October is Cyber Security Month

October is Cyber Security Month

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Last week at the beginning of Cyber Security Month, hackers attacked Adobe’s computer system. This week, they targeted well-known antivirus companies. Proving yet again that breaches can happen to anyone, and threats need to be taken seriously.

UNH’s IT Security attempts to keep safe computing in the forefront of employees’ minds, periodically reminding people not to give personal information online and to be cautious about opening emails when you don’t know the sender.

Identity theft, viruses, worms, Trojan horses, hoaxes are all issues of cyber security. Smartphones and other portable devices can pose as much of a risk as desktop computers and laptops. Hackers don’t care what kind of network you’re on; if it’s unsecure, there is a risk.

"If you are concerned with your online privacy and data security, UNH IT offers numerous resources.  In addition to IT Security, you can get help and guidance from Academic Technology, Network Security/Telecom and of course, client services IT service desk," says Nino Coletti of IT Security. 

"Online threats are constantly evolving, becoming more subtle and dangerous over time.  Recent simple and well-written phishing attacks pretending to be from Blackboard Learn fooled many more community members than typical attacks did even a year ago.  Each of us must stay aware of new online risks and how to avoid them," Coletti adds. 

A few simple steps you can take include never giving your password to anyone, changing it frequently, and never giving social security numbers, passwords, credit card numbers, date of birth, medical information and other critical information online unless you know you are on a secure site.

You can read more here at UNH IT Security. If you need to report an incident call 2-4242.