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Back-to-school cybersecurity habits to practice

Student News | Tuesday, September 3, 2019

As we start this new semester, the Information Security Office wants to help you make your Columbus State experience a safe one. To accomplish this, we will be regularly providing cybersecurity best practices and alerts during the academic year. 

We are also updating the IT Security website with additional cybersecurity messaging. The Information Security Office, in collaboration with the Cybersecurity Center and Digital Education and Instructional Services team, developed "Building a Secure Future," a series of six cybersecurity awareness modules for the Columbus State community. Each of these modules will introduce you to fundamental cybersecurity concepts and help you protect your digital identity. Check out the videos here.

As we being the new semester, here are 10 cybersecurity habits to practice:

·         Don’t be a victim of phishing.  Think twice before clicking on links

·         Use caution when emails are flagged as EXTERNAL

·         Use antivirus software

·         Verify requests for private or direct deposit information

·         Protect your passwords

·         Keep your devices and apps up-to-date

·         Lock your screens when not in use

·         Protect your technology.  Lock it up and use strong passwords

·         Delete or shred sensitive information when it’s no longer needed

·         If it looks suspicious, report it!

If you receive a suspicious email, report it right away. Email or call the IT Support Center at 614-287-5050

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