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The Information Security Office (ISO) continuously strives for daily operational excellence to ensure the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of University of Utah
information technology systems and data through exploitation of appropriate security resources and best practices.

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Avoid being bombed, keep your Zoom meetings safe

With the shift to remote learning and working during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Information Security Office (ISO) warns that members of the University of Utah community could become targets for malicious gate-crashers through online collaboration and video conferencing tools.


COVID-19 scams: How to identify them and stay safe

Due to a significant increase in COVID-19 phishing attempts, the Information Security Office (ISO) recently urged students, faculty and staff to remain cautious and alert for potential scams during the outbreak. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are hoping to cash in on the international pandemic and they’ll try just about anything to exploit others.

ISO warns of COVID-19 phishing attempts

The U's Information Security Office (ISO) is urging students, faculty, and staff to remain cautious and alert to possible phishing scams designed to coincide with the COVID-19 outbreak. U community members are encouraged to scrutinize official-looking emails and watch for the following common signs of an email phishing attempt.

tips & resources

Telecommuting? Follow these security best practices.

Compared to working on campus, telecommuting can present different information security risks, especially when it comes to network security, data storage, and physical security. By following these best practices, you can help protect yourself and the university from cyberthreats.


Using a VPN to access the campus network

To access certain resources on the University of Utah network, university employees and students working or studying remotely should use a secure virtual private network (VPN).

University of Utah VPN options:
  • Cisco AnyConnect
  • Palo Alto Global Protect 
  • Departmental VPN


Phishing lessons

You realize it a moment too late: You fell for a malicious email, clicked a bad link, and entered your password on a suspicious site. You’ve just been phished! Now what?

If you click on a questionable link and enter login credentials, immediately change your password in the CIS portal — and in any personal accounts that may be compromised.


Secure those passwords!

Secure those passwords!

Is your password secure enough?

Easy-to-guess, "weak" passwords are the main way criminals gain access to system information. Keeping passwords safe and hard to guess is critical to ensure information is not compromised.

Take a moment to review the University of Utah's password requirements and guidelines.




Adding a layer of protection to your university account

According to the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, higher education institutions are increasingly becoming a target for cybercriminals. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) decreases the chances of a security attack because the criminal cannot access data with your login credentials alone.

That’s where Duo two-factor authentication (2FA) comes in — the idea that you are authenticating your identity via two separate factors, one of which isn’t your password.





The Information Security Office is looking for engaged, enthusiastic Security Champs to help us strengthen university-wide information security risk management through education and collaboration.


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Last Updated: 4/3/20