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 potiential 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: Chief Venuti
December 2018: Joel Eisner
January 2019: Richard Sliwoski
Feburary 2019: Modestine
This month's security hero for the month of April is Emily Kundrot!
Emily works for VCU Libraries as an Events and Public Relations coordinator. She joined the team in 2016. Emily is a security hero because she reported a phishing email which was impersonating a director. Thanks to Emily's timely report, the Information Security team was able to contain and keep the scam from spreading.
Emily says that she gets a kick out of recieving phishing emails, she especially enjoys reading them to look for any grammer/ spelling errors. Usually in a phishing email, these are common errors that can help you determine if an email is a phishing scam or something legitamite.
Please report phishing scams or any other suspicious computer usage to email@example.com. Thank you Emily for her hard work protecting the university online. Congratulations to our fifth security hero, Emily Kundrot!