Awareness & Education
Computer security is the protection of computing systems and the data that they store or access. Everyone who uses a computer needs to understand how to keep their computer, data, and other electronic devices secure. Good security standards and guidelines follow the "80 / 20" Rule: 20% of security safeguards are technical, while 80% of security safeguards rely on the computer user ("YOU") to adhere to good computing practices. The resources and links on this page are designed to provide practical, mostly non-technical information about IT security.
Spam & Phishing
Spam is the bane of email inboxes everywhere and the biggest nuisance on the Internet today. It is a challenge that is not likely to go away anytime soon. Senderbase.org reports that billions of spam messages circulate the Internet on any given day, comprising 85.46% of global email volume. With a problem this big, how can we defend ourselves?
Do you know how to spot a malicious web link? How about a malicious phishing email message? The ITSO provides two interactive phishing awareness games to assist faculty and staff interested in becoming more aware of phishing threats. NOTE: The link below is only accessible from on campus and may require a PacificNet ID and password to access if Safari, Firefox, or Chrome browsers are used.
Or you can test your phish-spotting skills from anywhere with the online phishing quiz created by OpenDNS, an Internet security & DNS services company.
Identity Theft & Protection
Identity theft is a crime that occurs when someone uses personally identifiable information, such as an individuals name, Social Security number, or credit card number without permission for personal gain. Please see the Identity Protection web page for more detailed information on how to protect yourself.
Six Simple PC Protection & Security Steps
Ever wonder what you can to do protect yourself and your computer? The ITSO has drafted a series of six simple steps to better protect you and your data.