Announcements

Beware of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams

Most of us have seen and read in the news about the Coronavirus outbreak, currently known as SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  CSUCI wants to remind you that during media intense events like this, cyber attackers take advantage, and attempt to scam you or launch phishing attacks that attempt to get you to click on malicious links or open infected email attachments.   

Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) scams and best practices and how to spot these scams may be found here.

Reported Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams

 March 10, 2020 - Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-Known Malware

CI Rolls out Duo Two-Factor Authentication

Information Security has began to roll out a new security feature to better protect your myCI credentials and the information accessed using myCI. Be on the lookout for an email instructing you how to register.

 Duo

Additional information about DUO at CI may be found at go.csuci.edu/duo.

Please contact CI's Information Security department at infosec@csuci.edu if you have any questions.


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Guiding Principles

Information Security works with the campus community to secure system and network resources, and protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of student, faculty, and staff information.

To support this mission, Information Security will:

  • Develop processes, procedures, and policies required for the protection of confidential information
  • Identify risks to the security of information and systems and mitigate these risks to levels acceptable to the campus
  • Define security requirements, establish baselines and measure compliance, based on applicable laws, regulations, and best practices
  • Consult with campus users and departments to investigate security issues and evaluate products and processes
  • Collaborate with ITS administrators and staff to develop the campus information security strategy and architecture
  • Ensure incident response and disaster recovery plans are developed and implemented
  • Respond to and recover from disruptive and destructive information security events
  • Increase campus awareness of information security through training and communication

Information Security Guide: Effective Practices and Solutions for Higher Education

Phishing News and Updates

Check out the latest reported phishing attempts on campus to help you determine if you're being phished!

Information Security News

View ITS' blog where you can find helpful tips on several IT subjects.

Tips for Home Computer Health and Security

The following set of tips will help keep your home computer healthy and running smoothly, as well as reduce your exposure to viruses or other security breaches.

For Windows PCs (Windows 10)

  1. Run Windows Update frequently to make sure your computer is up-to-date
  2. Install antivirus software on your computer
    • Microsoft's Security Essentials comes free with your Windows installation, however other anti-virus products are available.
    • Buy online through the CI Bookstore
  3. Configure your Firewall software
    • Built in to Windows, make sure you enable it.
  4. Don’t open email messages from people you don’t know or trust (phishing)
    • This is most often how viruses spread and how people gain access to your computer.
    • Also, do not open any files attached to an email unless you know what it is, even if it appears to come from a dear friend or someone you know. Many viruses can replicate themselves and spread through email.

For Mac PCs (OS X, all versions)

  1. Run Software Update to make sure your computer is up-to-date
    • Go to the Apple menu and select “System Preferences…
    • Under the System category, select “Software Update.”
    • Make sure the “Check for updates” box is checked, and specify the frequency in the drop-down menu. Check the “Download important updates” in the background box.
    • Select “Check Now” to run Software Update.
    • Software Update will show a list of updates available for your computer. Check which updates you would like to install and choose the “Install” button.
    • Further instructions available at: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106704
  2. Install antivirus software on your computer
    • Many vendors offer anti-virus for your Apple computer.
    • Buy online through the CI Bookstore
  3. Configure a Firewall on your Mac
  4. Don’t open email messages from people you don’t know or trust (phishing)
  • This is most often how viruses spread and how people gain access to your computer.
  • Also, do not open any files attached to an email unless you know what it is, even if it appears to come from a dear friend or someone you know. Many viruses can replicate themselves and spread through email.

Password Security

For information on password security, please see Password Tips.

Security Policy

Information security policy information can be found on the Policies and Procedures page and the President's Council page.

Anti-Virus Software Information

CSU Channel Islands recommends the use of Microsoft's Windows Defender on Windows computers.

Security Resources

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