As National Cyber Security Awareness Month comes to a close, I want to reinforce the need to be vigilant about two very relevant topics: the importance of security when working remotely, and the need to guard against scams.

Working Remotely:

As we all know, there has been a steady increase in the numbers and kinds of computing devices that, among other things, make it possible for us to work virtually any time from any location. It is critically important to keep security in mind when you work away from the office. For information, please read the UCSC News and Events "Tip of the Week" about working remotely at: http://www.ucsc.edu/news_events/text.asp?pid=3311

Guarding Against Scams:

Criminals and hackers are regularly coming up with new schemes designed to compromise computers, steal personal or private information and passwords, or trick you out of money. Even as more "traditional" phishing scams continue -- such as email asking for your password -- new ploys are emerging to trick you into clicking on malicious links or installing harmful software on your computer. The advice remains the same, but there are new threats out there - don't become a victim! For information, please read the UCSC News and Events "Tip of the Week" about scams at: http://www.ucsc.edu/news_events/text.asp?pid=3255

Additional Cyber Security Awareness Month "Tips of the Week" about protecting personal identity information (PII) and password security are available at:

Protecting PII: http://www.ucsc.edu/news_events/text.asp?pid=3278

Password Security: http://www.ucsc.edu/news_events/text.asp?pid=3297

Thank you for your efforts to increase your awareness of cyber security issues and your support of our campaign to protect the UCSC community. Additional resources are available at ITS' Security Awareness Web site: http://its.ucsc.edu/security_awareness/. If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Support Center at: http://its.ucsc.edu/support_center/