External Email Notification Helps Identify Phishes

In the coming weeks, we will introduce a new feature in our email system that will notify users of emails originating from outside of the university. This change is being made to make it easier for everyone at our institution to identify phishing emails. Phishing attacks are on the rise, and often employ multiple methods […]

NCSAM Retrospective

The Office of Information Security recently wrapped up a month of exciting activities and events across Washington University campuses for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. We are grateful to everyone who took the time to participate in this year’s events, and we are already looking forward to next year’s program. During October 2019, the Office of […]

Gil the Phish and NCSAM Happenings

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is about halfway over, and we’ve been having a great time spreading the word about digital security across our campus. We kicked off the month with a successful Shred IT event, and on October 14, we participated in Danforth Health Happening. Our presence at Health Happening was hard to […]

NCSAM: Be in the Know About Cybersecurity

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is underway! Our month of activities began with the annual Shred IT event on the School of Medicine Campus. On Tuesday, October 1, members of our community brought 1,025 pounds of paper and 4,457 pounds of electronics to the School of Medicine campus to be securely destroyed and recycled. This […]

NCSAM 2019: Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), and the Washington University Office of Information Security is joining in the conversation with a slate of events and talks focused on ensuring the security of data on our campus and beyond. In the digital era, we are continuously confronted with challenges to our privacy as well as […]

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Shred IT

On Tuesday, October 1st, the Office of Information Security, Office of Sustainability, and Operations & Facilities Management will be hosting an e-waste recycling and confidential paper shredding event. This event is the first in a series of events sponsored by the Information Security Office and our partners in celebration of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). […]

Phishing for a Physician – A Spreading Concern

Cybercriminals have been diligently working these days to obtain personal information from unsuspecting physicians as they go about the business of practicing medicine. Physicians and other medical staff are prime targets of these attacks due to their compensation and the wealth of information publicly available on them. Cybercriminals work hard to know who you are […]

Securing Your Devices, Physically and Digitally

Securing your laptop or other device both physically and digitally can significantly reduce the risk of the device or the information it contains falling into the wrong hands. Physical security could mean locking the laptop away in a desk when you leave work for the day or using a cable and lock to secure it […]

2019 Tax Season Safety Tips

Tax season is a cybercriminal's favorite time of the year. With a 60 percent increase in phishing email schemes targeting tax refunds in 2018, now is the time to be vigilant in protecting yourself from identity theft. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has provided some 'Take Action Tips' for tax season. When in doubt, […]

A New Look for the Information Security Website

As we celebrate the new year and try to stick to those New Year’s resolutions, The Information Security Office (ISO) is excited to announce the launch of its new website! The new informationsecurity.wustl.edu is designed in a user-friendly format so you can learn about cyber security topics and quickly find information you need. Take some time this […]
Shop Safe – CyberSec Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Shop Safe – CyberSec Tips for Safe Online Shopping

The weather, the crowds, and the deals are just a few things that can make online holiday shopping irresistible. Not only can shopping be completed in a few simple clicks, but you can complete your entire shopping list from the comfort of your sofa. Still, each year cyber criminals find new ways to scam the growing number […]

Email Safety Training Aims to Heighten Cyber Threat Awareness

In November, the WashU Information Security Office (ISO) issued a mandatory email safety training in an effort to improve the university’s cyber defenses against phishing, a common cyber attack. The training focuses on identifying types of phishing schemes, recognizing the warning signs of scams and knowing who to contact if things seem phishy. Phishing is […]