Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. UWT is intent on making sure Students, Staff, and Faculty are knowledgeable of the various ways outside groups are attempting to access our protected information.
These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users via ransomware; or interrupting normal business processes. The IT staff works hard on implementing standards that protect our data, but part of that relies on you.
Implementing effective cybersecurity measures is particularly challenging today because there are more devices than people, and attackers are becoming more innovative. Users must understand and comply with basic data security principles. Part of the UWT protection wall is training that is required of Staff and Faculty.
What forms do Cyber Security threats come in?
Phishing - Phishing is the practice of sending fraudulent emails that resemble emails from reputable sources. The aim is to steal sensitive data like credit card numbers and login information.
Social Engineering - Social engineering is a tactic that adversaries use to trick you into revealing sensitive information. They can solicit a monetary payment or gain access to your confidential data.
Ransomware - Ransomware is a type of malicious software. It is designed to extort money by blocking access to files or the computer system until the ransom is paid.
Malware - Malware is a type of software designed to gain unauthorized access or to cause damage to a computer.
Why is Cyber Security Important to the University?
Getting hacked does not only allow outside subversive groups to gain access to our systems and possible confidential information. It can also ruin the relationship between the university and other businesses, organizations, or people associated with the University. It can also cost the University a lot of time and money to attempt to recover from even the simplest of breaches.
Cybersecurity Awareness Training is required of all new employees as a part of the onboarding process and annually for all employees. It is designed to inform you of the steps you can take to protect yourself, and our organization from malicious cyber activity.