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Heightened information security vigilance recommended for all Bobcats

The Information Security Office has been made aware of recent reports of potential cyber attacks against the United States stemming from the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The Ohio University community is asked to remain vigilant and take the following steps to reduce the likelihood of falling victim to cybers attacks.

  • Be cautious when opening links or attachments that you have received via email.
  • Visit the Phish Bowl at to see if messages you have received are part of an active phishing campaign against the University.
  • Don’t accept Multifactor Authentication pushes or phone calls that you did not prompt.
  • Keep your devices and apps updated. If you are using a University-owned device, contact the Service Desk or your department’s IT contact if you notice your device is out of date or have questions about your device’s status. 
  • Use strong passwords to log in to services, and don’t share your passwords between services. For example, your Ohio University password should be different than your personal email password.

If you suspect you have fallen victim to a cyber attack, immediately report it to the Information Security Office at or 740-566-7233.

More specific information pertaining to OHIO students, faculty and staff, and researchers is available on the Information Security website

For more information regarding recent cybersecurity and infrastructure news related to this ongoing situation, visit CISA’s Shields Up.

March 29, 2022
Staff reports