Information Security News and Updates
The information security team is your point of contact for information, training, and resources to help you keep your personal and business data safe. Come here for information, tutorials, and news regarding cybersecurity.
September 30, 2021
Every year for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month we take a moment to assess the past year. What have we been doing, and how has Biola improved? Read this month's article to review our successes and get a sneak peak at what's coming in the next year.
October, 15 2021
To observe NCSAM, we are reviewing three easy steps you can take today to become more security-minded and protect yourself from security threats.
March 5, 2021
Did you know that attackers discover new vulnerabilities every day in operating systems and software, which they can exploit to steal your data?
This month we explain how simply restarting your computer regularly can protect you from these vulnerabilities.
December 18, 2020
Every software purchase comes with risk because Biola's data is involved.
This month we explain IT’s technology review process, and how you can contribute to acquiring new software quickly and painlessly.
November 28, 2020
In the near future, Google 2-Step Verification will be enforced for all Biola-managed email accounts.
This month, we explain what 2-Step Verification is and how to enable it.
October 12, 2020
For Week 2 of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we review sound data sharing practices with another episode of this cybersecurity video series.
October 6, 2020
For the first week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), we review secure password habits with the first episode of this humorous video series.
August 25, 2020
Phishers use techniques that allow them to send email from another person's email address without logging in to their email account.
This month, we explain how you can use email headers to identify email address spoofing.
July 23, 2020
Over the past few months, we have seen attackers continue to target Biola employees with imposter fraud in the form of phishing emails. Most often, these imposters use sender names as a disguise.
This month, we explain the importance of verifying a sender's email address.
June 22, 2020
These days, hackers don’t break in, they log in (with your credentials).
This month, we want to encourage you to keep your guard up. Phishing and social engineering attacks continue to be the most common attack vector used by cyber criminals.
April 22, 2020
Attackers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 situation to capitalize on the fear people experience during a crisis.
This month, we explain the most common COVID-19 scams we have seen since March, and ways you can stay safe.
March 24, 2020
While working from home during the COVID-19 situation, it’s important to practice secure remote computing.
This month, we cover special considerations for working remotely, and for using a personally-owned computer for work.
February 20, 2020
Every day, as you interact with technology, you are adding to your digital presence at home and at work. When you’re no longer available, you’ll leave all your accounts and files behind as a digital inheritance for others to manage.
This month, we talk about safe ways to prepare your digital inheritance for others.
January 15, 2019
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to access a coworker's business data, but they were out of the office or unavailable? These situations are common and illustrate the need for sound business continuity practices.
You are responsible to make business data available in your absence so that your team’s work can continue.
December 13, 2019
Sensitive data is any information that we don't make publicly available. But where should we store sensitive information? And how should we share it with our coworkers?
The way we store and share private information is the backbone of information security.
November 12, 2019
As an employee at Biola, if you collect any information about a person as part of your job, it’s your duty to secure that information, and use it responsibly.
This month, we look at data privacy..
October 24, 2019
For our last week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we focus on your security-mindedness — specifically how to protect yourself against social engineering attacks.
October 16, 2019
Own it. Secure it. Protect it. That’s the 2019 theme for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
This week, we review some simple but powerful tech tools for securing your devices and personal information.
October 9, 2019
Social media is a great resource, but it doesn’t come without risks for you, your family, your friends, and your employer. When risk is present, we have a responsibility to keep ourselves and our community safe.
This week, we highlight three areas of responsibility when using social media sites.
October 3, 2019
One year ago, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018, Biola launched our university’s Information Security Program.
So what have we being doing at Biola to stay secure?
August 16, 2019
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts your files so that you can’t open them without a decryption key.
With a few simple habits, you can protect yourself and Biola against ransomware attacks.
June 17, 2019
Everyone likes free WiFi. But when you're doing Biola work from off campus, you need to make sure your network connection is protected from cyber attackers trying to steal your sensitive information.
You can use Biola’s VPN (Virtual Private Network) service to solve this problem..
May 8, 2019
It’s the end of another year at Biola, and many of us have travel plans for the summer. So this month, we share tips for protecting your technology and personal information while traveling.
April 15, 2019
We know that cyber attackers can target you using information they find on public websites.
But what about social network sites, where you choose what you reveal about yourself online? Your interests, location, habits, friends, and family. Attackers can use this information for nefarious purposes.
March 15, 2019
Stay on guard.
Nearly every week, we see cyber attackers target specific Biola employees using personal information they find online. Learn how to best defend yourself against these targeted attacks.
February 14, 2019
We all know sharing passwords is unsafe. And yet, nearly every week, Biola employees log in to a
coworker’s computer or email account. This is a security risk.
This month, we give you solutions for sharing data access without sharing passwords.
January 15, 2019
Passphrases are more secure than traditional passwords against common hacking techniques, but are easier to create and to remember. Learn how you can create a passphrase that takes over 330 billion years to crack.
December 10, 2018
Turn on Google 2-Step Verification for your Biola email account right away. 2-Step is your best defense against phishing attacks. It takes about a minute to set up.
November 9, 2018
Last year, nearly 500 Biolans were phished in a single day. You are a target for phishing attacks. Learn how to recognize phishing attacks, to make sure that you don't take the bait.
October 15, 2018
In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, here are 3 easy things you can do right now to protect your personal information and stay safe online.
October 1, 2018
Cyber attacks happen every day, and any one of us could be the point of a Biola data breach. In conjunction with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Biola's Information Security team is launching a new information security program for the university.
October 1, 2018
Learn how to use 2-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra layer of security on top of your password. Use 2FA to keep other people out of your account, and set up the best defense against phishing attacks.