It isn't easy but you should arm yourself with the knowledge you need to keep your private information safe while keeping other university users safe too.
Every day there are hackers trying to get at your personal information and the personal information and data of the university.
We work hard to make sure your private information is protected but security takes a village and no cheese stands alone in the fight!
The first thing everyone should do is arm themselves with knowledge and follow through with plans (e.g. strong passwords you change every 3-6 months, backing up your data, etc.).
The second thing everyone should do is help arm those they are connected to--family, friends, co-workers, etc. We are stronger together and our networks must work together to gain strength!
The third thing everyone should do is report incidents when they occur--this includes everything from removing viruses and malware as soon as they appear, forwarding IT spam & phishing at firstname.lastname@example.org instead of responding to, clicking, and opening attachments on unsolicited emails, etc.
Our incident response form. This form is for all incidents related to:
If you believe an email is a spam or phishing message, please forward to IT here: email@example.com
In the unlikely event you forward the spam email a legitimate email, we will tell you it is legitimate.
IT monitors and responds to reports of spam and phishing in order to keep your information safe. If you receive one of these emails or messages similar to the ones on our alert page here, do not respond or click on any links in the message and never open any attachments. Forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org then delete them.
When we receive one of these messages:
This policy defines the privileges and responsibilities of computer and communications for users at Eastern Kentucky University.
Antivirus software detects and removes malicious software from your computer. Up-to-date antivirus is an essential component of technology security on all devices, including computers, smartphones, and tablets.
EKU IT also offers faculty/staff a copy of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for their work PCs and a student's a copy for their personal PCs as long as they are current EKU students. IT Geeks will assist with the installation.
EKU does not support these software titles, but offer as a jumping off point if you want to use an antivirus on your personal devices! According to Tom's Guide, the best free antivirus programs of 2019 include Kaspersky Lab (available on Windows PCs, Macs, Android Tablets, Android Smartphones) and a free version too and Bitdefender (available on Windows PCs, Macs, and Android devices) and a free version too. PC Magazine rated both products high and these two also: Avast and AVG. Avast is a free antivirus for Windows PCs only but if you want more security, you will pay for it. AVG is another one that is free (Windows PCs, Macs, Android devices, and iOS). With AVG they also have paid expanded versions.
EKU uses BitLocker to encrypt computer hard drives owned by EKU. Encryption protects data from unauthorized disclosure by encoding it with a password. You should always encrypt sensitive data where there is a risk that it will be stolen or lost.
Whether you are traveling internationally or domestically, it's important to know how to protect your devices and data while you travel. Criminals know that many of us let our guard down while traveling, choosing convenience over security.
Mobile devices include laptops, tablets, smartphones, and removable storage devices (e.g., USB drives, external hard drives). Smartphones and tablets are incredibly powerful computers that are just as susceptible to security issues and malicious attacks as desktop and laptop computer. Mobile devices create an even greater danger because they are easily lost or stolen.
The EKU IT Security Team offers security consulting to help all members of the EKU community understand and comply with best practices in protecting themselves and EKU data and system.
The IT Service desk is always happy to answer questions. email@example.com
The IT Geeks is always happy to answer student questions and to do presentations to classes and small groups regarding IT security topics. We will also sit down one-on-one with users and small groups to assist you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few things you can do today to significantly increase your workplace and personal security: