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:
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 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:
Photo of a White T-Shirt with I save digital lives printed on the shirt [View Image]
"I save digital lives" Tee
White T-shirt with I am a security hero printed on the shirt [View Image]
"I am a security hero" Tee
Navy Blue T-shirt with a pattern and Phishers hide in a crowed printed on the shirt [View Image]
"Spot the phish" Tee
White polo with I am a security hero printed on the pocket [View Image]
"I am a security hero" Polo
Dark polo with I save digital lives patch on the upper left chest [View Image]
"I save digital lives" Polo
November 2018 winner: Chief Venuti
Photo of Dan Hand and Chief Venuti holding 2 polos from the security hero campaign [View Image]
December 2018 winner: Joel Eisner
Photo of Joel Eisner, winner of the December Security Hero award. He is wearing a black polo with [View Image]
January 2019 winner: Richard Sliwoski
Photo of Richard Sliwoski, who has won the security hero of the month of January. He is holding a navy [View Image]
February 2019 winner: Modestine
Photo of the security hero for feburary, which is Modestine Carter. She is holding a slate grey [View Image]
March 2019 winner: Emily Kundrot
Photo of Emily Kundrot, who won the security hero raffle for March. She is holding up a phisher hide in a crowd t-shirt [View Image]
April 2019 Winner: Crystal Coombes
A photo of Crystal Coombes holding up a [View Image]
May 2019 Winner: Jackie Meyers
Photo of Jackie Myers holding a Phishers are hide in a crowd T-shirt [View Image]
June 2019 Winner: Matthew MartinPhoto of Security Hero for June. Matthew Martin holding a phishers hide in the crowd T-Shirt [View Image]
July 2019 Winner: Michelle Peace
Photo of security hero for july, Michelle Peace, holding a I save digital lives grey polo [View Image]
August 2019 Winner: Julia Rasnic
Photo of Juliana holding a grey I save digital lives polo [View Image]
September 2019 Winner: Laura Pond
Photo of Laura holding a security hero [View Image]
November Winner 2019
A photo of Monica holding a phishers are hard to spot t-shirt [View Image]
December 2019 Winner : Levi Walters
Photo of Levi holding a I save digital lives T shirt. [View Image]
Janurary 2020 Winner: Louise Wenzell
Photo of Louise holding a phishers are hard to spot T-Shirt [View Image]
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
Photo of security hero winner for June 2020 in a [View Image]
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 email@example.com. She knew to report it to infosec because she gets email reminders to report suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com. This will give you a chance at being featured on the site and scoring a prize! Congratulations to our all our Security Heroes!