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Cybersecurity: Where to learn more

Monday, October 30, 2017
Sean O'Malley  

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month may be winding down, but the practices and habits of safe computing should be a year-round affair. The resources below can help you improve your security to protect both your own data and the university's.

Multi-Factor Authentication

The name may sound complicated, but the concept is a simple one: add a step to your online logins that requires you to verify that login using a device that only you have access to, like a cell phone. Ohio University offers this service to all employees. Many major online providers, including Apple and Google, also have multi-factor available, as do many banks. We strongly recommend using this security feature wherever you can.

OHIO Employees: Opt-in to protect your email

Security at Ohio University is everyone’s responsibility. As a University employee, your personal OHIO email account is a valuable target for scammers and cybercriminals. The best way to protect your email is to opt into multi-factor authentication.

Opting in to multi-factor is easy. Just log into account.ohio.edu and look for the multi-factor authentication section. There’s nothing new to learn, no new apps to install, and a lot of security to gain. After you opt in, you’ll use the same Duo mobile app or text/phone call verification for Catmail that you already use when logging into restricted OHIO services like My Personal Information, PeopleSoft, and e-Biz. 

Everyone: Use it where it's available

Apple and Google both offer multi-factor authentication. With Apple, you can add the security feature to your Apple ID to protect against unauthorized purchases, while Google offers similar protection for its main account login with services like Gmail. If an online provider offers this security feature, we recommend enabling it. Likewise, ask your bank if they offer multi-factor or two-factor authentication. 

Security Resources

OIT Security

Visit the OIT Security Office home page for personal security tips, real world examples of phishing scams that have targeted our community, and lots of resources for securing the university's data and your own.

External resources

The SANS institute offers many free, online resources to help you improve your digital security, including the popular OUCH! newsletter. The NSCA's Stay Safe Online also includes great, free resources, as does the Federal Trade Commission's On Guard Online program.

Free online courses

Want to get an insiders perspective on IT security? Cyber Aces offers free online IT security courses. Whether you just want to know more about protecting yourself, or if you are considering a career in IT security, these courses are a great resource.


Related Links

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Multi-factor authentication
SANS newsletters
NSCA Stay Safe Online