Information Security

Community Spring Shred Fest

IT Services is proud to partner with R4 and the Office of Sustainability for Spring Shred Fest!

Help protect yourself from identity theft! Bring documents that contain your personally identifiable information (PII) – such as bank statements, credit card applications/statements, receipts, tax returns, medical records, etc. – and we’ll securely shred them on-site.

We are also accepting removed hard drives and e-waste at this event which will be shredded securely off-site. Click here for a list of accepted items.

Join members of Information Security in the south parking lot of the Press building (1427 East 60th St.) on April 18th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Enjoy a free taco dinner and giveaways when you stop by!

Information Security Training

Read our FAQ for more information about Core Information Security Awareness training.

Phishing Alerts

Listed below are the latest phishing scams that have been acted upon by Information Security. Think you’ve received a phishing email? Don’t click it, report it.

Email Scam (May 23, 2023): OVERDUE FEE !!

From: "Siyang Chen" Date: Wed, 24 May 2023 02:36:20 +0000 Subject: OVERDUE FEE !! Dear Uchicago User, Your University of Chicago billing statement is still available. Please note the University does not issue paper bills. You have an overdue fee...

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Email Scam (Mar 11, 2023): OVERDUE FEE NOTICE !!!

Dear user,   Our record shows that you have a pending overdue administration fee of $2.25 yet to be paid to the University. Several emails have been sent in regards to this payment. We would appreciate you completing the payment today to avoid your portal...

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Security News

Check here for the latest security alerts that may affect you.

Don’t Wait to Update

One of the easiest ways to keep your information secure is to keep your software and apps updated. Update often. Always keep your software updated when updates becomes available and don’t delay. These updates fix general software problems and provide new security...

Multi-factor Authentication for the Win!

According to a 2021 PC Mag study, 70% of people admit they use the same password for more than one account. Using weak or similar passwords makes a hacker's life a lot easier and can give them access to more materials than they could dream of. Enabling multi-factor...

Ditch the Post-It Notes and Use a Password Manager

Most of us manage 100 or more passwords for our online accounts and it can be tough to remember so many unique passwords. If you’re like most people, you’re probably using the same password for most of your accounts—and that’s not safe. Once that single password is...

How to Locate the Report Phish Button

IT Services has implemented an easier way to report suspicious emails from your University Outlook or Gmail inbox. This feature, called Report Phish, allows you to report phishing or other suspicious emails with the click of a button. The Report Phish button will...

Learn How to Refuse the Phishing Bait

Phishing – when a cybercriminal poses as a legitimate party in hopes of getting someone to engage with malicious content or links – remains one of the most popular tactics among cybercriminals today. In fact, 80% of cybersecurity incidents and 90% of data breaches...

Cybersecurity First – Oct 25, 2021

Cybersecurity is a Team Sport Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and the University of Chicago’s security efforts will only be successful when all members of the campus community understand the risks and take steps to avoid them. We offer the following tips to...

Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

Cybersecurity is a dynamic and rapidly growing field, with new threats and challenges emerging each day. And with that, there is a huge push being undertaken by both business and education sectors to attract individuals toward a degree and career in cyber. Whether...

Protecting Yourself Against Ransomware Attacks

In week 1 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we focused on educating you on the different types of phishing attacks we have seen and that many have reported receiving in the UChicago community. The most important element in a successful phishing attack is the human...