Security Awareness

The Office of Information Security (OIS) in the Office of Technology Services (OTS) provides Cybersecurity Awareness resources for Towson University.

Report a suspicious Phishing Email

From a desktop or laptop:

  • Click the “Report Phish” button, which appears above the body of the email.
  • You will get prompted with: “Are you sure you want to report this email as a phishing email?”
  • Confirm by clicking the red “Report Phish” button, which sends the potential scam to the OIS security team for review, and deletes the email from your inbox.

From a mobile device: 

  • Do not reply to the email.

  • Forward it to 

  • Delete the email from your inbox.

Information Security Awareness Training at TU

The campus is 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. Through the Office of Information Security, faculty, staff and student workers have access to online training in the SANS Securing the Human security awareness platform to help accomplish this.

Available Training

Information Security General Awareness Training: this curriculum is designed to educate how to protect yourself and the university against cyberattacks during everyday activities. Training consists of viewing short security awareness videos, completing the accompanying activities, and viewing OTS policies and web pages. 

Modules include: You are the Shield, Passwords, Encryption, Data Security, Personally Identifiable Information, Social Engineering, Email & Phishing, and Hacked. 

How to request training

To request security training for your department, contact OIS at securityawareness@towson.edu.   

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

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. 

PAST TU CYBERSECURITY EVENTS

Highlights from our events include: 

  • Presenter Debora Plunkett, former Director on the National Security Council at The White House and former Director of Information Assurance, National Security Agency and TU Board of Visitors member talked about how cybersecurity impacts everyone’s day-to-day activities.
  • Speaker Matt Olney, Manager at Cisco Talos, gave a special presentation on the how individuals and small organizations can have a global impact on security.
  • 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

  • TU's Director of Information Security, Mike Kaiser, hosted a NY Times Talk

Resources

Understanding Cybersecurity 

Security lingo can be confusing. SANS provides a list of common security terms with basic definitions. Read the SANS OUCH! Monthly Newsletter and watch a new Awareness Video every month.

Password Security

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 TU's password guidelines when creating a Towson University NetID or other online password.

Phishing

Learn how to recognize phishing, which is a cybercrime targeting your email. Forward suspicious emails received in your Towson University email inbox to

Security Checks

Do your own security check up using StaySafeOnline.org's free security check-ups and tools. Are you putting Towson University at risk? Take the quiz.