Awareness

Computer security awareness is increasingly more important. Your awareness and and use of protection measures are important to protect your files on your computer. Security is important to campus computer support for protection of the users but also protection of the campus-wide systems. Security problems stem from many sources such as:

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October marks the sixth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.

October marks the sixth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. The theme for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2009 is “Our Shared Responsibility” to reinforce the message that all computer users, not just industry and government, have a responsibility to practice good “cyber hygiene” and to protect themselves and their families at home, at work and at school.

Americans can follow a few simple steps to keep themselves safe online. By doing so, you will not only keep your personal assets and information secure but you will also help to improve the overall security of cyberspace.

For more information please visit the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity Awareness Month website located at http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1158611596104.shtm

Viruses:

  • receiving an infected email
  • visiting a website 
  • running a personal web server
  • executing a program that is infected
  • Attacks on desktops and servers through security holes because of software vulnerabilities such as loop holes in software on the computer that gives someone access to the files,
  • Malicious attacks by individuals or computers (i.e. hacking) where they gain unauthorized access by finding a password.

How Can you Protect Yourself

  • Setting a secure password and changing regularly; don't give it out to anyone.
  • Updating your software including your virus scanner, software packages, as well as operating system (for campus supported computers your system administrators can help).
  • Be aware of information stored on your computer.  For example, when the browser (i.e. Internet Explorer) asks you if you want to be remembered and you say yes, your password is saved to your computer and can be used by anyone who has access to your computer.