Information Security is responsible for ensuring the confidentiality and data integrity of university computing assets, including university–owned computers, applications, servers, and the data residing on those devices. Information Security strives to maintain the security of university systems and data to prevent it from being used for unintended purposes by educating the campus community about security related issues, preventing the unwanted access of university records by intruders, and developing effective methods of responding to information security incidents.
Security Alert: New Ransomware Warning (Fessleak)
February 10, 2015 - Security researchers have discovered a new ransomware strain called "Fessleak". It delivers malicious code straight into system memory. Most antivirus software is not able to catch this. Read more.
Security Alert: Anthem Customers Targeted in Cyberattack
February 5, 2015 - "Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, was the subject of a very sophisticated external cyberattack.” Read more from the New York Times.
Security Alert: University Payroll Theft Scheme
November 12, 2014 - Universities and colleges have been targeted by spearphishing campaigns designed to steal a user's credentials. Many of these campaigns use harvested credentials to alter a victim's direct deposit information. Targeted individuals include both faculty and administrators from various departments. Read more from REN-ISAC.
Top Security Tips
- NEVER share your password with anyone and report suspicious emails or phone calls that ask for your private information to email@example.com
- Use CSUN's encrypted wireless 'eduroam' network when connecting to campus Wi-Fi
- Follow these tips to secure your device and do not leave mobile devices unattended
- Learn how to identify fraudulent emails that ask for your password and other confidential information
- Use Box to securely share files with others and eliminate use of email and USB drives to transmit protected information
- Maintain current anti-virus software on all computing devices (including Macs)
- Don't get compromised. Get trained! Free Online Information Security Awareness Training is provided to ALL faculty, staff and university employees
Need Help with Information Security?
Contact the Office of Information Security at (818) 677-6100. To report incidents of abuse, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.