Due to current circumstances, the VCU Information Security Office has temporarily paused the distribution of prizes. We will resume awarding security hero designations and prizes upon it being safe to do so.
Thank you for keeping VCU safe.
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
This month's security hero for the month of January is Louise Wenzell!
Louise received an email from another .edu account. The email stated that Louise's VCU account was going to be disabled unless she clicked a link and re-activated her account. Louise noticed that the email address, while a .edu address, was not a vcu.edu account. It was also not a service account, that and the broken images in the emails alerted her that this was a scam. Louise immediately reported the email to infosec without clicking the link or answering.
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 15th Security Hero, Louise Wenzell!
We also have finally gotten our prize delivered to Qatar for our November winner: Monica Merlin!
That's right! We have our first winner from Qatar! The Security Hero program is officially international. Monica joined VCUQarts in August 2018 as an assistant professor in the Art History Department.
Monica got an email from what appeared to be her dean. The email asked if she was available, Monica noticed that the email's subject was suspicious. That made her examine the email address closely and saw that it was, infact, not from her dean. The email address was not from VCU, the emailer was impersonating Dean Berbić. Since the email was suspicious, she forwarded it to infosec. We confirmed that the email was a scam. Monica states that she is always careful when online as scams and phishing are so common nowadays - stay alert and keep safe!
Please report phishing scams or any other suspicious computer usage to email@example.com. This will give you a chance at being featured on the site and scoring a prize! Congratulations to our 12th Security Hero, Monica Merlin!