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Stay Cyber Aware during the continued Ukraine conflict!

Mar 28, 2022, 14:26 PM by Frank Byrd

While there are not direct threats against Marian University or other Higher Education institutions, Higher Education ranks #4 as the target of groups looking to commit cybercrimes.  Add to it that 75% of all attacks/breeches are from human error!  Those facts, combined with increased threat from the Ukraine conflict means we have to be as diligent as ever!  On March 21, President Biden released a statement reiterating the potential increase of cyberattacks. Many governmental agencies such as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the FBI and National Security Agency have released similar statements. Individuals within the academic community could attract the attention of hackers.


Protect your data 
• Any materials or data stored on centrally provided solutions (OneDrive, Microsoft 365, Sharepoint, the MU Portal, shared network drives) are already backed up on a regular basis. If you store data locally, please work to get the data to a backed up location.  

Remember all of the Cyber Security tips we’ve shared and be on alert for any unusual emails or texts, especially from new or unknown individuals.  
• Suspicious emails or discussions you did not initiate should be treated with caution. 

• Ensure any attachment that you get is expected from the sender.  Contact the sender if unsure.

• If something sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is! 
• Never provide passwords to anyone calling, texting or emailing  
 
Protect your University account and assets 
• Use a strong password or passphrase for all accounts and do not reuse passwords on multiple accounts. 
• Change your password often.  
• Lock your laptop, phone, PC, and tablets when not in your hands or direction supervision. 

 

Avoid using public Wi-Fi (e.g., Wi-Fi in a hotel or coffee shop) if possible .   
• If you must connect to public Wi-Fi, ensure you use VPN to connect to campus resources.  

• On campus, do not connect to a Wi-Fi network you do not know.  MarianSecure should be available everywhere on campus that is needed.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 317-955-6444 or helpdesk@marian.edu!

 

Safe computing!

 

Ray Stanley

Vice President / Chief Information Officer

Marian University

3200 Cold Spring Road

Indianapolis, IN 46222

317-955-6011 (office) / 317-306-5123 (cell)

rstanley@marian.edu

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