News and Updates from Kennesaw State UITS
News and Updates from Kennesaw State UITS

October 2021

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Kennesaw State University's Office of Cybersecurity is sharing great tips and tricks to help keep you (and your data) safe online.  

New Required Cybersecurity Training

The mandatory cybersecurity training has changed for 2021. USG has unveiled a new platform on which training must be completed October 1- October 31, 2021, and should only take about 15 minutes to complete. You will receive an email when the training is released and a reminder if you have not completed the training 6 days prior to the October 31st deadline. 

What is "PII"?

PII, or Personally Identifiable Information, are multiple pieces of information that make you unique in the digital world. Some of this information can be seemingly innocent, such as your home address or phone number. But when that information is combined with other information, such as your full name and date of birth, it becomes something that cybercriminals can use to their advantage. Other information, such as your Social Security Number or Passport number is particularly sensitive. Be aware of information that you provide via email, on websites, or online forms.

What is MFA?

The University System of Georgia has required the use of Multifactor Authentication (MFA) for Financial Systems since 2018.
Better known as DUO at KSU, the main purpose of this software is to add a second factor of verification, in addition to your password, to protect institutional systems and information. If you receive an unsolicited DUO multifactor authentication prompt, never accept it. Receiving a request of this type is an indication that your NetID password has been compromised and should be reset as soon as possible.

Annual Cybersecurity Awareness Day Activities

The 13th Annual KSU Cybersecurity Awareness Day activities have moved to all online!  Join in on October 13 for a day filled with information on staying cyber-safe.
Visit  https://cybersecurity.kennesaw.edu/ for up-to-date details and announcements as they are released. 

Use a VPN

Using an untrusted network or need to access a system that is available on-campus? Make sure you're using KSU’s Global Protect Virtual Private Network (VPN). Using the client will help ensure your access to KSU resources is secure and certain KSU technology resources require the use of the GlobalProtect VPN for off-campus access.

Remote Working Tips

  • Be mindful of anything you download to your devices.
  • Avoid installing 3rd party software unless it is well vetted by the school and there is a business need or course requirement.
  • While working with your software, make sure you keep it up to date and download the latest patches.
  • Access any newly available performance-enhancing functions from the software’s provider.
  • Reach out to the Service Desk for support if you are unsure about specific software or if there are updates available.  
  • Never leave any device unattended in a public place; even in controlled environments.
  • Lock your screen when you leave your workstation. In many cases, bad actors do not need a lot of time to potentially cripple your activities or your devices.  
  • For your own personal security, do not store personally identifiable information (PII) such as wills, birth/death certificates, taxes, IDs, and other forms of legal documentation on a designated work device.
  • Always store data securely and in alignment with the UITS Document Management Matrix
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