Office of Information Technology
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.
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Do Your Part to Stay Cyber-Safe

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.
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Understanding the Cyber Threatscape

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.
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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.
  • Don't store passwords unencrypted on your device (use a secure vault like LastPass instead http://oit.uci.edu/help/lastpass).
  • 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:
  • Blank or generic greeting
  • Sense of urgency
  • Non-routine business requests
  • Suspicious email addresses
  • Misspelling, typos, unfamiliar languages 
To learn more about phishing and things you can do to help protect yourself visit the OIT Security Phishing Awareness web page.