Fall 2019 OIT Security Update Now Available

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Did you know October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)?

Our Fall 2019 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community and in this edition, we focus on travel and cybersecurity. Find out the ups and downs of staying in a personal vacation rental property, how to be smart about internet access while traveling, plus learn more about the TSA’S new driver’s license requirement, and staying cyber-safe internationally. Also, Ms. Security is back to answer your questions about some recent data breaches.

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Anti-Phishing Campaign Expands to Student Accounts

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)After the success of our anti-phishing campaigns sent to faculty and staff, the OIT Security team will soon be expanding this program to the student body to continue to educate as many in the community as possible about what to look for in suspicious e-mails.

Phishing is one of the most common ways that criminals use to obtain your login credentials or other personal information to wreak havoc. By learning what to expect in these messages, you can get rid of them quickly instead of getting tricked! Students can expect these anti-phishing campaign messages to be sent out starting this week.

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E-mail Phishing Simulations Return

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)Phishing attempts – email messages sent by hackers pretending to be your friends, coworkers, or trusted companies – have wreaked havoc across the Internet for years. These messages try to lure you into revealing personal info like passwords and financial information, and their alarmist tone can be deceiving.

Over the past few years, SMU has worked to make people more aware of these phishing attempts by sending simulated phishing emails. For those falling victim to the phishing attempts Continue reading E-mail Phishing Simulations Return

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