How to Stay Secure During a Global Cyber Conflict

Cybersecurity

Published on March 16, 2022

Given news reports about likely increases in cyberwarfare activity, Computing and Technology Services (CTS) recommends taking protective measures against cybersecurity threats.

During global conflicts, cyber attackers increase malicious cyber activity. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have increased the cyber threat level and have asked us to heighten awareness of cyber threats.

Focusing on fundamentals is key to protecting yourself from cyber-attacks. CTS recommends concentrating on four key points, phishing, passwords, updating and antivirus.

Phishing

Phishing and related scams are when cyber attackers attempt to trick you by asking you to urgently reply with personal information or click a link and enter your username and password. Often these scams are sent as emails, but you may receive them as text messages or phone calls.

CTS strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited communication and avoid clicking on links. Also, do not approve unauthorized Duo multi-factor authentication (MFA) requests. To view recent phishing scams, visit duq.edu/phishing.

Passwords

Strong passwords are key to protecting your online digital life. Make sure each of your accounts is protected by a unique, long password. Keep passwords updated and secure and never share your passwords with anyone.

If you believe your MultiPass account has been compromised, please reset your MultiPass password immediately and report any suspicious activity to the IT Service Desk via help@duq.edu.

Updating

Keep your computers, devices and apps updated by enabling automatic updating on all devices. Cyber attackers look for new vulnerabilities in devices and software you use. Keeping devices updated ensures these known weaknesses are fixed and your devices have the latest security features. To view tips on safe computing, visit duq.edu/safe-computing.

Antivirus

CTS recommends that all students, faculty and staff install Sophos Home antivirus software on personally-owned computers and devices and University-owned devices not managed by CTS. Sophos is provided to the Duquesne community at no cost and provides advanced, real-time protection from malware, ransomware and hacking attempts. CTS provides Sophos on Duquesne University computers managed by CTS. For more information about downloading Sophos, please visit duq.edu/sophos.

Questions or concerns?

Taking the right cybersecurity measures and being alert and aware when connected are key ways to prevent cyber intrusions and online crimes during global conflicts. Continue to focus on the fundamentals and you will go a long way in protecting yourself and our Duquesne University community, no matter who the cyber attacker is.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the IT Service Desk at 412.396.4357 (HELP), help@duq.edu or duq.edu/chat.