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It's Everyone's Job to Ensure Online Safety on Campus

NCSAM Week 3: October 15 - 21

The University’s online safety and security are a responsibility we all share. And, as the lines between our campus and personal lives become increasingly blurred, it is more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity habits carry over between the two. Week 3 will focus on cybersecurity workforce and student education, training, and awareness while emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience.

  • Cybersecurity at UR is Everyone’s Business:  It’s not just the job of Information Services to ensure online safety on campus. Creating a culture of cybersecurity includes ALL of the UR community knowing how to protect themselves and the University by understanding cyber risks as the campus grows and adds new technologies.
  • Check It Before You Click It:  Whether at work or in their personal lives, everyone should know not to open suspicious links in email, texts, tweets, posts, online ads, messages or attachments – even if they know the source.  Verify your know the sender, check the link to ensure it is going to the correct address, and ask if the message is expected.
  • Create a Recovery Strategy:  Put in place a system – either in the cloud or via separate hard drive storage – that makes electronic copies of vital business information on a regular basis.  On campus, backup your data in Box.  At home, make regular backups of all your important docs, files and photos to an external hard drive or personal cloud storage.  [Register for the Data Backup class being held Tuesday, October 16 in Brown Alley]. 
  • Use Unique Passwords or Passphrases:  Password reuse for multiple accounts is one of the most commons ways accounts are hijacked.  If your credentials are stolen for one account, hackers can gain access to other accounts that use the same login information when passwords are reused across multiple sites.  Access to more sensitive accounts, such as financial or UR accounts, should be secured with stronger passwords that are considerably different from ones used elsewhere.  A password/passphrase should be easy for you to remember and difficult for anyone else to guess (e.g., PurpleApplesBloom4Me! or UW1llRunA10k$00n)

Additional Resources

Consider using a password manager like LastPass® to help manage account credentials.

Password Guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for creating a strong password/passphrase: