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Pepperdine University 2014 Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! The Information Security Office has several activities planned to promote best practices that will help protect student and University data, and preserve community trust in the University.

Students update your devices!

Anti-virus is not enough; every computer we've examined that was taken over by criminals at Pepperdine has had anti-virus. You need your security updates. ISO is asking all students to visit browserscheck.pepperdine.edu and use the Qualys Browsercheck service to update their systems. An email will go out to all students from the Information Security Office promoting this service and its benefits.

Also look for our digital signage and literature at Tech Central and Grad Campus IT counters. Bring your laptop to meet us at our "Talk to IT" tables this month. We'll have something tasty and a chance to enter to win movie tickets for people who try the browsercheck service.

Talk to IT Schedule

  • Seaver College
    • Cafeteria - Thurs, Oct 23, 10am - 2pm
    • Tech Central - normal service hours Oct 14-21.
  • School of Law - Fright Fest, Oct. 30 (we'll hold a few tickets for you to win).
  • GSBM/GSEP/SPP
    • Drescher Dining Room, Weds., Oct. 15 2-4PM
    • West L.A., Irvine, Westlake and Encino Grad Campus IT Support
      normal service hours Oct 14-21

Staff and Faculty take our survey and win movie tickets!

ISO will be asking all faculty and staff to take a cyber security survey on best practices for securing student and University data. Fill out the survey for a chance to win 1 of 25 pairs of movie tickets! Each respondent will also receive a customized set of resources to help them follow best practices, based on their responses to the survey. ISO will send out an email promoting and explaining this survey to faculty and staff colleagues before the survey begins.

Anti-phishing training resumes!

Last academic year, ISO sent fake phishing emails to every member of the University to promote awareness of phishing dangers and to give people practice with our 2 anti-phishing skills:

  1. Verify unexpected email requests with the purported sender (via known web, email or phone).
  2. Check the address bar for pepperdine.edu and https/lock before submitting your password.

Last year, both students and faculty/staff improved their resistance to phishing. This year we hope you'll improve even more. Criminal phishing can steal your identity or your money and mark you as a spam victim. Deal safely with unexpected email requests and check before entering your password on websites, and you won't be a victim.