OUCH! Security Newsletter

The IMT Security Office is pleased to be able to provide the SANS OUCH! Monthly Security Awareness Newsletter to all students, faculty, and staff.  The OUCH! newsletter provides a wealth of practical information on keeping yourself safe and secure online at home, at work, or anywhere.

OUCH! is published by SANS Securing The Human

2018-05 What is GDPR?

posted May 2, 2018, 9:20 AM by Holly Magnuson


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You may have heard of a new law called GDPR, or the General Data Protection Regulation. This law was developed by the European Union and takes effect 25 May 2018. It applies to any organization that handles the personal information of any resident in the European Union (EU), regardless of where in the world that organization is located. GDPR requires organizations to maintain the privacy and security of any EU resident’s personal information. To ensure compliance with GDPR, some key principles need to be understood and implemented.

2018-04 Stop that Phish

posted May 2, 2018, 9:14 AM by Holly Magnuson


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Email and messaging services (such as Skype, Twitter, or Snapchat) are one of the primary ways we communicate. We not only use these technologies every day for work, but also to stay in touch with friends and family. Since so many people around the world depend on these technologies, they have become one of the primary attack methods used by cyber attackers. This attack method is called phishing. Learn what phishing is and how you can spot and stop these attacks, regardless if you are at work or at home.

2018 Mar - Top Tips to Securely Using Social Media

posted Mar 7, 2018, 2:33 PM by Holly Magnuson

Social media sites, such as Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, are amazing resources, allowing you to meet, interact, and share with people around the world. However, with all this power comes risks--not just for you, but your family, friends, and employer. In this newsletter, we cover the key steps to making the most of social media securely and safely.

2018 Feb. - Securing Your Mobile Devices

posted Feb 19, 2018, 8:37 AM by Holly Magnuson

Your mobile devices are an amazing and easy way to communicate with friends, shop or bank online, watch movies, play games, and perform a myriad of other activities. Since your devices are such an important part of your life, here are some simple steps to keep you and your devices safe and secure.

2018 Jan - Creating a Cybersecure Home

posted Jan 10, 2018, 3:08 PM by Holly Magnuson

Several years ago, creating a cybersecure home was simple; most homes consisted of nothing more than a wireless network and several computers. Today, technology has become far more complex and is integrated into every part of our lives, from mobile devices and gaming consoles to your home thermostat and your refrigerator. The attached document gives you four simple steps for creating a cybersecure home. 

Dec. 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Lock Down Your Login

posted Jan 4, 2018, 9:34 AM by Holly Magnuson

The process of authentication, or proving who you are, is key to protecting your information, such as your email, social media, or online banking accounts. You may not realize it, but there are three different ways to prove who you are. Learn more... 

Nov. 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Shopping Online Securely

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:24 PM by Holly Magnuson

The holiday season is nearing for many of us, and soon millions of people around the world will be looking to buy the perfect gifts. Many of us will choose to shop online in search of great deals and to avoid long lines and impatient crowds. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year many cyber criminals create fake shopping websites to scam and steal from others. And this article we explain the risk of shopping online and how to get that amazing deal safely.

Oct. 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Helping Others Secure Themselves

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:21 PM by Holly Magnuson

Many of us feel comfortable with technology, to include how to use it safely and securely. However, other friends or family members may not feel so comfortable. In fact, they may be confused, intimidated, or even scared by it. This makes them very vulnerable to today's cyber attackers. Cyber security does not have to be scary semicolon it's actually quite simple once you understand the basics. This newsletter will cover 5 of the basic steps to protect yourself.

Sept. 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Password Managers

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:19 PM by Holly Magnuson

One of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself online is to use a unique, strong password for every one of your accounts and apps. Unfortunately, it is most likely impossible for you to remember all your different passwords for all your different accounts. This is why so many people reuse the same password. Unfortunately, using the same password for different accounts is dangerous, because once someone compromises your password, they can access all your accounts that use that password. A simple solution is to use a password manager, sometimes called a password vault. These are programs that securely store all your passwords, making it easy to have a different password for each account. Password managers make this simple because instead of having to remember all your passwords, you only have to remember the master password to your password manager. Learn more in this month’s newsletter.

August 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Backup & Recovery

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:14 PM by Holly Magnuson

If you use a computer or mobile device long enough, sooner or later something will go wrong, resulting in you losing your personal files, document, or photos. For example, you may accidentally delete the wrong files, have a hardware failure, lose a device, or become infected with malware, such as ransomware. At times like these, backups are often the only way you can rebuild your digital life. In this newsletter, we explain what backups are, how to backup your data, and how to develop a simple strategy that's right for you.

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