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IT Security Awareness

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Welcome to the new IT Security Awareness Site.  Each month we focus on a new IT Security topic. If you take the quiz at the end of each article, you win a prize! 

October: Dispose of data properly!

Secure disposal is the process of rendering data unreadable by any means whether it's paper or electronic. At the end of the useful life of any type of storage media from paper to computers, it is all of our responsibility to dispose of it properly.

Link to full article and quiz 

This month's prize is coin tissues to remind you to dispose of data properly!

Coin tissues

 

September: Be alert for cybersecurity scams as the school year begins!

The new school year is an exciting time for hackers, identity thieves, and other unscrupulous types who take advantage of people during this busy time of year. Watch out for typical beginning-of-the-year scams, and follow good habits to help you stay safe.

Link to full article and quiz

This month's prize is an insulated lunch-bag to remind you to not let the bad-guys eat your lunch.

lunch gab with UCSF logo and slogan

August: Don't let a phishing scam reel you In!

Cybercriminals use phishing—a type of social engineering—to manipulate people into doing what they want. Technology makes phishing easy. Setting up and operating a phishing attack is fast, inexpensive, and low risk: any cybercriminal with an e-mail address can launch one. Students, staff, and faculty have all suffered losses from phishing. Knowing what you're up against can help you be more secure. Here are a few things you can do to guard against phishing attacks...

Link to full article and quiz

This month's prize is Swedish Fish to remind you to not let a phishing scheme reel you in!

Swedish Fish Candy

July: Reduce the risk of malware!

Malware presents a direct threat to devices and data and can be used to delete, damage, or steal data. It can also create backdoors into our secure environments, potentially leading to security breaches and large punitive fines, all of which can impact patient care and make critical UCSF systems unavailable. This month's article explains how people get infected and what they can do to reduce the risk and impacts.

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This months prize for passing the quiz is hand sanitizer to remind everyone to keep a clean machine.

June: Follow UCSF Policies to comply with critical state, federal, and international regulations

In recent years, due to the enormous growth in the use of technology and risks to its associated data, regulations that protect the security and privacy of data are on the rise. UCSF is subject to many of these regulations. UC has developed IT security policies that address the requirements of these regulations.

Link to full article and quiz

This months prize for passing the quiz is a pot holder to remind you that IT security policies help you plan your recipe for great cybersecurity.

Picture of a pot holder

 

May: Travel securely and safely

For many of us, having a cell phone or other electronic device is an integral part of daily life, whether at home or on the road. In addition, traveling today is so much easier with technology; you can stay productive, entertained, and in touch. Unfortunately, traveling with devices can mean increased cyber risks for keeping your personal and UCSF information private, as well as increased potential for device theft.

Link to full article and quiz

This month's prize is charging cables to remind everyone to properly prepare your devices to em-POWER safe travel.

For the original article, tip sheets, posters and other resources to help you to travel safely, please visit the Toolkit created by the Systemwide Cybersecurity Awareness Team.

picture of charging cables

April: Safe and secure social networking

Social networking is fun. You can stay connected to friends and keep in touch with people you rarely see in person. However, there are precautions that you need to follow in order to keep you and UCSF safe and secure, especially when you work in a healthcare environment where protecting patient privacy is paramount.

Link to full article and quiz

This month's prize is a can/bottle opener to remind you to never "open a can of worms".

March: Stay Secure: The UCSF IT Security Suite

UCSF provides security software to help keep data, networks, and computer systems safe and secure. Learn how to Keep your data safe and Secure.

Link to the full article and quiz

This months prize is a safety flashlight, whistle and compass Keychain to remind you to keep your data safe and secure!!

 

February: Protect yourself from tax fraud 

Tax season is upon us and fraudsters are already sending deceitful e-mail messages that look like legitimate tax communications. Don’t become another victim!

Link to full article and quiz 

The link to the quiz is at the end of the full article. This month's prize is a stress ball because UCSF IT Security can't stress enough: don't fall for tax related phishing scams!

 

January: Tips to lockdown your login

Passwords are the key to almost everything you do online, and you probably have multiple passwords that you use throughout the day. Choosing hard-to-hack passwords and managing them securely can sometimes seem inconvenient. Fortunately, there are simple ways to make your passwords as secure as possible.

Link to full article and quiz

The link to the quiz is at the end of the full article. This month's prize is a cool Post-it note pad with a reminder to not write your password on it.

For the original article, tip sheets, posters and other resources to help lockdown your login, please visit the Toolkit created by the Systemwide Cybersecurity Awareness Team.

 

 

 

December: Tips to protect your information during the holiday online shopping season

Online shopping continues to grow in popularity. Last year’s Cyber Monday was the biggest online shopping day in the history of the US, including record breaking mobile sales. When you shop in person, it's habit to bring reusable bags, lock the car, and put away your cash or credit card when you’re done with your purchase. Similar habits can protect you, your purchases, and your identity when you're shopping online during the holiday season and year-round. [More... See the full article]

Link to the quiz is in the full article.  This month's prize is the coveted UCSF IT Security Awareness woven tote bag.

For the original article, tip sheets, posters and other resources to help lockdown your login, please visit the Toolkit created by the Systemwide Cybersecurity Awareness Team.