Category Archives: Security Awareness

The Best Way to Authenticate with Duo

It has been several months since the University has required Duo Two-Factor Authentication to connect to secure services like my.SMU. While there are several ways to verify your identity with Duo Security, Duo has recently published an easy-to-read, one-page guide … Continue reading

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Phishing Alert: Protect Yourself!

In the past two days, two widespread phishing e-mails have been arriving in mailboxes across campus. Make sure to protect yourself and your data and NEVER open any links or attachments in these emails! Below are examples of the reported … Continue reading

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Social Networking and Your Personal Information

Most social networking sites have options for you to define your security or privacy settings.   At times, they may be changed or upgraded in a way that affects how your personal information is made available on the internet. To be … Continue reading

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Fall 2016 Security Report Now Available

Our Fall 2016 Edition of the newly revised OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss Cybersecurity Awareness Month, how ransomware is impacting industries and you, a warning from a victim of a scam, credit card … Continue reading

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Internet Applications, Internet Safety, and You

As more applications are run from the internet, rather than installed locally on a device, each of us needs to become more cognizant of browser security settings and internet safety practices.  The following are a few key tips for internet … Continue reading

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Duo Required for my.SMU Starting October 10th.

Since April, the University has required Duo two-factor authentication (2FA) for all SMU employees to access the Payroll, time reporting, HR & Benefits areas of my.SMU. Beginning October 10th, Duo will be required to access any part of my.SMU. In … Continue reading

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Do You Know How to Spot A Phish?

Phishing is a method of identity theft which requests confidential information such as usernames, account numbers, passwords, etc. by masquerading as a legitimate, trusted company.  This term typically refers to attempts through email.  However, this same type of attack can … Continue reading

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Cyber Security Awareness Month is Here

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  Technology plays such an integral role in our daily lives—everything from paying bills to controlling our TV lineup is managed online. The wealth of information stored online about each one of us … Continue reading

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Nominate An SMU Cybersecurity Superhero!

SMU is searching for Cybersecurity Superheroes and we need your help to find them!  They may look like a mild-mannered SMU employee, but in the last 12 months, they’ve donned their capes and thwarted cybervillains big and small. They’ve gone … Continue reading

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Save the Date: OIT Security Showdown

UPDATE: The schedule for the Security Showdown is now available. In conjunction with National Security Awareness Month in October, OIT will be hosting a Security Showdown on Friday, October 21st from 1–3. Join us for tips, tricks, and learn how to … Continue reading

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