Security Awareness

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

Information Security Awareness Training at Towson

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



Security lingo can be confusing. SANS provides a list of common security terms with basic definitions.

Get the latest Cybersecurity info directly from SANS: read the 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 the password guidelines when creating a Towson University NetID or other online password.


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

To learn about how to do your own security check up, visit Stay Safe Online for free security check-ups and tools.  Are you putting Towson University at risk? Take the quiz.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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 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