FAU recognizes the importance of considering multiple strategies to safeguard the university's computing resources, network, and data.

Being able to keep our data and information, as well as our computing resources secure is easier than taking the time that is required to recover information when it is lost.

This Web site was created to serve as a central location to find resources, policies and guidelines that address IT security. The site is maintained by the OIT Information Security team.

***Be Careful of Tax Scams in 2017***

many of you who file your taxes this season can be vulnerable to tax-related scams. Many schemes take advantage of users by alleging to have information about the filer’s refund, or noting a problem with the return that you previously filed.

Vigilance about the security of your online activities is required every day, but is even more important during this time of year. Tax season can be stressful for a lot of people, and cyber criminals exploit this through targeted phishing attacks that try to scare you or entice you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment.

Here are some basic precautions that will minimize risk include the following:

1. Do not respond to emails appearing to be from the IRS. The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email or social media tools to request personal or financial information. The IRS does not send emails stating you are being electronically audited or that you are getting a refund. If you receive an unsolicited email or Phone call claiming to be from the IRS, contact

2. Do not send personal or sensitive information in an email. Criminals may intercept the information.

3. Do not open any attachments or click on links contained in suspicious emails. Common scams push tax rebates, offer you a great deal on tax preparation or offer a free tax calculator tool. If you did not solicit the information, it’s likely a scam.

4. Carefully select the sites you visit. Safely searching for tax forms, advice on deductibles, tax preparers, and other similar topics requires caution. Do not visit a site by clicking on a link sent in an email, found on someone’s blog, or on an advertisement. The website you land on may look just like the real site, but it may be a well-crafted fake.

***PHISHING Email Alert***

Reminder: If you receive a message that is requesting you to verify your account or provides links for you to login to your account, you are advised to ignore such requests. Neither FAU nor legitimate financial institutions will ever ask you for this information via email or via a link in an email.

Office of Information Technology Mission

The mission of OIT is to plan for and provide high quality information technology resources in support of research and teaching across all campuses, and to facilitate the efficient execution of administrative and public service functions of the University.

In keeping with the OIT mission, The Information Security team is committed to protecting information resources that are critical to the academic and research mission of FAU. Information security is vital for providing the FAU University community with accurate and reliable information. Our protection of University assets and information may be governed by legal, privacy requirements and policies. Our focus is to facilitate the securing of all users, systems, and resources connecting to the University data network.

**Malware & Phishing Attacks**

The Information Security Office is providing you with alerts reported to us on known Malicious attacks, Malware, PHISHING, SPAM and other attempts.

Please see list below of the latest threats reported and click on the links to see PDF examples of these threats:

HIPAA Training

The HIPAA Training is requested through opening a ticket on the Help Desk Services Catalog.  The request form can be found on the Help Desk Page HERE..

Online Awareness Training

The Information Security team has created new online security training modules in Blackboard LMS. Please see our instructions on how to access the training.

Security Blogs


Free Security Software Links

Apple Software Malware Removal Tools

 Last Modified 1/25/17