Cyber Security

Cyber criminals come out with new attacks all the time and the best defense against them is education and vigilance. Please pay close attention when you see emails that refer to account upgrades, webmail, help desk mandates, or the like. These are SPAM and a form of email phishing that targets specific user communities. Spammers use public information to lure unsuspecting recipients to sites requesting NetIDs and passwords, or to sites that install malware on computers that may in turn steal local information from the computer.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Throughout the month of October, DoIT will be providing resources to help educate the campus community on matters relating to cyber security. Expect emails, videos and events regarding passphrases, email phishing, using the loud securely and other general computer security tips.

What is a Passphrase?

Importance of Creating an Effective Passphrase

An important step to protecting yourself online is to learn how to create a strong password. If someone steals your password, they may be able to access your bank accounts, social media sites, personal information and they may even be able to steal your identity. 

Instead of using long, complex passwords that can be difficult to remember, we recommend that you use a passphrase. 
A passphrase is a simple phrase or sentence that is easy for you to remember, but difficult for others to guess. 

An example of a passphrase might be: “What is a Seawolf?” 

The strongest passphrases use capital letters, symbols, and the maximum number of characters allowed by the website or program.

Upcoming Cyber Security Events

Free Ice-Cream!

Wednesday, October 7th 12:00PM

In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, change your NetID password and receive a FREE ICE-CREAM! On October 7th, from 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, stop by our table at the 2nd Annual FSA Bookstore's Fall Community Festival. We will be outside of the bookstore, facing the Student Union.

Free Hot-Cocoa!

Thursday, October 29th 10:00AM

Receive a FREE HOT-COCOA On October 29th,  when you change your NetID password. Starting at 10:00 AM, stop by the DoIT table at the Commuter Student Appreciation Day at Wolfie's Hut in the South P commuter parking lot. 

Information Security Awareness and Training


Learn how to create an effective password/passphrase to help keep your accounts secure. 

Passwords »

Computer Security

Find out more about Passwords, Antivirus, Firewalls and Updates that will help keep your computer and devices secure. 

Computer Security »

Smart Online Behavior

Learn how to detect email phishing attacks and learn tips about safely browsing the internet. 

Smart Online Behavior »

Mobile Devices

Learn more about keeping your apps secure as well as tips on recovering your devide if it is lost or stolen. 

Mobile Devices »

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Information Security Team