Cybersecurity begins with you

October 4, 2019

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month has officially begun yet protecting Yale’s data — and your own personal information — is a year-round job. Staying cybersecure is especially important as the lines between our work and personal lives become increasingly blurred. IT Cybersecurity has suggested four basic steps for each of us to practice this month:

  • Spot the spoof.
    Be wary of unexpected emails. Do not trust email that asks you to enter or verify personal information in reply to the message itself or through a website. Attackers hide their true identities to “spoof” users into clicking malicious links.

    Get Cybersecure to report Spam or Phising
  • Be safe, not sorry.
    Back up your data regularly. Use an encrypted USB whenever possible and avoid using unfamiliar portable media (USBs). Report lost devices containing Yale data immediately.
    Get Cybersecure to report lost or stolen data devices.
  • Working off campus? Safeguard your data.
    Use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to protect your intellectual property, personal information, and Yale’s data. Be wary of public wireless networks, which are major targets for cybercrime. Switch off Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth when not in use.
    Get Cybersecure to Use Yale’s Multifactor Authentication (MFA) Service


  • Create, store, and transmit Yale information securely.
    Everyone must assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Yale data, and ensure compliance with the law. Yale has three levels of security risk—Low, Moderate, or High—for the type of information (data) you work with daily. Find out your level of data classification and the minimum security standards that apply.
    Get Cybersecure to protect your data.

    For additional cybersecurity tips and information, visit IT at Yale Cybersecurity Topics.