About Our Program
The security of SMU data and technology systems is a top priority for the Office of Information Technology. Throughout the year, OIT provides a number of training and educational opportunities to develop user awareness of the various security threats and best practices for security data.
For the past several years, SMU has developed, implemented and expanded a Security Awareness campaign. In 2006 and 2007, we hosted a poster contest where students were encouraged to contribute original works that focus on specific security issues. The top 12 entries were selected to become a part of a calendar which was distributed free of charge to all SMU students and employees. In addition, SMU also distributes pens, post-its, mouse pads and other materials, which promote our Security Awareness program.
SMU distributes 6 newsletters per year, which outline security warnings, and best practices. When appropriate, campus wide email alerts are distributed warning the campus of severe virus outbreaks or phishing attacks.
During the month of October, SMU has promoted Security Awareness Month. As a part of Security Awareness Month, we conduct an email campaign with tips and advice on how to maintain security patches, how to avoid online scams and phishing sites, and advertise what resources are available at SMU to help our constituents with a problem. In 2008 we conducted several specific departmental training programs with a focus on security.
We have implemented 2 online training courses that Students, Faculty and Staff can access at any time. Our basic class, Security 101 covers basic issues like viruses and firewalls, and offers tips on how to spot a fake email. Our intermediate class covers Phishing Scams and SPAM. This training is designed to outline new features available in 2008 to spot phishing sites in a users web browser and how to configure mail filtering to reduce SPAM.
We are committed to expanding our security awareness program over the next several years to include more training opportunities.