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Information Security Update for Students

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Student update  |  October 2014

Each school year Arizona State University is required to inform the student body about the Higher Education Opportunity Act regarding Peer to Peer (HEOA-P2P) file sharing. So here is a quick crash course in understanding HEOA-P2P. If you are a continuing student consider this a refresher in knowing what it means to violate copyright, trademark or patent laws. Specifically, you need to know, and ASU is required to tell you that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject you to federal civil and criminal liabilities. In plain English, this means if you download or distribute media you are breaking the law. read article

At ASU we care about your safety not only on campus but also online. As students and staff, our lives can be so interconnected that we sometimes need reminders of the basics of cyber security. Here is a quick video with 10-tips on how to be web-wise, connect with care, protect your identity and personal information, keep a clean machine, and encrypt everything possible to keep you safe and minimize risks that come from cyber security threats. read article

The underlying principle behind social engineering tactics is that it can be easier to trick people than to hack into their computers, phones or tablets by force. Social engineers get personal information or access to computing systems by exploiting people’s natural tendency to want to trust and be helpful. read article

Cyberspace is woven into the fabric of our daily lives and the world is more interconnected today than ever before. We enjoy the benefits and convenience that cyberspace provides as we shop from home online, bank using our smart phones, and interact with friends from around the world through social networks. The Information Security Office (ISO) is committed to bringing you events, ideas and stuff to raise cybersecurity awareness across the university and ultimately help us all protect ourselves against and know how to respond to cyber incidents. read article

Don't get phished! - watch this short video for some tips on protecting yourself from phishers: http://links.asu.edu/phishingvideo

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