Information security is a collective responsibility, and the VCU Information Security Office needs the VCU community to help it defend our university against various threats that may jeopardize the safety and security of university information. A security hero is someone who actively helps keep the university environment and information safe and secure from harm.
This could be as simple as reporting phishing emails or help others with security best practices. Some examples of what qualifies someone as a security hero are:
- Report Phishing / email scams to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Report suspicious behavior (someone using a PC they should not be etc.)
- Report lost / stolen equipment
- Report potential unauthorized access
By reporting potential security incidents to the information security office quickly, the information security team may be able to quickly substantiate and respond to the potential threat. Therefore, a security hero can potentially save the digital lives of many others; whether they are targets of a scam or have their information included in datasets targeted by the cyber villains.
Please send all reports to email@example.com. Reporting of potential security incidents will enter you into the security hero of the month raffle, and the security hero award will go out at the end of the month to the security hero that VCU Information Security Office selects from the entries.
The security hero of the month can choose one of the following exclusive shirts/polos:
"I save digital lives" Tee
"I am a security hero" Tee
"Spot the phish" Tee
"I am a security hero" Polo
"I save digital lives" Polo
November 2018: Chief Venuti
December 2018: Joel Eisner
January 2019: Richard Sliwoski
February 2019: Modestine
March 2019: Emily Kundrot
April 2019 Winner: Crystal Coombes
This month's security hero for the month of May is Jackie Myers!
Jackie works for VCU Human Resources as a payroll manager. Jackie has been with the university for over 30 years! Jackie came to VCU because someone she knew reccomended that she come work for us. Jackie is a security hero because she reported a phishing email in which someone asked to update their payroll information, but the email it was sent from was suspicious. It was not from the peron's VCU email account and it also did not look like it belonged to the person who it claimed to be. That made Jackie suspicious, she then checked the phishing page and recalled her security training, she then reported the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once investigated, it was determined that the email was indeed a phishing scam!
Also, Jackie's a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan. She enjoys watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy (the original!), the original Star Wars triology and the Harry Potter movies.
Please report phishing scams or any other suspicious computer usage to email@example.com. This will give you an entry into the monthly raffle. Thank you Jackie for her hard work protecting the university online. Congratulations to our seventh security hero, Jackie Myers!