Do your part, #BeCyberSmart
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and it's a good time to consider how to safeguard the information, devices and systems we use every day. The Security team in the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at UCI has created resources to help keep you cyber safe at school and at home. Use the NCSAM 2020 web page to access security resources and tips, in addition to details about upcoming events.
Friday, October 16, 2020
Presenter: DHS Security Advisor, Joseph Oregon
As we adjust our personal, professional, and educational lives around COVID-19, we need to be mindful about the threats that still lurk online. Join us as we discuss how to do our part to stay cyber-safe.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Presenter: Supervisory Special Agent, Michael Sohn
Understand what the cyber threats are to UCI Faculty, Students, and Staff. The FBI will share their perspectives on the cyber threat landscape, and will provide tips to protect themselves from these threats.
For more cybersecurity events this months, view the calendar of events hosted by the University of California.
Keep Your Personal Devices Secure
It's more important than ever to keep your personal devices secure, especially if using them to access UCI resources. Keep your devices patched with the latest security updates, don't use end-of-life operating systems. As we are now in remote learning, let's ensure that we are safe and healthy, both physically and digitally.
Be mindful of "risky" sites, software, links, or emails
Double-check everything and only go to trusted sites and respond to trusted contacts.
Run anti-virus/anti-malware software with latest updates if possible
Enable your operating system's host-based firewall.
If using a mobile device, enable encryption with strong passwords.
Beware of Phishing
Email is one of the most common methods that hackers use to attempt to gain access to your sensitive information. It is important to be aware of what phishing looks like. Here is a list of some phishing red flags: