Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

April 16, 2021

LinkedIn users targeted

Cybercriminals use LinkedIn’s public-facing service to collect information about LinkedIn members, the same information LinkedIn displays to non-members to include members’ names and job titles. Phishers are using this information to send malicious email messages to LinkedIn members under the guise of an employment opportunity. Currently, the phishers are attaching Zip files with names that…


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…


March 25, 2021

New! Security Plan resources

In the Office of the CISO, our advising team collaborates with University departments and organizations on risk management practices for critical or high-risk information security assets. To assist in this process, they have published an updated set of resources for the development and maintenance of a Security Plan. These tools are intended to help your…


IRS-themed phish

This week there are at least two phishing campaigns impersonating the IRS that are targeting the UW community. If you see an email with the subject Your Payroll Direct Deposit or Recalculation of Your Tax Refund Payment, delete it. In this case, there is no need to report these particular messages to our service center…


March 19, 2021

Separate admin and user 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…


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…


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