ALERT: 4 cyber security tips to help you protect your data

Thursday, October 2, 2014

This information was sent in an email message to faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor campus on October 2, 2014.

Hello U-M Ann Arbor faculty and staff,

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and in recognition we are sharing four cyber security tips to help you protect sensitive university information, as well as your personal information. In recent years, cyber criminals have used compromised accounts to send spam email, commit identity theft, redirect paycheck direct deposits, and more. These tips will help you protect yourself and the university.

1. Beware of phishing attempts and email scams

U-M accounts and passwords are valuable to cyber criminals. Guard your UMICH password. Be suspicious of any email asking for your password or personal information. U-M will never send you an email asking for your password. Before entering your UMICH password on a web page, check that the page's web address/URL begins with

2. Secure your personal devices

By utilizing key security settings, using secure network connections, and following some basic device management guidelines, you can protect your devices and data from cyber criminals and identity thieves.

3. Check the Sensitive Data Guide to learn about secure and compliant university IT services

This interactive guide provides information about sensitive data types and the laws, regulations, and policies that govern them, as well as information about which IT services meet those security and compliance requirements.

4. Report IT security incidents

If you suspect unauthorized access to university data, report it. If a device you use to work with sensitive university data is lost or stolen, report it.

Learn more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month Activities at U-M on Safe Computing. Thank you for all you do to protect sensitive university data!

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