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MU Information Technology - Cybersecurity Awareness Month

 


What is Cybersecurity and Why is it Important to Me?

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting your data and devices from being attacked. Cybersecurity should be important to everyone because we all have personal and sensitive data online. If you are interested in learning more about cybersecurity, visit the National Cyber Security Alliance website at staysafeonline.org.

 

Email Security Tips

Mercer IT works to put robust security tools in place, but anyone can unwittingly fall for a malicious email scam. These scams could potentially infect the entire network. This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we have outlined some tips to help keep you and your data safe.

  • Don’t Move Your Junk! It is best to leave email found in your junk or spam folders unless you are 100% certain of the sender.
  • Don’t Get Attached! Always think twice before opening email attachments unless you are confident in the source.
  • Pause Before you Click! Be cautious of clicking on links in email from unknown senders.

 

Password Security Tips

The first line of defense to protecting your data is your password(s). We have compiled a list of password security best practices to help.

  • Phrase Your Password! Create a fun passphrase of at least 15 characters such as Giv3Th3mTh3Claw$&!
  • It's not Nice to Share! Never use your Mercer passphrase on other websites or applications.
  • Give me Two-Steps! Take advantage of multi-factor authentication (MFA) to add an extra level of security.

 

Security Alerts

We are Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champions and are always here to help! Mercer IT works year-round to prevent malicious messages from reaching your inbox.

Did you know...we monitor and post known phishing emails and security breach information to our website? Visit the IT website and select the Security Alerts tab to learn more.

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