Chance to Win $100 in Our Monthly Challenge 

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The Office of Information Security (OIS) is always looking for ways to improve your security and reward your participation in helping to secure WashU. Back by popular request, the InfoSec team is assigning the Inside Man as our training competition this April. The Inside Man is a soap opera-style training that covers critical cyber security […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Joey Smith, Information Security Analyst III 

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Joey Smith, Information Security Analyst III, works in the OIS Clinical Operations team, focusing on the School of Medicine and the Medical Campus. Joey uses tools to identify and monitor unmanaged devices on the WashU network. This effort assists in ongoing projects like asset management and network asset control (NAC). Joey enjoys IT and security […]

Chance to Win $100 in Our Monthly Challenge

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The OIS is always looking for ways to improve your security and reward your participation in our efforts. Back by popular request, the InfoSec team is assigning the Inside Man as our training competition this March. The Inside Man is a soap opera-style training that covers critical cyber security themes in all its episodes. Watch […]

Reporting Phishing in the ‘New’ Outlook 

The Phish Alert Button (PAB) is one of our team’s most valuable tools for keeping the WashU community safe. When you report a phishing email using the PAB, our office will investigate the threat and take any necessary action, such as removing all similar messages from systems and notifying our community of the danger.  If […]

Thanks for Making the E-Waste Recycling Event a Success 

On Tuesday, March 26th, the Office of Sustainability and Office of Information Security hosted their biannual electronic waste recycling and secure paper shredding event on the Danforth campus. Thank you to all who supported sustainability by securely recycling their electronic waste and confidential documents. The event was a huge success. In just two and a […]

Chance to Win $100 in Our Monthly Challenge

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The OIS is always looking for ways to improve your security and reward your participation in our efforts. This month, we’d like to test your knowledge in a fun ‘Phish or Treat’ game.   Phishing    When navigating your email, always be on the lookout for red flags that may indicate that it is a phishing email. […]

Chance to Win $100 in Our Monthly Challenge

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The OIS is always looking for ways to improve your security and reward your participation in our efforts. This month, we’d like to cover a phishing tactic that uses your phone as a medium for scammers. This scam is called ‘Vishing.’   Vishing   Cybercriminals are continuously looking for new and unexpected ways to contact you. While […]

Recent Winners and a Chance to Win $100 in Our Monthly Challenge

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The OIS is always looking for ways to improve your security and reward your participation in our efforts. This month, we want to point you toward a few resources to help you protect yourself from cybercrime and understand how our office can support you during this holiday season. Be sure to read our article on […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Nick Fredrick, GRC Security Analyst 

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Nick Fredrick, GRC Security Analyst I, is one of the newest additions to the Office of Information Security. After earning his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from St. Louis University, Nick interned for our Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) team, where he was eventually hired as a full-time analyst. Throughout his time at WashU, […]

Learn About Cybersecurity and Win Big This October

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The Office of Information Security is running a competition throughout October for Cybersecurity Awareness Month! WashU staff, faculty, and students can submit several entries to win up to $1,000 in BearBucks.   Beginning September 28th, we will release three episodes of “The Inside Man,” a soap opera-style training that covers critical cybersecurity themes. Every Friday until […]

Scam of the Month: Document Shared with You

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The Office of Information Security has identified a trend in which criminals send members of our community a Google Document containing a malicious link, in hopes that a victim may give up their credentials. In this more elaborate scam, hackers posed as Adis Avila, who is not an individual who works at our university, sending […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Steve Bochte, Information Security Architect

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Steve Bochte, Information Security Architect, brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the InfoSec team. Steve remembers being interested in IT and security as a grade-schooler, and these fields still appeal to his love for fixing things and improving processes today. After taking the CISSP exam in 2007, he started exploring the world of […]

Phishing Alert: Credential Phishing via QR Code

How this Scam Works Members of the WashU community are being targeted by criminals using malicious QR codes to steal valuable and personal information. The QR codes targeting WashU credentials lead an unsuspecting victim to a fake WUSTL Key login page. If the victim enters any information on the malicious login page, they will unknowingly […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Shane Powell, Information Security Architect

Shane Powell, Information Security Architect, is one of the newest members of the InfoSec team here at WashU. Originally, Shane is from Texas, but after many years of visiting St. Louis with his wife, they decided to move here in 2016. In his day-to-day work here, Shane “communicates with various groups throughout the university and […]

Meet Your Infosec Team: GRC Analyst Trainees 

Our Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) team is fortunate to have three GRC Analyst Trainees this summer who are assisting with various InfoSec efforts. We are excited to have them on our team and would like to introduce you to each of them.   Lindsey Wichman  Lindsey Wichman is currently majoring in Computer Science with a […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Hannu Turri, Cloud Security Architect

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Hannu Turri, cloud security architect, is an integral part of the InfoSec team at WashU. Hannu comes to us from Finland, where he first served in the military and transitioned into IT, working as a CISO. After attending an AWS re:Invent event in Las Vegas, where he met his future wife a few years ago, […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Armin Toric, Information Security Analyst I

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Armin Toric, Information Security Analyst I, is passionate about “protecting the university from cyber villains!” After attending St. Louis Community College and Ranken Technical College, Armin took advantage of CompTIA certifications and other cybersecurity boot camps. He took the initiative to obtain his Network+, Security+, and CySA+ certifications to build his skills around topics like […]

Job Posting Scam

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Job scams that target students are on the rise. As you may already know from reading our Scam of the Month posts, hackers can and will target you by impersonating a university employee looking to hire a student worker. Often, these scams will reach you via email or your cell phone number. When the hacker […]

Protect Yourself When Using Peer-to-Peer Money Exchange Apps

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You’ve all heard the phrases, “just Venmo me”, “do you have Zelle?”, and “can I send you Apple Cash?”. In the blink of an eye and a tap of a finger, your money can be sent to whomever you choose. However, without considering some basic protections, this convenience could come at a cost. As quickly […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Adam Coyle, Information Security Analyst I

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Adam Coyle, Information Security Analyst I, believes that information security is becoming one of the most critical roles in any organization. Over the first nine years at WashU on the Deskside Support team, Adam became fascinated with information security and the strides the university takes to become more secure. His current role as a security […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Madeline Quigley, Cybersecurity Awareness and Culture Specialist

Madeline Quigley, Cybersecurity Awareness and Culture Specialist, is the newest member of the Cybersecurity Awareness, Behavior, and Culture team. Madeline spent her childhood in Rhode Island and moved to St. Louis to attend Maryville University from 2018 – 2021, earning a bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity with a minor in Creative Writing. Madeline has resided in […]

InfoSec Alert: LastPass Security Breach

On December 22nd, 2022, LastPass notified their customer base of a cybersecurity incident that put customer data and passwords at risk. This incident occurred in November of 2022. Bad actors could potentially possess encrypted user data that includes “usernames, passwords, secure notes, and form-filled data,” according to LastPass. While in possession of this data, the bad […]