The CSU East Bay Information Security Office (ISO) is aware of new Spam and Phishing attempts using the current Coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic as their theme. We see malicious attempts increase during any major event that dominates the news, be they weather-related (hurricane/tornado), or health-related (such as COVID-19). Scammers will take advantage of any opportunity to try and take personal information from you.
Spam and Phishing emails often follow the same format, written to promote urgency and fear so that you will provide personal details before you take a moment to verify the credibility of the sender or the message. Additionally, scammers will use robocalls and text messages to impersonate people you may know and trust, intent on getting you to reply.
The ISO recommends the following steps be taken to ensure your online security during these times:
If you have any doubts or questions regarding the validity of an email, please contact the Information Security Office at email@example.com.
More information about Phishing can be found at our page:
Visit the Federal Trade Commission for information on Coronavirus scams:
Further tips about safely handling email and attachments can be found at:
”Zoom-Bombing” - Protect Yourself While Teleconferencing with Zoom
The CSU East Bay Information Security Office (ISO) is following reports of hijacking being done to users of the Zoom teleconferencing application. Instances of this activity, known as “Zoom-bombing”, have taken place across the country while communities are sheltering-in-place and moving to virtual conferencing services.
Each virtual teleconference application has its own unique settings and configurations, with Zoom being no different. The ISO recommends the following steps be taken to increase the security of your Zoom sessions:
Please note: during any online conferencing, be aware of what type of information is being shared. While you may not be actively recording the Zoom meeting using the software directly, there is no method to determine another remote user is not recording their screen. The CSU has “Data Classifications” that identify what types of information may fall into which category, so be thoughtful about what you might be discussing.
If you have any questions about securing Zoom, please contact the Information Security Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about Zoom can be found here:
Dr. Levent Ertaul, a Computer Science Professor at CSU East Bay, will be giving a talk on Cyber Security and Privacy on Monday, October 28th from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Biella Room, LI 2126. He will be discussing vulnerabilities and security issues in cyberspace. Pizza will be provided during this lunch time event.
To promote cyber security awareness this year, the Information Security Office will be hosting a U-Hour presentation on "Social Engineering & Trust Online". This presentation will discuss modern methods used to socially engineer people online, why trust is becoming harder to guarantee, and how to improve your defenses.
The U-Hour presentation will be held on:
Additionally, we will hold "Cyber Clinics" in LI 2501. Campus members are welcome to drop by these casual sessions with questions about mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) and get tips on how to keep them secure and private.
Cyber Clinics will be open on:
Throughout the month, we will send out a tweet with a tip to help keep you secure online. Also, each Monday starting on the 7th, be sure to look for a Cyber Security Mad Lib to share out and enjoy. Our Twitter account is @CSUEB_ITS.
Cybersecurity Mad Lib for October 28:
Dr. Levent Ertaul, a Computer Science Professor at CSU East Bay, will be giving a talk on Cybersecurity and Privacy on Monday, October 29th from 12:15 to 1:30 PM in the Biella Room, LI 2126. He will be discussing vulnerabilities and security issues in cyberspace. Pizza will be provided during this lunch time event.
As part of an effort to promote cyber security awareness at the University, the Information Security Office (ISO) at Cal State East Bay is hosting several events in October, for National Cyber Security Awareness month. Starting with a booth at Al Fresco, where students received information on how to protect themselves online and participated in a quiz about cyber security to win a prize.
Dr. Levent Ertaul, a Computer Science Professor at CSU East Bay, will be giving a talk on Cybersecurity and Privacy on Thursday, October 27th from 12 to 1 PM in the Library Biella Room. He will be discussing vulnerabilities and security issues in cyberspace. PIZZA will be provided during this lunch time event.
The Company Man: Protecting America's Secrets - A short film aimed at educating anyone with a trade secret about the threat and how they can help mitigate it. Based on an actual case, The Company Man: Protecting America's Secrets illustrates how one U.S. company was targeted by foreign actors and how that company worked with the FBI to resolve the problem and bring the perpetrators to justice.
View this movie online FBI The Company Man Movie.
Game of Pawns - To help raise awareness of the foreign intelligence recruitment threat to U.S. college students while studying overseas, the FBI offers a variety of useful resources, including the below interview with a former student caught up in illegal activity.
View this movie online FBI Game of Pawns Movie.
Please contact the Information Security Office at: email@example.com