OIS News and Alerts

November 9, 2023

Tips for holiday travel

Whether you’re traveling to places near or far this holiday season, it’s a good idea to take steps to secure your data and devices. For instance: Encrypt laptops and other mobile devices to keep data secure if the device is lost or stolen. Keep all software, including¬†antivirus, up to date on all devices. Use a…

November 6, 2023

Holiday scams


As the winter holiday season approaches, take time to review alerts about about seasonal scams. Scams may arrive as email, text, phone, and social media messages. They are continually adapted to target university communities through phishing, gift card scams, phony holiday invitations and messages, fraudulent offers for seasonal employment, and in many other forms. Your…

November 2, 2023

Lost and stolen laptops

Whether you’re traveling or staying close to home in the coming holiday season, remember to secure your laptops and other mobile devices from theft. 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…

November 1, 2023

Message to the UW community

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month events, including Data Destruction Day (video below). Here are some ideas to help you stay Cyber Smart all year long: Get tips, tools, and resources from the annual message to the UW community. Check out our Outreach page to learn more about workshops,…

October 31, 2023

Recognize and report phishing

It’s the final day of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and our final national theme is (drum roll, please): Recognize and report phishing (and scams) Phishing is a form of email fraud in which cyber criminals and other adversaries attempt to entice you to click on links or download attachments so that they can steal valuable…

October 19, 2023

Software updates

The theme of the week for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is software updates. Updating software is an important part of keeping data and devices secure, but there are risks associated with updates. For UW-owned devices or personally owned devices used to access UW systems and data, identify who is responsible for updating and patching the…