Keeping Information Security Simple – You’re smart and getting smarter, but…

Letter from the CISO, Vol 2 Issue 5 Washington University Community: Everyone loves to hear how smart they are! Right? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like hearing how they are “smart,” “bright,” “clever,” “hard-working,” “correct,” and best of all, “you’re right; I was wrong.” Today I have good news, better news, bad news, and […]

Password-based Authentication

By David Puzder Virtually every online account requires a password. Many account providers require additional authentication steps, like the Duo push alert, to increase security. As for password-based authentication, the principle is relatively straightforward: the user provides an account name or identifier (ID) plus a password, and the system compares the given password to the […]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 Recap

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 is coming to a close. This year, we hosted four webinars, promoted key behaviors to encourage every employee to take control of their online lives, and published a newsletter full of original content authored by WashU’s office of Information Security. Competition Our Cybersecurity Awareness Month competitions are always popular. In 2021, […]

Scam of the Month: Assistant Job Posting

The Office of Information Security has observed a trend where criminals send fraudulent job requests in hopes that victims will text a phone number with their personal information. If you see a message like the one below, please do not interact with the sender, phone number, or follow any special instructions. Simply report the email […]

Meet Your InfoSec Team: Brian Allen, Information Security Director

Brian Allen, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Information Security Director, “plays defense for WashU” by overseeing the Incident Response* and Vulnerability Management teams. Throughout his career, he has fostered connections at WashU and in the InfoSec community at large. Dependable working relationships are essential to Brian because he sees “InfoSec as a department […]