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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 link at https://security.cuny.edu 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

YC Cardinal Mobile App Security Awareness
Please be aware that using web based applications outside of those hosted by York College increases exposures to your ability to protect data and confidential information. It is imperative that best practices and University guild lines are followed when creating accounts and establishing passwords. This document serves to remind all students, faculty and staff using YC Cardinal Mobile App not to use the same password as your York email or York network account. Please follow the instructions below if you need to reset your password in the YC Cardinal Mobile App.

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

Vice Chancellor and University CIO message on Cyber theft & Security Breaches
Read this important message from our Vice Chancellor and University CIO on the increasing security issues affecting all CUNY's colleges.

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 https://security.cuny.edu 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.