Cyber Security Awareness Month 2017 Archive
To ensure your devices are protected from viruses, malware, and vulnerabilities, make sure you apply the latest security and software updates as they become available. Operating System and Software updates address security vulnerabilities and critical issues that need to be resolved, and often increase the speed and efficiency of your device. These updates are not limited to laptops and desktops, they are critical for mobile devices as well.
There are several examples of security vulnerabilities and their impact.
- A recent example of how ignoring software updates can lead to an attack on your device
is the ransomware coined “WannaCry”, which has impacted nearly 200,000 computers in 150 different countries. This global attack was based on a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows which allowed
attackers to encrypt files on a device and demand payment for the decryption key.
For more information on WannaCry and its impacts, view the article below:
- The cause of Equifax breach that impacted more than 143 million US Consumers has been attributed to a missing security patch for a web application. You can read more about it here:
- Another example of a vulnerability that can have significant impact on users and their information is a vulnerability called KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attack). Please see the link below to learn more about the vulnerability:
For more general information on the importance of security updates, please see the articles below:
As social media becomes increasingly prevalent in today's society, it is crucial to understand the impacts of what you post online and how it may affect your future. Social media has become a mechanism for organizations to get a glimpse of who you are outside of the workplace, and your content could be used as grounds for termination of employment or a rescinded a job offer.
For more information on the importance of thinking before you post, view the articles listed below.
Phishing is an attempt by malicious actors pretending to be a legitimate enterprise for the purpose of stealing your private information, such as username and passwords, Social Security Numbers, and banking information. Phishing attacks have become increasingly problematic to enterprises and Universities across the globe, costing organizations $1.6 million in damages on average.
To learn more about the extensive costs of Phishing attacks, check out these articles:
Additionally, the LSU ITSP team has organized several different resources to help you identify a potential phishing email, methods to report it, and phishing attempts encountered by LSU Community at - http://www.lsu.edu/it_services/its_security/phishatLSU.php.
Identity theft involves an attacker stealing your personal information in order to commit fraud, which in turn can have a lasting negative impact on your credit and finances. Many corporations, government agencies, and Universities have had to face the negative impacts of data breaches resulting in identity theft. Most recently, you may have heard of a significant breach which targeted the credit-reporting agency, Equifax. The attack left nearly 143 million Americans with their personal data compromised, including but not limited to Social Security Numbers, addresses and driver's license numbers.
For more information on types of identity theft, how to report identity theft, and the Equifax breach, click here:
Additionally, the LSU ITSP team has organized several different resources to help you protect your privacy and avoid identity theft. To access the ITSP identity protection site, click here.