As part of October’s National Cyber-Security Awareness Month, Information Technology Services (ITS) hosted its second Cyber-Security Awareness Summit Oct. 25 in the new Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center with livestreaming to Spokane, Vancouver, and Tri-Cities campuses.
Cyber-security is a critical topic for the WSU community. WSU’s Information Security Services (ISS) team, housed within ITS, faces daily attacks on WSU’s systems and data through direct assault, email phishing attacks, and more. In fiscal year 2017 over 650 million malicious actions detected, or 1.8 million per day.
Agnes Kirk, the state’s Chief Information Security Officer, kicked off the day with her keynote address highlighting that Information Security is a team sport and the need for all of us to engage in cyber-security. In a message often repeated at WSU, Kirk reminded attendees, “Don’t click on links. Go to that url yourself…the sophistication of malware is tremendous.”
Additional industry experts continued to share best practices and trends in data security throughout the daylong event, encouraging attendees to enhance cyber-knowledge, join the cyber-security career field, and always be diligent regarding cyber risks while avoiding a culture of fear.
ISS reminds us all: When you receive a suspicious email, err on the side of caution. Forward every email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The staff who manage this email account are quick to let you know the steps taken to shut down any malicious activity.
As the state CISO pointed out, our data is valuable. We are the commodity, so it is up to all of us to engage thoughtfully and with great care.
For more information on information technology and security topics, visit its.wsu.edu.