Fall 2018 Security Report Now Available

OIT Quarterly Security Update (Fall 2018)

Our Fall 2018 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss how you can safeguard your personal information when using wearables, such as a Fitbit or Apple Watch, so you can track your fitness and keep your privacy. Our CSO discusses when an organization values empowerment, allowing employees to take responsibility for their own result, the organization has a greater chance of succeeding – especially in cybersecurity. Plus, Ms. Security returns with advice on phishing and why you shouldn’t worry about Distributed Denial of Service attacks because OIT does.

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Culture Eats Cybersecurity For Breakfast

Eggo Waffles weren’t always called Eggo Waffles. In the 1950s, in the boom that followed World War II, Americans began a love affair with frozen foods. Frank Dorsa and his three brothers in San Jose California had been running a highly popular mayonnaise business and had expanded into powdered waffle mix, but demand for their mix had started to evaporate. The problem was that making waffles was a lot of work.

Frank was a bit of an inventor, so he created a giant waffle-making machine using a merry-go-round engine and a number of electric waffle irons. Thousands of waffles were frozen and shipped every day. But the name, the “Froffle,” was a flop. Instead, customers called the waffles as “Eggos,” referring back to the distinctive egg taste of the Dorsa brother’s mayonnaise. The name, like the waffles, stuck around.

The Kellog’s Company bought the Eggo waffles line in 1968, and four years later they introduced the slogan “L’Eggo My Eggo.” The marketing campaign would be one of the most successful of all time, continuously running for 36 years. The commercials depicted kids and parents in an escalating struggle to maintain possession of their precious frozen waffles. The message was clear: the waffles were so good, if you weren’t careful, someone might steal them from you. Continue reading Culture Eats Cybersecurity For Breakfast

Summer 2018 Security Report Now Available

OIT Spring 2018 Security Report

Our Summer 2018 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we show you how nearly everything that happens when you use a computer is written to a log on your computer or a server somewhere, discuss the new European privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, see how you can bring a Security Minute to your next meeting, plus more advice from Ms. Security.

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Spring 2018 Security Report Now Available

OIT Spring 2018 Security Report

Our Spring 2018 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we show you how you can use Cylance at home, discuss the death of privacy, see how new technologies in the SMU PD command center are helping to keep the campus safe, plus more advice from Ms. Security.

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Winter 2018 Security Report Now Available

OIT Winter 2018 Security Report

Our Winter 2018 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, what is a Bitcoin, how certain physical activities can increase your cybersecurity vigilance, plus “Ask Ms. Security” returns.

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Fall 2017 Security Report Now Available

OITSecurity Awareness Report: Fall 2017

Our Fall 2017 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss cyber hygiene and the Internet of things, introduce a new “Ask Ms. Security” column, plus see how to spot fake news.

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Summer 2017 Security Report Now Available

OIT Security Report 2017 Summer Edition

Our Summer 2017 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss the rise in ransomware, how scammers are now targeting you via text message, results of our Cybersecurity Survey, and some personal Identity Theft stories.

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Looking Back at the Security Showdown & Security Awareness Month

2016 Security ShowdownAs we wrap up National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we like to reflect on the impact of technology and how it 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 is staggering. We highlighted some of these in our weekly emails. We discussed how to spot phishing emails; We looked at how more applications are run from the internet, rather than installed locally and a few key tips for internet safety with those devices; When using social networking, how to define your own security or privacy settings to protect your information by reviewing your security setting periodically. We also released our fall Security Report. Continue reading Looking Back at the Security Showdown & Security Awareness Month