The Office of Information Security (OIS) in the Office of Technology Services (OTS) provides Cybersecurity Awareness resources for Towson University.
Tax filing officially began on January 29, bringing an increase in online and phone scams that attempt to steal tax refunds, bank account information or your identity. Be sure to address all potential phishing emails or suspicious phone calls–especially tax-related ones–with caution.
OIS provides tax-time tips below, but to see more advice and access tax-related resources from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), read the T3 article.
Every October, TU's Office of Information Security in the Office of Technology Services joins the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cybersecurity Alliance to celebrate and promote National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). This month long awareness program is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that every American has the security resources they need to be safe online.
Highlights from events include:
Speaker Daniel Gray, FBI Supervisory Special Agent: The Cyber Security Insider Threat-recognizing and combating cybercrime
Presenter James Crumpler '16, NSA employee performed computer security demonstrations
TU Professor Michael O’Leary, Ph.D. & the TU Computer Science students performed a live hack
Faculty, staff and students are our first line of defense against insider and outsider threats. Collectively forming our shield protects the University from malicious or unlawful use of our resources by external sources.
Faculty, staff and student workers have access to online training from the highly regarded SANS Securing the Human training series. To activate your department's security training, contact OIS at email@example.com.
SANS Securing the Human is a division of the SANS Institute that provides a security awareness solution to manage human cyber security risk.
Information Security General Awareness Training: This course provides faculty, staff, and student workers with an introduction to the awareness program. Modules include: You are the Shield, Passwords, Encryption, Data Security and Data Destruction, Social Engineering, Email & Messaging, Working Remotely, Social Networking, Mobile Device Security and Hacked.
OIS General Awareness Training: This course is Information Security PCI Compliance Training. In the normal course of business, some University units store, transmit, or process cardholder data. This requires them to follow the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS). This module defines cardholder data and teaches the required steps for protecting and safely handling it.
Prerequisite: Information Security General Awareness Training
Security lingo can be confusing. SANS provides a list of common security terms with basic definitions.
Cyber criminals have developed sophisticated programs to guess your passwords. To protect yourself, it is important to create a strong password that cannot be easily hacked. Refer to the password guidelines when creating a Towson University NetID or other online password.