SCAM ALERT: OIS has seen an increase in students being targeted by various scams. Check out our Community Awareness page to learn more about what to look for. 

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If you are the victim of a security-related issue, please use the following form to report it to the Office of Information Security.

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A Message From David McMorries,

The Chief Information Security Officer 

Monday, September 12th, 2022

Welcome back, Beavs!

Campus gets a wonderful infusion of energy and excitement with the return of students and faculty for Fall Term!   We are so happy everyone is back!

The OSU Community aren’t the only ones happy to see students back…cyber scammers have increased the targeting of students with employment scams.  So what do these scams look like, and how can students protect themselves?  First of all, OSU faculty will never reach out to students with an unsolicited job offer by e-mail.  Secondly, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Thirdly, NEVER give banking or contact information over e-mail to someone you do not know.  Lastly, look at the e-mail carefully…does the e-mail have an external banner at the top of it ([This email originated from outside of OSU. Use caution with links and attachments.])?  What is the e-mail address?  If you hover over the name does it actually show something like: [email protected]?  Scammers will also apply pressure to cause action: “This is a new opportunity available only for a short time,” or “You seem like a good fit for this, but you need to contact me today about this.”  If you have any concerns or questions about whether a message you receive is a scam, please send it to [email protected] and we can help you determine if the e-mail is legitimate or not.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!  Look for activities that will be on campus over the month!  We are planning to have several events, including a booth in the Student Experience Plaza on October 12th (come see if you can recognize a phish and win a prize!), a Lunch and Learn about Phishing on October 14th via Zoom, a Panel Discussion on October 18th at the MU Horizon Room over the lunch hour (register for a lunch), and an Information Security Town  Hall on October 26th via Zoom.  We’ll have details posted here on our Information Security webpage!

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Resources for IT Pro Staff

The Office of Information Security is here to assist you in your efforts to keep your network resources protected. We coordinate with academic and administrative units to help develop policy, benchmark and assess our level of risk and educate and inform our community on best practices. We offer Risk Assessment and Forensics services as well as vulnerability scanning.

For a list of current known exploited vulnerabilities, visit the CISA catalog for a full list. To learn more about the resources available for IT Professionals, visit the Infosec Guidebook.


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Resources for the OSU Community

Cyber attackers will be looking for ways to steal info from your computing devices, so we want to arm you with some great resources to protect yourself! Navigate to our Resources tab to familiarize yourself with some OIS terminology using our Glossary, or check out the newest in security news. 

Check out the Online Trainings page for mini-games, quizzes, and general training to increase your cyber literacy. Thank you for helping us Defend Our Cyber Dam!