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Be CyberSafe every day with these 3 tips

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a perfect opportunity to pause, reflect and recommit to staying safe and secure online. This October, the University of California’s theme is: “Protect Your Digital Life – Be CyberSafe.”

Follow these three tips to be CyberSafe every day

1. Think before you click
While UCOP continues to enhance email security, you are our strongest defense. If you receive a phishing or suspected phishing email, please report it by using the Report Message > Phishing option in Outlook.

2. Protect your credentials
More than 86% of web application attacks involve stolen or compromised credentials. UCOP’s DUO multi-factor authentication (MFA) solution is one tool to protect you from unauthorized use of your applications and data if your user ID and/or password becomes compromised, but even with DUO, it is important to remain vigilant and not fall prey to an MFA fatigue attack. If you receive many DUO prompts in rapid succession “out of the blue,” do not approve them. Report your situation to as soon as possible. You can also report by clicking the “I’m not logging in” button on the mobile device prompt window.

3. Help keep UC data secure

  • Send sensitive data securely to individuals in any organization using GoAnywhere (SecureShare). Messages and files must be encrypted, uploaded and stored on a secure web server. Ensure data is backed up to a secure location, such as Box or OnBase. This is one of the strongest defenses against ransomware.
  • Another great way to keep UC data secure is to leverage data classifications in Box. These can be added manually or, in some cases, automatically based on certain sensitive data types in files. The classification levels currently available are P3 and P4.
  • Take care not to download sensitive data to UCOP laptops; they are not backed up and data cannot be recovered if the device is lost, infected with malware, or stolen. Data should never be downloaded to personal devices or external drives. If you require support in securely moving data, please contact

Learn more about Cybersecurity Awareness Month at UCOP

Visit the UCOP Information Technology Services Cyber Security Awareness Month website to learn more about how UCOP is working to keep our data safe and read an interview with Manager of Infrastructure Applications Support Bobby Cook.

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