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Security Awareness

The following information is critical to the security of everyone especially University data and personal security.

Much of the information on this page comes from CUNY Central's security page where there is additional and current data on the importance of being security-aware when dealing with computing in general.

Security Advisories
These are the more recent security advisories. Every attempt will be made to post the more significant ones for IT use only

Helpful Tips on Security Awareness
The attached PDF has helpful tips for safeguarding against cyber attacks and helping you become more aware of what to do in order to minimize and or avoid compromising your personal or professional data.

Using Caution with Email Attachments & Links
While email attachments are a popular and common way to send and receive documents, they are also a common source of viruses and spam. While our ProofPoint appliance blocks most spam in email, and our virus detection software will screen most malicious attacks caution should still be used when opening attachments, even if they appear to have been sent by someone you know. This PDF from the US-CERT department outlines general guidelines that are part of best practices when it comes to security awareness with email attachments.

Cyber Dos and Don'ts
Office of Information Technology Services Cyber security information for safeguarding and using private, sensitive information and state resources.

All About Encryption
The following section is all about encryption and how it affects you if you are storing University non-public data on your local PC or removable devices

These are some helpful best practices on using passwords

Ransomware Notice
Notification was sent November 20, 2014 to entire campus regarding malware making rounds

Cybertheft and Security Breaches
Vice-Chancellor and University CIO message on Cybertheft and Security Breaches

Non-Public University Data Security
The link here is to our yearly reminder for everyone regarding compliance with the Chancellor's office and the University CIO regarding any system, reports and business processes that contain and /or use non-public University information.

What Do I Need To Know?
The following PDF explains much of what you need to be aware of when it comes to security awareness on campus and off. Please review and follow up by going to the CUNY Central website at for the most current details on security awareness.

90 Day CUNY Central Password Policy Support
As you may be aware of there is a 90 password policy on all systems that require authentication for access. Since the policy was instituted York has attempted to make the process easier by implementing a self service approach to password resets and changes. The attached PDF covers the steps involved in changing your password as well as completing your challenge questions for future changes.