Cyber Security Corner

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IT Security Services advocates through governance, compliance, risk management, incident response, and security awareness for a technology environment that is secure and has integrity.

Cyber Security Awareness: Don’t TAKE the BAIT Campaign!!

       Pointing Finger            

Cyber criminals are targeting YOU, our students, our faculty, and our staff.   Why?  Because you have access to data, a network infrastructure, and applications that cyber criminals want for their financial gain.  They bait you with emails containing links for you to click on that take you to bogus websites that you think are legitimate.  Don’t TAKE the BAIT!!  Be an advocate for cyber security and protect the AGGIE Realm! 

The Cyber Security Corner (CSC) is highlighting phishing and ransomware awareness.  Information Technology Services (ITS) applauds the efforts of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators in detecting and reporting fraudulent emails.  However, some of you took the phishing bait. The webpage and videos will help you be an advocate for cyber security and protect the AGGIE Realm!

Phishing

Phishing is when criminals bait you with emails containing links for you to click on that take you to bogus websites that you think are legitimate.  While you proceed to freely give up your usernames and passwords by entering them on the bogus websites, the faceless criminals go shopping on A&T’s dime.  They send fraudulent emails to your contacts from your email account.  Your peers, professors, students, and friends think that you sent the fraudulent emails. Cyber criminals target your credentials to access A&T’s network in order to attack a 3rd party’s network for the purpose of disrupting services. Cyber criminals also target your credentials to steal research data or to download journals from databases licensed to the University. Don’t TAKE the BAIT!!  Be an advocate for cyber security and protect the AGGIE Realm! 

Phishing Awareness Videos

Ransomware

       Red Apple            

Do you recall the red apple in the Disney classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Snow White was the most beautiful person in the land and her stepmother wanted the title.  Unbeknownst to Snow White, her stepmother disguised herself as an old lady and gave her a poisonous red apple that Snow White took a bite of. Like ransomware, the red apple contained an unforeseen threat. Snow White’s ransom was a deep sleep that could only be paid with a kiss from her prince charming.

Ransomware is malicious programming code disguised in bogus emails that encrypts the files on your device.  It also targets external storage that you're connected to such as a file servers and cloud based storage repositories.  Ransomware is often a link in a bogus email requesting accounts, passwords, social security numbers, financial data, and other information. Just like Snow White's red apple, you will unleash inconspicuous malicious code that will encrypt your files and render your device inaccessible. Ransomware criminals then display a ransom notice on your device containing the ransom and how to pay it. According to Trend Micro, ransom costs can range from a few hundred dollars to upwards of five figures.  Don’t TAKE the BAIT!  Be an advocate for cyber security and protect the AGGIE Realm

Ransomware Awareness Videos

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