Cybersecurity Information and Resources

Stay safe on campus and at home

Visit Stay Safe Online from National Cyber Security Alliance for many more resources such as:

Stop. Think. Connect – from the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the US Department of Homeland Security and more specifically Safety Tips for Mobile Devices

The FCC offers a Smart Device Protection Toolkit.

Stay informed by following the FTC Scam Alerts. The FTC also provides tips on how to keep your personal information secure.

Concerned you have fallen victim to a phishing scheme?

If you ever feel you have fallen victim to a phishing attempt and provided personally identifiable information (PII), here are some suggestions: 

Immediately change your password on that account (and any other account that uses the same password) 

  • If you have transferred money to a phisher, report the incident to your local police. 
  • Call the bank’s hot line, usually printed on the back of your bank card, and report the incident. 
  • Inspect your statements carefully for signs of account misuse. 
  • Determine if you want to put a lock on your credit records. This will keep anyone from opening a new account. 
  • Go to your bank’s online website and look for information about fraud, phishing or identity theft.  Find out what your bank expects you to do
  • Review the recommendations from the Social Security Administration about identity theft and your Social Security number. (www.ssa.gov/fraud/
  • Notify the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that you have been phished. (www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft) The FTC is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection works for the consumer to prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices in the marketplace. 
  • Follow the advice listed at www.identitytheft.gov/ 

Travel here and abroad safely

Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks (2013 PSA video)

Read the State Department’s report “Traveling with Mobile Devices: Trends and Best Practices” or the FBI brochure Safety and Security for the Business Professional Traveling Abroad.

Syracuse University’s Engineering and Computer Science department has a Traveler’s Guide to Security page and infographic created by Syracuse University’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity program.