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Information Security is a department within the division of Information Technology at California State University, Northridge. The department is responsible for implementing and maintaining campus-wide security policies and standards. Services provided by Information Security include Security Awareness Training, Breach & Incident Investigations, Vulnerability Assessments, and Risk Assessments. A major role of the department is to educate and advise campus faculty, staff, and students of the risks to the data. 

For detailed information on services provided, please refer to the resources below or contact Information Security at (818) 677-6100.

High Severity Dubbed Print Nightmare

A high severity vulnerability dubbed Print Nightmare, exploits a vulnerability in the Print Spooler service. This vulnerability can provide full domain access to a domain controller under a System context. To be able to use this exploit it requires that you authenticate as a domain user.

It should be not be confused with CVE-2021-1675. PrintNightmare is not the same not the same as CVE-2021-1675, which was fixed in the patch in June, there is currently no patch available for PrintNightmare..

This applies to all Windows Server versions (from Windows Server 2008 – 2019), and includes Windows 7 and 10 devices.

For all systems where the print spooler service is not required, (it is enabled by default) disable the service.

Additionally, enable PrintService/Operational logging for any servers/devices that need Print Spooler and and notify Information Security of the device name at

Print Nightmare FAQs

Please visit the Print Nightmare FAQs page for more information. 

CSUN Students Targeted with an Invoice Payment Phishing Campaign 

CSUN students have been targeted with a phishing campaign that has a title of Financial Aid and references a "Derrick F. Satchell Leadership Award", do not click on any links or respond. If you have any questions please contact the Information Security team at 

Report all Zoom-bombing events

It is extremely important that all Zoombombing events are reported so they can be investigated.

Report the event!

If someone bombs your meeting please report the event immediately. Send an email to and provide 

  • Your name and email address
  • The date and time of the meeting
  • The Zoom link and the meeting ID number
  • The name of your course and (anything else like Course #)
  • Describe what happened in as much detail as possible

Need tips on how to avoid Zoombombing? Please visit How To Keep Your Zoom Sessions Secure.

Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-Known Malware

Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-known Malware Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) Date: March 10, 2020


A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website...

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Information Security Guidelines For Working from Home

Why Working Remotely is Different 

Working at home presents a unique challenge for information security because remote work environments don't usually have the same safeguards as working in the CSUN environment. When CSUN faculty and staff are on the CSUN campus, they are working behind layers of preventive security controls. While not 100% foolproof, it is harder to make a security mistake while in the CSUN environment. However, when a CSUN issued device leaves the perimeter or faculty and staff work remotely, new risks arise and additional protections are essential.  

Threats to Working Remotely 

  • Unsecured Wi-Fi networks: Not everyone has a secure home network with strong firewalls. Public Wi-Fi networks, such as those in coffee shops, are also unsafe for conducting business. Unsecured public Wi-Fi networks are prime spots for malicious parties to spy on internet traffic and collect confidential information. 

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Need Help with Information Security?

Contact the Office of Information Security at (818) 677-6100. To report incidents of abuse, send an email to or: