Cybersecurity is key as employees work online

This message to all faculty and staff has been approved by Jane Livingston, Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer. 

Now more than ever it’s important to remain vigilant and be a responsible cybercitizen. You may be away from campus for a while, but that doesn’t mean you can forget keeping your and FSU’s information safe and secure online. As you transition to working online, remember these four cybersecurity tips.

  • Be on the lookout for phishing attempts and scams
    • With current events, scammers are taking advantage of the uncertainty and changing nature of today. Bookmark the ITS Phish Tank to see the current scams facing FSU. If you believe you’ve received a phishing email, forward it to
  • Don’t forget about password security
    • While you are away from campus and outside your daily routine, it can be easy to forget passwords and logins. If you need to keep a list of your passwords, use a secure password safe and follow these password tips.
  • Download and update your antivirus software
    • Make sure you are as protected as possible while away from FSU’s secure networks. Update your antivirus software and double-check to make sure your devices are running the most current data security patches from Apple or Microsoft. As an FSU employee, you also have access to various virtual private network (VPN) profiles. Ask your department’s IT professional which network is best for you.
  • Be mindful of what you are showing on your webcam
    • With many meetings and presentations moving to Zoom or another web conferencing tool, make sure you are mindful of what is being displayed behind you in the video stream. If you don’t want to worry, utilize Zoom’s customizable background images or just make sure you aren’t showcasing any personal information in the feed.

For more cybersecurity tips for FSU employees, check out the ITS website.