The Security Hero program as been resumed, prizes will be mailed directly to the winners now.
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 data 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 or 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 substantiate and respond to the potential threat quickly. 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 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
November Winner 2019
December 2019 Winner : Levi Walters
Janurary 2020 Winner: Louise Wenzell
We have several winners to annouce as we have been holding back prizes until now!
Our Feburary 2020 Security hero: Maitlan Sullivan (photo and bio to come soon)
Our May 2020 Security Hero: Ryan Lauterio (photo and bio to come soon)
Our June 2020 Security Hero: Rachel Wasilewski
Rachel has been with VCU for about 10 years now! She works as the senior undergraduate enrollment counselor for the College of Engineering. She noticed a strange email that turned out to be a scam, the email claimed to be from a university but upon inspected showed that the email address used was actually a personal gmail account. Be sure to check the email field! Just because the name is someone you recoginize doesn't mean that email is from them! There are people who set up impersonation accounts so always check the sender field in emails! As soon as Rachel realized that this was a scam, she forwarded it to firstname.lastname@example.org. She knew to report it to infosec because she gets email reminders to report suspicious emails to email@example.com, as well as, some of our team stopping by to update her team.
Some fun information about Rachel is that, her favorite movie is Interstellar! She states "It is a beautify cinematography, a moving human story, and some really cool science fiction". As someone who has seent this movie, I agree! In her free time, she likes to go to the gym, read books and play video games with her two small boys.
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 all our Security Heroes!