own online identity secure.

Below are a few tips for keeping your password secure.

DO:

  • Make your passwords a combination of letters and numbers at a minimum. Capital letters and symbols help increase the complexity.
  • Make your password at least 12 characters. See Password Depot and How Secure is my password?.
  • Use a phrase from a book or a novel for a password that you can easily remember.
  • Use a Password Manager. (If you save your passwords in your browser esp. Firefox and safari Key Chain use a master password to gain access to the passwords as they are not fully protected)
  • Use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) if possible, esp. for banking sites or sites that hold a lot of personal and important information.

DO NOT:

  • Do not make your password based off your personal life such as names of family members, phone numbers, street address, etc.
  • Do not make your username your password
  • Do not use easy guessed passwords like 'password'. You can check to see how many times a password was used in data breaches.
  • Do not use words out of a dictionary as passwords. If you choose to add numbers and symbols to them. Common password hacking tools often contain a dictionary list.
  • Do not use passwords that use common keyboard combinations like 'qwerty'.
  • Do not use your email address password for a website that you provided that email address to, or someone just might start reading your mail.
  • Do not reuse a password from site A on site B. IF site A had a data breach then a hacker might try credential stuffing on site B to see if they can gain access. Check how many times an email address has been used in data breach.

Ref: https://krebsonsecurity.com/password-dos-and-donts

This cybersecurity video explains to employees and students how you can help protect College data and systems from cyber-criminals, and how to keep your own online identity secure.

Personal data, also known as personally identifying information, or sensitive personal information, is any information relating to an identifiable person. wikipedia.org

Below are a few tips for keeping your password secure.

DO:

  • Make your passwords a combination of letters and numbers at a minimum. Capital letters and symbols help increase the complexity.
  • Make your password at least 12 characters. See Password Depot and How Secure is my password?.
  • Use a phrase from a book or a novel for a password that you can easily remember.
  • Use a Password Manager. (If you save your passwords in your browser esp. Firefox and safari Key Chain use a master password to gain access to the passwords as they are not fully protected)
  • Use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) if possible, esp. for banking sites or sites that hold a lot of personal and important information.

DO NOT:

  • Do not make your password based off your personal life such as names of family members, phone numbers, street address, etc.
  • Do not make your username your password
  • Do not use easy guessed passwords like 'password'. You can check to see how many times a password was used in data breaches.
  • Do not use words out of a dictionary as passwords. If you choose to add numbers and symbols to them. Common password hacking tools often contain a dictionary list.
  • Do not use passwords that use common keyboard combinations like 'qwerty'.
  • Do not use your email address password for a website that you provided that email address to, or someone just might start reading your mail.
  • Do not reuse a password from site A on site B. IF site A had a data breach then a hacker might try credential stuffing on site B to see if they can gain access. Check how many times an email address has been used in data breach.

Ref: https://krebsonsecurity.com/password-dos-and-donts

This cybersecurity video explains to employees and students how you can help protect College data and systems from cyber-criminals, and how to keep your own online identity secure.

Below are a few tips for keeping your password secure.

DO:

  • Make your passwords a combination of letters and numbers at a minimum. Capital letters and symbols help increase the complexity.
  • Make your password at least 12 characters. See Password Depot and How Secure is my password?.
  • Use a phrase from a book or a novel for a password that you can easily remember.
  • Use a Password Manager. (If you save your passwords in your browser esp. Firefox and safari Key Chain use a master password to gain access to the passwords as they are not fully protected)
  • Use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) if possible, esp. for banking sites or sites that hold a lot of personal and important information.

DO NOT:

  • Do not make your password based off your personal life such as names of family members, phone numbers, street address, etc.
  • Do not make your username your password
  • Do not use easy guessed passwords like 'password'. You can check to see how many times a password was used in data breaches.
  • Do not use words out of a dictionary as passwords. If you choose to add numbers and symbols to them. Common password hacking tools often contain a dictionary list.
  • Do not use passwords that use common keyboard combinations like 'qwerty'.
  • Do not use your email address password for a website that you provided that email address to, or someone just might start reading your mail.
  • Do not reuse a password from site A on site B. IF site A had a data breach then a hacker might try credential stuffing on site B to see if they can gain access. Check how many times an email address has been used in data breach.

Ref: https://krebsonsecurity.com/password-dos-and-donts

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. www2.ed.gov

HIPAA is regulation designed to protect personal information and data collected and stored in medical records. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act established a national standard to be used in all doctors' offices, hospitals and other businesses where personal medical information is stored. www.businessdictionary.org