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Information Security

The Information Security Office at RIT is here to help! We offer resources and assistance to keep the campus community safe and secure from Internet and various other online threats.

Protect yourself from
Phishing

The ongoing evolution of digital communication also brings about the evolution of scammers and their methods. Phishing is one kind of such fraud, in which the attacker masquerades as a reputable individual or group, in order to trick users into revealing their private information. Check out our resources to learn how not be baited and reeled in!

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Are you the
Weakest Link

Get information on how to safely remove private information from your devices and stay protected. The chain of security is in your hands.

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Guard your
Private Information

The Private Information Management Initiative (PIMI) seeks to identify and reduce the amount of private information found on RIT computers and storage devices.

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RIT Information Security Alert: Urgent-Important Campus Alert! Email

RIT users have received a phishing attempt masquerading as an alert that there's a police situation on campus. The alert is false. Had there been an actual alert, you would have been notified through the RIT Alert emergency notification system. Visit http://emergency.rit.edu/ for more information.

Here's the fake alert:

  From: Bamidele Adekunle <badekunl@uoguelph.cs>  Data: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10:38 AM  Subject: Re: Urgent-Important Campus Alert! (Rit.Edu)    Re: Urgent-Important Campus Alert! (Rit.Edu)  Hello, ... ...

RIT Information Security Advisory - New Ransomware Attack Vectors

Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts a victim's hard drive and then demands that a ransom be paid in order to decrypt the contents. The frequency of ransomeware attacks across higher education continues to increase. The attackers may not come in a way you expect! We're seeing new attack vectors and want you to be aware of them. You may already be careful about opening attachments in email from you computer. Are you as careful when opening attachments or clicking on links on your smartphone or tablet?

Smartphones and other Mobile Devices - 2016 has seen many attacks targeted at Android and... ...

The Danger of Phishing Emails and How to Detect Them

Phishing is designed to lure you into clicking on a malicious link or giving up personal information. The creator of these types of emails can disguise the address of the sender to make it look like the email is coming from a reliable source, use information from your social media accounts to make it more personalized, and choose a subject line for the email based on current events, or something that applies specifically to you. The goal for the attacker is to make these emails look as convincing as possible so the reader will click on any attached links without... ...

The Rise of Ransomware and How to Deal with It

Nearly 50% of organizations have been affected by ransomware. Ransomware is malware in which an attacker can lock you out of your computer or phone, and the only way to unlock it is by paying the attacker the requested amount of money in a designated amount of time. Typically, you would get a message that indicated a certain number of bitcoins to be paid in exchange for your files to be decrypted.

What makes ransomware so dangerous is the fact that you do not even have to come in contact with the attacker in order to be locked out. When... ...

Important Message from Faculty/Staff Phishing Email

A little over a week ago, RIT users were targeted in a phishing attack that masqueraded as important messages. The links provided in the email messages resembled our myinfo page.

Here’s one of the variants below. You’ll note that although the end of the link is myinfo.rit.edu, the first part of the link is to a location in Brazil. Clicking on that link would take you to the website that mimics myinfo.rit.edu, not to the RIT site. 

From: INTERNAL ACCOUNT NAME [mailto:address@rit.edu]

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 3:56 PM... ...