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Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business

Week 2: October 9-13, 2017

As we move further into the Information Age, we must recognize a shared responsibility to make cyberspace a more secure environment for ourselves and others. There are things you can do right now to protect fellow students and colleagues from online risks by becoming a cybersecurity advocate in your home, office, and the community.

Cybersecurity is everyone's business


Lock it when you Leave it

  • Your work may contain sensitive information and it is your responsibility to keep it safe, especially in a shared workspace. Lock your computer and mobile device screen or log off if you are stepping away.
  • Never leave sensitive information open, unattended and/or unprotected.

Avoid being cracked or jacked

  • Encrypt your portable devices.
  • Don't attach devices to unknown networks or computers.
  • Avoid using open networks.

Protect confidential information

  • Never provide student information to anyone besides that student; this includes when posting grades, returning papers or talking to parents. Student education records are covered by FERPA.
  • Encrypt confidential information before transferring it to another person or device.

Back up or copy sensitive and critical information and/or databases

  • Data is the most important aspect of your computer
  • It is difficult and sometimes nearly impossible to recreate your original data
  • Important to always back up data and have a plan for recovering from a system failure
  • Encrypt backups that contain sensitive data
  • Keep extra backups off site in a secure location

Practice good password management

  • Use a strong mix of characters
  • A strong password is at least 12 characters long
  • Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts or sites
  • Don’t share your password with others or write it down
  • Do not save passwords so that it is easier for you to auto-login

When in doubt throw it out

  • Don’t open suspicious links in emails, posts, ads, messages or attachments, even if you know the source

The most dangerous words are click here

  • Always be careful when clicking on attachments or links in an email, etc
  • If it looks suspicious don’t click on it
  • Link to phishing quiz:

Security Awareness

Please visit the CIS Information Security Awareness page for more material. Here you will a CUNY 30-minute interactive video (Adobe Flash required), and other orientation material.

The Hunter website also has a page linking to CUNY CIS Information Security policies and procedures

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