Cyber Security Awareness

May 2023 Newsletter

Identify theft is the fastest growing crime in America. In addition,”human error” was recognized as a contributing factor in approximately in 95 percent of all cybersecurity incidents investigated.

Cyber threats include malware, phishing, credential replay, and email account takeover, among others. Here are some ways that you and your family can defend against these threats:

  • Malware is malicious software that can damage or disable your computer. To defend against it, never click on suspicious links, open email attachments, or download programs from people you do not know. 
  • Phishing is a way that cybercriminals pretend to be a friend or a trustworthy source to get personal information like passwords, social security numbers, and credit card information. If a link looks suspicious, hover over it before clicking on it so you can see its proper destination. Also, remember that secure websites start with https, not http.
  • Credential replay is when cybercriminals get their hands on a person's passwords and usernames (often re-used) and test them against bank and financial institutions' websites to find matches so that they can commit fraud. To prevent this from happening to you, use a unique password for each of your online accounts. Make sure it is long and strong too!
  • Finally, an email account takeover is when a cybercriminal hacks your email account and searches emails between you and your bank, so they can pretend to be you and steal your money. Never act on email-based requests for sensitive information to prevent this from happening. Instead, always use the phone to verify the person's identity by asking personal questions about your identification and account history. 

For more information or questions about cyber security, please speak with your supervisor or contact a Campus Life Safety & Regulatory Compliance team member.