Ohio University

Information Security: IT Services

COVID-19 Stimulus and Relief Check Scams

Bad actors follow the headlines and take advantage of troubling situations. During this unusual time, exercise extreme caution online. Relief and stimulus checks will be sent out using the information on your 2018 or 2019 taxes. There are no steps for signing up. If you need to change your direct deposit information, communicate only with the IRS at irs.gov/coronavirus. Additionally, make sure to never click links in emails and verify all websites you visit are legitimate. For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) Consumer Information website.


Report an Incident

An information security incident is anything that indicates a threat to computer systems or university data. You can report a potential information security incident by email to security@ohio.edu or by phone to 740-566-7233. If the incident involves life or safety, call 911 immediately.


COVID-19 Coronavirus and Cybersecurity

There are cybersecurity aspects to an emergency like the Coronavirus outbreak. For example, fake donations, malware, phishing, and fake news. Be wary of search engine results for Coronavirus that are not from reputable sources. We recommend referring to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) for the latest updates. If you believe you visited a malicious website, contact the IT Service Desk at servicedesk@ohio.edu or 740-593-1222.

Information Security

Service Level Agreement: Information Security

  • Incident Response - Advise on incident response process to minimize the threat of damage resulting from a breach of university data, in addition to notifying proper authorities when confidential data is involved.
  • Forensics and Investigations - Forensic and investigation services by request of specific departments that have investigative authority.
  • Risk Assessments - Security risk assessments based on established frameworks and best practices to help departments identify risks and reduce them to an acceptable level.
  • Vendor Security Review - Assessment of technology solutions to identify risks associated with the vendor, technology, or how it will be used.
  • Consulting - Advise departments on development of best security practices and controls to protect information technology assets.
  • Training and Awareness - Structured educational training and awareness tailored to OHIO faculty, staff, and student employees.
    • Group Presentations - In-person training sessions provide a better general understanding of information security best practices, data protection, and regulation requirements.
    • Self Guided - Online, self-paced training consisting of short videos and accompanying quizzes.
  • Monitoring - Real-time network threat detection by analyzing university owned networks and systems.
  • Information Security Policies and Practices - Develop university policies and standards to continuously protect and secure the institution's data and information resources as well as comply with and maintain legal and contractual requirements.
  • IT Accessibility - New technology evaluation, training, and auditing to ensure technology used by the University is easily accessible by individuals with disabilities.