In corona times, we do not only have to protect ourselves from COVID-19: Especially in this phase, cyber attacks and viruses on the computer have an easier game. So watch out, washing your hands is not sufficient!
All universities deal intensively with the topic of IT security and people’s awareness. One of the campaigns running at ETH is the PROTECT YOUR BRAINWORK. campaign. Let’s take a look at the EPFL library in Lausanne and their solution for IT security awareness.
A working group of the IT security
delegates has completely revised the security information for IT
Services. The simplicity of the website is deceptive. To
put it simply: Nothing about this website has been left to chance.
What has been replaced on the Website?
Up until now, when an ETH member
searched for information about IT security in the search field on the ETH
website, the results were, shall we say, lacking. There was a page for IT
Services online but the content was randomly selected and disorganised. As a
result, the site was not able to fill the need for reliable information.
Emails are a practical and useful means
of communication. However, they are often used by fraudsters to steal
confidential data such as passwords or bank information. These so-called
phishing emails pose a real risk. Not all of them can be automatically detected
and stopped by technical email filters. This also means that phishing emails
cannot be prevented from appearing in your mailboxes now and again.
The new IT security campaign has started – “Protect your Devices” with the focus on “Prevent theft – reduce losses”.
Photos, final theses, e-banking – mobile work anywhere, anytime has long since become an everyday occurrence. With this in mind, most users own several devices: a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop. Protecting these devices against theft and unauthorised access is worthwhile, because insecure devices also put your data at risk. Information security starts with the end device. PROTECT YOUR BRAINWORK. Read more
Sophos Exploit Prevention (SEP) in the Sophos Enterprise Console (SEC)
NotPetya and WannaCry kept the entire IT landscape on its toes in 2017, and it was replaced at the beginning of 2018 with Spectre and Meltdown. This meant IT security became an everyday topic, and not only for specialists. Even though such massive problems are initially very bad news for the reputation of an entire sector, there are nevertheless some positive side effects. In this case, it means above all that “Security Awareness” was once again on everyone’s mind. This in turn often produces the need for new products and services. Read more