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FBI Cybersquad - Learn About Phishing, Ransomware, Mobile Device Security, and Career Opportunities

 Be an advocate for cyber security and protect the AGGIE Realm!    Don't TAKE the BAIT!

In order to promote cyber security awareness, the Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) invites you to attend the FBI Cybersquad presentation on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Academic Classroom Building room 101Special Agents Chris Paul and Scott Bennett, Staff Operation Specialist Stephen Thomas, and Intelligence Analyst Sean McDermott will speak about phishing, ransomware, and mobile device threats and trends targeting individuals and higher education as well as inform attendees about cyber safety and career opportunities. 

The event is sponsored by CDW-G, Data Network Solutions (DNS), HP, Lenovo, and Systel.  A raffle will be held at the end of the event for door prizes donated by the sponsors.

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. Information Technology Services (ITS) applauds the efforts of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators in detecting and reporting fraudulent emails.  However, some of you clicked on links in bogus emails and provided faceless cyber criminals with your usernames, passwords, social security numbers, and even financial information.  The cyber criminals sent fraudulent emails to the contacts in your email accounts.  Your peers, professors, students, and friends thought that you sent the fraudulent emails. Cyber criminals also target your credentials to gain access to A&T’s network in order to attack 3rd party networks, steal research data, and download journals from databases licensed to the University.

To make matters worse, cyber criminals are disguising malicious malware known as ransomware as links in bogus emails.  Ransomware will render your device inaccessible by encrypting files including external storage repositories that you connected to such as a file servers and cloud environments.  Just as the name implies, cyber criminals will splash a ransom notice on your screen and hold your data hostage until you pay the ransom.  

ITS launched the Cyber Security Corner (CSC) initiative to help you protect yourself from phishing and ransomware.   Cyber Security Corner contains awareness tools including videos as well as detection and prevention information.  Surveys are also included for your feedback.  Click here to access Cyber Security Corner through the ITS website.