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Protecting Information: We’re All in This Together

October 3, 2017

Nearly all of us want to keep the internet safe and secure – a 2016 Raytheon survey found that 86 percent of young adults think this is a responsibility that all of us share. The internet is pervasive in our lives today, and as digital citizens, we must make conscious choices to consistently protect ourselves, our devices, and our family and friends. For many, our most private data is only a click away from accidental or unauthorized exposure.

Many attacks launched against Drake are done so via phishing, relying on the recipient to give away information voluntarily. These attacks require very little technical know-how to cause serious harm.

Each of us have the ability-and responsibility-to protect this information at work, school, and home. This October and November, and continuing through the coming year, ITS will be emphasizing how to protect confidential information through OnCampus, Twitter, campus initiatives, and the ITS website.

Here are a few of the upcoming cyber security educational opportunities:

  • Attend Tech Tuesday. Learn about passwords, passphrases, and online security on Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 2-3 p.m. Sign up at https://itstechtuesdays.eventbrite.com/
  • Participate in the ITS Phishing Quiz. Visit http://www.drake.edu/its/phish between Oct. 30 and Nov. 17 to take the phishing quiz and stop by the ITS table in the Olmsted breezeway on Oct. 30, Nov. 1 or Nov. 7 between 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Follow @DrakeITServices on Twitter. You’ll get tips on keeping yourself safe online and learn about our ongoing events and other ITS news.
  • Read the IT Security blog. Visit www.drake.edu/its each month starting in October to learn more about a different aspect of cyber security.
  • Participate in Phishing Education. Starting in November, we’ll be re-launching phishing simulation training. A phishing simulation email will be randomly sent out each month to 1000 faculty and staff members as a risk-free way to learn about the dangers of phishing. Watch OnCampus for more information.

I look forward to working with campus on these fun educational opportunities. And don’t hesitate to contact me directly at peter.lundstedt@drake.edu with any questions or concerns related to the protection of information.

—Peter Lundstedt, Director, Information Security & Compliance