Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

Best Practices


March 29, 2021

World Backup Day

March 31st is World Backup Day! Help spread awareness of the importance of backing up important data all year long. The information below is available as an infographic that can be shared online and/or printed out and posted in common areas. Instructions for printing are on our infographics page. Share the Infographic Why are backups…


February 26, 2021

Home Network Security

How much do you know about your router and other home devices connected to the Internet? Now is a good time to learn as much as you can! It’s important to check with manufacturer recommendations for configuring and managing your devices. Here are some tips to get you started: Make sure you change the default…


January 25, 2021

Transport Layer Security (TLS)

What is TLS? Communication via the Internet is made possible by data exchanges between properly functioning servers, routers, and other devices. The exchanges between your smartphone and/or computer and those devices are susceptible to eavesdropping at any point in the process. In order to prevent someone  from listening in to your Internet activities computers, smartphones,…


September 9, 2020

Web Shells Risk Advisory

Web shells allow remote administration on web servers. They may be used for legitimate purposes, but they are often installed by cybercriminals and other adversaries to gain unauthorized access to systems and networks, including those at universities. Our new risk advisory has more information about this threat and tactics for mitigating it. Go to advisory…


April 3, 2020

Security Tips for Remote Work

Use Sophos Antivirus for Personal Devices And other considerations in the world of working remotely The news related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the stay-at-home measures that have been enacted in response to it, have spawned new opportunities for various types of scams. This is a critical time to take steps to secure your computers,…


February 20, 2020

End-of-Support Software Report

You may know that Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. But did you know that the Center for Internet Security (CIS) publishes a monthly End-of-Support list for unsupported software, as well as firmware/hardware? More information and the list is available on the CIS web site. More Articles



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