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Being Cyber Smart — Email and Computing Safeguards

Monday, May 23, 2022 A Message from Patrick Criss, Director, Information Security Operations Being more connected with all our devices reminds us that being “cyber smart” is of the utmost importance. Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated, with more evolved bad actors cropping up daily. There are several steps that we can take on a […]

Cybersecurity Update: Protect Your Information When...

Monday, April 18, 2022 A Message from Patrick Criss, Director, Information Security Operations Today’s smartphones provide unparalleled convenience and access to our daily lives, with the ability to stay connected on social media, shop for groceries, pay bills and see financial transactions in near real time. The challenge is how to keep these actions safe. […]

Cybersecurity: Protect Yourself From Ransomware and Phishing

Monday, March 28, 2022 A Message from Patrick Criss, Director, Information Security With the events that are ongoing in Ukraine, it is important that we are vigilant and take extra care to protect ourselves and Valencia College. The most common method of cyberattacks is through email (phishing) — attempts to trick users into clicking a […]

Cybersecurity: Data Privacy Day Is January 28

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 A Message from Patrick Criss, Director, Information Security Operations Data Privacy Day is observed worldwide each year on January 28 as an effort to raise awareness and improve knowledge on how to stay safe online. As much as we might wish otherwise, it’s a sad truth that there are people online […]

Cybersecurity: Social Engineering — And All Its Moving Pa...

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 A Message from Patrick Criss, Director, Information Security Operations Sometimes, the most powerful tool is a word. Social engineers know that, and they use that tool to bypass all of the automatic protections and preplanned procedures you have in place. A persuasive lie can get an attacker further than a dozen […]

October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month — 10 Tips to...

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 A Message from Patrick Criss, Director, Information Security Operations There is no one single precaution that will protect you from cybercrime and hackers. It’s a combination of things you do and actions you take. Cybercriminals constantly find new opportunities and ways to gain access to your information. Practicing good personal cybersecurity […]

October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Secure Your...

Monday, October 18, 2021 A Message from Patrick Criss, Director, Information Security Operations Mobile devices — including smartphones, laptops and tablets — are always within reach everywhere you go. Whether for work, travel or entertainment, these devices that allow you to feel connected to the world around you, are constantly online sending and receiving signals and becoming a […]

October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Identifying...

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 A Message from Patrick Criss, Director, Information Security Operations One of the most common cyberattacks is phishing. A staggering 91% of cybercrime starts with email, according to a report by security firm FireEye. These emails are designed to deceive and trick recipients into taking action, such as clicking a malicious link […]

October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Monday, October 4, 2021 A Message from Patrick Criss, Director, Information Security Operations Held every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. We are using new technologies and spending more time online. Our growing dependence on technology, coupled with the increasing threat of […]

Cyber Security: How to Stay Away From Cyber Attacks and B...

Monday, August 30, 2021 A Message from Patrick Criss, Director, Information Security Operations At a time when we are more connected than ever, being “cyber smart” is of the utmost importance. This year has already seen more than a fair share of attacks and breaches. Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated with more evolved bad […]