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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2016: Can you spot a malicious or compromised site?

Malicious and compromised websites are typically fake sites that resemble their legitimate counterparts down to every detail—except for the URL. Users rarely intend to stumble upon such a site but find themselves here by either mistyping a URL or browsing aimlessly. The term used for these nearly legitimate URLs is known as “typosquatting.” Typosquatting sites…

Posted by on October 27, 2016 in News, , , , , , , ,


Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2016: 8 ways to protect yourself from identity theft

Identity theft has progressively become a serious problem that claims innocent bystanders as victims every day. Preventing identity theft begins with understanding the basics of managing your personal information carefully and sensibly. By following these eight precautions, you can help protect your identity and personal information: Be careful saving and storing information on your computer….

Posted by on October 19, 2016 in News, , , , , , ,


Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2016: The 411 on ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that is frequently delivered through phishing emails to an end user. Today, most variants of ransomware are designed to encrypt files on the infected system and network. This type of ransomware is called crypto-ransomware.  Other variants have been known to erase files. Once blocking access to the system is…

Posted by on October 12, 2016 in News, , , , , , ,


Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2016: Tips to protect yourself from phishing

Phishing is an attempt at identity theft using email and fraudulent websites in order to obtain personal data, such as account names, passwords, social security numbers, credit card numbers or other personal identification information. Criminals will send emails to lists of email addresses they have either found or stolen online. These emails can come from…

Posted by on October 5, 2016 in News, , , ,


Case Study 6: Creating a Secure Password

This is the sixth and final case study to be released during October for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Passwords are considered one of the weakest points that hackers use to infiltrate an organization and begin stealing valuable information. The news about the Ashley Madison breach revealed some startling information about the passwords that people used…

Posted by on October 26, 2015 in News, , , , ,


Case Study 5: Practice Safe Web Browsing to Avoid Ransomware

This is the fifth of a series of case studies to be released during October for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Vanderbilt IT will publish new case studies Mondays and Thursdays throughout the month. One of the latest threats in the cyber world is the use of ransomware. Ransomware is defined as a type of malware…

Posted by on October 19, 2015 in News


Case Study 4: USB Devices As Sources of Malware

This is the fourth of a series of case studies to be released during October for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Vanderbilt IT will publish new case studies Mondays and Thursdays throughout the month. Drive-by downloads. Spear phishing. Buffer overflows. Clickjacking. While there are countless ways for malware from the Internet to infect you, you can…

Posted by on October 15, 2015 in News


Case Study 3: The Dangers of Social Media & Keeping Kids Safe Online

This is the third of a series of case studies to be released during October for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Vanderbilt IT will publish new case studies Mondays and Thursdays throughout the month. An estimated 80 percent of teens online use some form of social media and, in doing so, share more information about themselves…

Posted by on October 12, 2015 in News


Case Study 2: Phishing Awareness and Security

This is the second of a series of case studies to be released during October for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Vanderbilt IT will publish new case studies Mondays and Thursdays throughout the month. The healthcare industry has become a large target for phishing because of the amount of accessible data. In April 2015, Seton Healthcare…

Posted by on October 8, 2015 in News


Case Study 1: Android Mobile Device Security

This is the first of a series of case studies to be released during October for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Vanderbilt IT will publish new case studies Mondays and Thursdays throughout the month. In July 2015, a serious security flaw in Google’s Android operating system called Stagefright was disclosed, potentially affecting 95 percent, or 950…

Posted by on October 5, 2015 in News