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The Long and Short of It: Why Password Length Matters

May 13, 2024 by Keith Barros | IS&T

As a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), my primary goal is safeguarding Chapman University’s digital assets. One of the simplest yet most effective ways to enhance security is by focusing on password strength, and a key component of that strength is password length. Why Longer Passwords? The math behind password security is straightforward: longer passwords

Information Security Tips for the Holiday Season

November 6, 2023 by | IS&T

The holiday season is a time for celebration, giving, and spending quality time with loved ones. However, amidst all the festivities, it’s crucial not to let your guard down when it comes to information security. Cybercriminals are always looking for opportunities to exploit vulnerabilities, and the holidays can be a prime target. Ensure your online

Defending the Digital Realm: Recognizing and Reporting Phishing Attacks for Enhanced Online Security Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 4

October 18, 2023 by | IS&T

In today’s interconnected digital landscape, phishing attacks have become a pervasive threat, constantly evolving to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information or falling victim to various scams. Recognizing and reporting phishing attempts is crucial for safeguarding personal information and protecting others from these insidious cybercrimes. This blog delves into how individuals can recognize and report

Boost Security and Performance: The Crucial Role of Regular Software Updates Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 3

October 12, 2023 by | IS&T

Software updates are pivotal in enhancing security, fixing vulnerabilities, and ensuring your systems run smoothly. Ignoring them can expose your devices to various risks, including cyber threats and reduced performance. Keeping your operating system, applications, and antivirus software up to date is essential to maintaining a secure and efficient digital environment.    When it comes to

Mastering Passwords: Keeping Your Digital World Secure and Accessible Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 2

October 4, 2023 by | IS&T

Think of passwords as the guardians of your digital fortress. Just as you protect your physical keys, safeguarding your passwords is paramount.  Dealing with password creation, storage, and recollection can be a hassle in our online lives. However, it is crucial to recognize that passwords are the initial barrier against cyber threats and data breaches.

Quishing: A New Cyber Threat

October 2, 2023 by | IS&T

Quishing, a combination of “QR code” and “phishing,” represents a growing cybersecurity menace that exploits QR codes to entice individuals into disclosing confidential information. What is Quishing?  Quishing is the process of directing an end user to a fraudulent website through a QR code. The design of QR codes makes it impossible for the user

Unlocking Security: The Importance of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 1

September 27, 2023 by | IS&T

Multi-factor authentication (MFA), also known as two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification, is a security mechanism that requires users to provide two or more different authentication factors before they can access a system, account, or application. These authentication factors fall into three main categories:  Something You Know: This is typically a password or PIN only

Fortifying Your Digital Armor: A Cybersecurity Awareness Month Blog Series Cybersecurity Awareness Month is Coming

September 25, 2023 by | IS&T

October is not just about falling leaves and pumpkin spice lattes; it is also Cybersecurity Awareness Month! This annual event is a crucial reminder of the ever-present need for digital security in our rapidly evolving technological landscape. To celebrate this important occasion, we are excited to kick off a series of weekly blogs covering essential

Update Now: Apple Patches Security Flaw That Allows Device Takeover

September 11, 2023 by | IS&T

According to Yahoo, Apple has released a critical iOS 16 security update for iPhones and iPads to patch a particularly malicious bug that could allow a hacker to take over your device with no action on your part. The “zero-click, zero-day” exploit allows attackers to install NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, which could let them read

A Warning From the FBI: How Bad Actors Use Social Engineering to Enable Hacking of Academia

July 6, 2023 by | IS&T

In today’s interconnected world, academia is increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. The pursuit of knowledge and research makes it a prime target for bad actors seeking to exploit vulnerabilities and gain unauthorized access to valuable information. Social engineering emerges as one of the most insidious methods hackers use to facilitate attacks. The FBI, U.S. Department of

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