October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Let’s not allow this important month to pass us by without remembering some quick tips to stay secure at the Graduate Center and in our personal lives:
 

  • No email left behind! – Clicking on fraudulent links in emails is one of the primary causes of Cybersecurity breaches. Many of us receive numerous emails throughout the day, however it is important to scrutinize each one before taking an action.
 
  • Passwords – “let’s be different” – using the same password for multiple sites, such as banking, email, healthcare, etc. may appear to be a good idea, however, should an attacker learn about a password for one of your sites, they could easily try to apply the same password to all common banking, email, healthcare, etc. sites.  
 
  • CTRL, ALT, DELETE before you leave your seat! – Locking your workstation using “CRTL, ALT, DELETE” when walking away from your laptop or workstation ensures that an unauthorized individual cannot see the apps that you may have open on your screen, such as email, Teams or other sensitive files. This is an easy method for securing your workstation or laptop.
 
  • USB storage, sure it’s easier, but definitely not secure – Using USB storage devices is a simple way to transfer data, but these devices can be easily lost and may contain data that could be valuable to the bad guys. Therefore, when USB storage is being used make sure to encrypt it when inserted into CUNY Graduate Center workstation or laptop.  When transferring information, use Microsoft One Drive for CUNY Graduate Center data and for personal use, seek out similar secure sharing methods.
 
  • More than just a password……. – Multi-factor Authentication may seem like an inconvenience, however, since the password is always changing, it is not possible for the bad guys to use your password if it is disclosed. When using web based services, such as personal email or banking, consider enabling Multi-Factor Authentication for more security!  More on MFA can be found here: https://www.nist.gov/itl/tig/back-basics-multi-factor-authentication
 
Remember that CUNY also provides an online security awareness course (please provide the registration information requested) that is catered to CUNY students, faculty and staff. We also provide a growing security resources list on the CUNY Information Security pages. You may also want to subscribe to OUCH! — the world’s leading, free security awareness newsletter designed for technology users.
 
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Submitted on: OCT 28, 2019

Category: IT - Alerts