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Security Highlights for Students
The beginning of a sophisticated cyber-attack usually starts with a phishing scam. A phishing scam is a social engineering attack that utilizes phone calls, email, social media, or a text message to trick a victim into disclosing information that he or she would typically not disclose. The end goal of phishing scams is usually the theft of login credentials such as usernames and passwords. Armed with the username and password of an individual, a cyber adversary can then masquerade as the victim, steal his or her personal information protected by those credentials.
Please be aware of "job offer" and "money transfer" scams targeting students. No legit company will hire people through emails and without an Interview; if a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is a scam. Please visit our information to learn how to protect yourself from phishing
Please report actual or suspected phishing attempts and scams to the Information Technology Service Center at email@example.com, 804-828-2227, or directly to the Information Security Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downloading Using the VCU Network
Illegal downloading using the VCU Network — including the wireless network — is not only against VCU policy but is also unlawful. Large media companies such as FOX, Universal, Paramount, and HBO monitor this illegal activity. Users should pay for their content to avoid conduct and legal issues. Visit our webpage
for more information.
VCU is enhancing its security systems to protect the University community from cybercriminals. Consider signing up for the VCU 2Factor authentication system to protect your account better. For more information, please visit VCU 2Factor
Protecting Your Personal Devices
Other Security Tips
Visit the Security Awareness and Training site for more tips on how to protect yourself and your identity.
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VCU Information Technology Policies, Standards, Baselines and Guidelines, and General Information Security
Please review the Student Email Standard.