Security

Information Technology Services provides infrastructure and services that provide information security, data integrity, and compliance with applicable laws, regulatory requirements and contractual obligations.  This includes systems monitoring, virus protection, encryption, emergency preparedness, contingency planning, data security, identity management, access controls (e.g. passwords, accounts and authentication) and facilitating audits, risk assessments and compliance assessments.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and ITS is hosting on-campus information sessions to get employees more engaged in cyber safety.

Why? Because cyber security is not only an individual and institutional concern, but a national security concern, in which every citizen has a role.

This is why the Department of Homeland Security has partnered with a diverse list of local, regional, and national institutions since 2011 to promote cyber security awareness. The relevance for FSU is that every organization today is facing cyber-based threats to the integrity and availability of its digital computing assets and the confidentiality of its data. An informed and aware employee will lower the risks of adverse cyber incidents for both themselves and FSU. Equifax is the latest prominent victim, and surely won’t be the last. However, while such news can make for dramatic headlines, hackers and other cybercriminals are not the only source of cyber threats: Well-intentioned employees can increase cyber risks to their organization by not following policies, best practices, and guidelines.

This October FSU is launching its first-ever online cyber security awareness training.

All Faculty and Staff are encouraged to take this important training, which will raise your awareness about cyber threats and the behaviors that increase and reduce risks to adverse event like ransomware and unauthorized disclosure. Learn important cyber tips such as:

  • What a strong password is and how to create one
  • Whether information is protected or regulated information and, if so, how to properly store and share it
  • How to recognize the warning signs of an illegitimate email, infected web page, or infected computer, and the risk 
each one poses to the employee and FSU
  • What actions risk introducing viruses and other malware into our computer systems and network

The training is free, self-paced, web-based, and can be stopped/resumed at any time. Duration: Approx. 1 hr. Sign up by entering a request in the MyIT service portal by navigating to Make a Request and then clicking the link under Security. Email cybersecurity@framingham.edu if you have questions about this training.

The Email Dilemma: Junk, Spam, or Phishing? How to Classify Unwanted Emails and Respond Accordingly

The article linked above provides a detailed look at how to properly identify and classify unwanted e-mails to help you save time and protect yourself from potential cyber-threats.