Cyber Smart Week is a national awareness campaign, bringing attention to all the little things each of us can do to increase our cyber resilience and protect ourselves from cyber security threats.
Are you still leaving your digital security door wide open?
So many people are hacked every day and it can happen to you – don’t wait until it’s too late to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Start moving in the right direction now. Here are two great links to get your started:
- Protect yourself online this Cyber Smart Week
- Don’t know where to start with Cyber Security? Learn the basics here
Top tips to protect your cyber security:
Keep yourself updated.
One of the most vulnerable and common channels for attack is outdated software. Cyber criminals have millions of infected machines that continually scan the internet looking for vulnerable devices to attack.
They use holes in software, operating systems and communications, to push their way through the cracks and try to execute code, and once they have a foothold, they can cause a huge amount of damage. Find out how to best look after your devices here>
Taking a break? Lock your laptop
When you step away from your computer, make sure you lock it. We’re not suggesting your colleagues can’t be trusted, but what if you’re out of the room, and then they leave the room too?
Suddenly everything on your computer is available to anyone who passes by. Someone could:
- send malicious emails from your inbox
- steal files
- install and send viruses from your machine
- install malware that steals your credentials
and many other destructive things – all of which you could be held accountable for because you left the ‘front door’ of your computer open. For best practice when taking your coffee break, click here>
Something smells phishy
Can you imagine the headache you’d have if a hacker got access to your social media, banking, dating, or email login details? But these aren’t things you’d voluntarily hand over, right?
Before opening an email you weren’t expecting to receive, consider these questions.
- Is the spelling and grammar in the message correct?
- Does the link and the text match (hover your mouse over the link and you’ll see where it really goes).
- Does the email urge you to take immediate action?
- Does the email address of the sender look reasonable given the content of the email?
- Look at the salutation (does it say ‘Dear Customer’)?
- Look at the signature, a lack of details or how you can contact the company suggests phishing.
- Are you even expecting an email from that sender?
- Is the message asking you to do something unusual? (e.g., buy iTunes cards).
If in doubt, talk to ITS. Here’s how to report a cybersecurity incident:
- Log a ticket on the IT Self Service portal: https://assist.canterbury.ac.nz/selfservice/
- Ring IT Service Desk on 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.
- Visit IT Service Desk located in the Central Library.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org and attach phishing email, ensuring header of scam email is included.
To learn more about Cyber Security here at UC, reach out to our Cyber Programme team>