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Confidential Box

Confidential Box is CSUN’s secure solution for storing Confidential Level 1 data.  Confidential Box has the same features as myCSUNbox plus DUO multi-factor authentication. Learn how to access and properly use Confidential Box.


Duo is a type of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), which is the practice of using multiple methods to verify your credentials when logging in somewhere. Adding a second verification step is a security best practice that enhances the account and data security. Learn how to use Duo here.


Encryption is the transformation of data into a form unreadable by anyone without a secret decryption key. Its purpose is to ensure confidentiality and privacy by keeping the information hidden from anyone for whom it is not intended. Access the page to learn more about how to implement different encryption techniques.

Malware / Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system's screen or by locking the users' files unless a ransom is paid. Learn ways to protect your device from malware infections and prevent data loss.


Higher education continues to be targeted by fraudulent email messages and ransomware attempts. Despite taking preventive measures, phishing email attacks continue to be sent from compromised faculty and staff accounts. Learn more about identifying and protection from phishing attempts.

Securing Zoom

Meetings held over Zoom must be secured when the discussion concerns Level 1 or Level 2 data. Learn about meeting passwords, locking meetings, removing participants, and more.

Security Alerts

Learn about recent security vulnerabilities and cyber security news.

Security Awareness Training

In accordance with system-wide Information Security policy, faculty, staff and student employees are required to complete Information Security Awareness training on a periodic basis. Access this page for information about using the training portal and other security tips.


VPN's are a way to securely and privately access a network. They are necessary to access certain information and resources from CSUN. Faculty should consider using a VPN off campus as well as on.