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Why is information security important?

Email addresses, phone numbers, and other public information, including your major or department, are all available on university websites.

This makes you a prime candidate for targeted attacks.

Good information security habits aren't just for geeks — they help safeguard your personal information, protect your devices, and prevent theft. 

Learn ways to strengthen your online safety and security in our Canvas training course (login required). Topics include creating stronger passwords, avoiding scams, posting to social media with more caution, and installing antivirus software and system updates.

Take the Canvas Course

Additional cybersecurity training and IT resources

Security tips

We can all do a little better when storing and securing our data and devices. Here are some tips on how to keep both safe from would-be criminals.



Scam safety tips

Criminals often try to compromise devices, trick you into revealing valuable personal info, or con you out of money, etc. But you don't have to fall for it.


IT guides

These guides provide a quick glance at some of the digital resources available to U students, faculty, and staff, and some answers to common questions.


IT resources

We could all use a little help when it comes to our online safety and security — these UIT and national IT resources are a great place to get started. 


Report suspicious activity

If you experience a cybersecurity incident, please report it to the Information Security Office at or

If you cannot tell whether an email is legitimate, please forward it to or call your respective help desk:

Campus Help Desk: 801-581-4000, option 1

University of Utah Health Service Desk: 801-587-6000

Last Updated: 3/17/22