July 7, 2023

Be Cyber Smart: a summer series

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Every October, the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) teams up with the Cybersecurity Infrastructure & Security Agency (CISA) to promote National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). This year, all the summer sun and iced coffees have inspired us to start preparing for NCSAM in July because it’s never too early to be Cyber Smart. Throughout the next…

May 26, 2023

Secure your laptops & other devices

If you’re traveling this summer, here’s a tip to keep in mind: Lost and stolen laptops are a common cause of unauthorized disclosure and loss of data at universities. If your laptop is lost or stolen, resulting in a breach of personal information, Washington state law (RCW 42.56.590) requires notification within 30 days to anyone…

February 17, 2023

Separate user and admin accounts

Are you using an account with administrative (admin) privileges to perform day-today work tasks? Many people do, but it is not a recommended practice. Here’s why: Adversaries can gain access to your computer through successful phishing attacks or if you unintentionally download malware from an infected website. If this happens while you are using an…

December 28, 2022

Ready for 2023?

Review these tips and stay Cyber Smart all year long! We want to help you stay Cyber Smart in 2023 with tips for securing connections, devices, and login credentials, as well as ways to spot phishing and scams. Each week in January, we’ll post a new resolution, so stay tuned. Resolution #1: Secure your connections…

April 15, 2022

2FA for students

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As World Password Day draws closer we want to remind of you of the importance of supplementing strong passwords with an extra layer of security: Multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA is a type of authentication that requires two or more pieces of evidence, or “factors,” to prove your identity when you log in. According to Microsoft,…

September 24, 2021

Returning to the UW Campuses

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Background   After 18 months of remote academics and work, UW returns to campus operations in a hybrid environment. Members of the UW community have spent a year telecommuting to their respective areas on the UW network. The University will now resume operations with a hybrid model in which staff  members have access at home and…