Security Awareness

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

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter all month long for tips on staying #cybersafe. 

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 include: 

  • Virtual Cybersecurity Events: webinars, followed by live Q&A sessions with TU's Security Operations Team. 2019: Tips to help protect your identity (PDF)2020: How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Online Scams (PDF).
  • 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.

Security Awareness Resources

Be aware of phishing emails and online ads while remote teaching and working. See OIS' tips for staying cybersafe.

Tips for Secure Remote Teaching and Working (PDF)

Password Security

Cybercriminals 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.


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

Visit for free security check-ups and tools to check your devices for known viruses and spyware and see if your device is vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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 an interactive virtual training.

How to request training

To request security awareness training for your department or group, contact OIS at

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