This message was sent to all UM-Ann Arbor and UM-Flint faculty and staff on October 18, 2018. Similar messages were sent to UM-Dearborn (in early October) and Michigan Medicine (on October 18).
Hello U-M faculty and staff,
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and a reminder that IT security is a shared responsibility. In that spirit, we share the following tips and updates with you.
By using two-factor, you make an enormous difference in the security of your accounts. This extra login step stops an attacker from using your account—even if your password is stolen.
We believe that two-factor authentication does so much to protect university resources and your personal information that we are in the process of making it a routine, expected part of the U-M login process for faculty, staff, and sponsored affiliates for services you log in to via Weblogin. Michigan Medicine began requiring it of employees last week, and UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and UM-Flint will turn it on for employees and sponsored affiliates on January 23, 2019.
- Turn on two-factor for Weblogin now, if you have not already done so.
- Use two-factor for your personal accounts wherever possible.
Learn to recognize phishing and other scams
Criminals use phishing emails and phone scams to attempt to steal passwords, account information, and more. Learn to recognize clues that a message or phone call is fraudulent:
- Phishing & Suspicious Email
- Ransomware: Don't Pay the Ransom!
- Phone Scams and Voice Phishing (Vishing)
- Think about privacy. Watch Privacy - We Are Our Choices and think about the balance between what you disclose about yourself and what you keep private.
- Protect your own privacy. Know and manage privacy settings in apps. See Basics: Protect Your Privacy.
News and events
- SUMIT security conference. Register for and attend U-M's annual cybersecurity and privacy conference—Security at University of Michigan IT (SUMIT)—on the Ann Arbor campus on Thursday, October 25. Find out about other security and privacy events at Safe Computing: Events. In particular, check out National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Activities at U-M.
- IT Security Alerts and News. Check Safe Computing and follow @umichTECH for IT security and phishing alerts, as well as IT security and privacy news.
Thanks for practicing safe computing. It's good for you and the U.
Ravi Pendse, Ph.D.
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
University of Michigan
Interim Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer
University of Michigan
Andrew Rosenberg, M.D.
Chief Information Officer
Chief Information Security Officer
Information Assurance: Michigan Medicine