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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 winner: Chief Venuti
December 2018 winner: Joel Eisner
January 2019 winner: Richard Sliwoski
February 2019 winner: Modestine
March 2019 winner: Emily Kundrot
April 2019 Winner: Crystal Coombes
May 2019 Winner: Jackie Meyers
June 2019 Winner: Matthew Martin
July 2019 Winner: Michelle Peace
August 2019 Winner: Julia Rasnic
September 2019 Winner: Laura Pond
This month's security hero for the month of December is Levi Walters!
Levi noticed an email that was impersonating their department head. Levi saw that the email address was not actually a VCU email address but a Gmail one! Levi knew that they should report the email to someone but were unsure who. Levi first contacted the impersonated person and that person advised Levi to report the email to information security at email@example.com. Levi was wise to check in with the person being impersonated, if you were to do the same, please use another medium of communication (do not reply to the suspicious email and ask if they are legitimate!).
Please report phishing scams or any other suspicious computer usage to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will give you a chance at being featured on the site and scoring a prize! Congratulations to our 14th Security Hero, Levi Walters!
*Longtime readers will notice that we are missing a 13th winner for November 2019. Don't worry - we have a winner and will have an announcement later!