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Defend your data: IT Offering Free Cyber-Security Awareness Training

*West Virginia University has more than 8,400 employees _ and 8,400 potential targets for hackers, phishing scams and identity thieves. The Office of Information Technology can help reduce the risk of becoming a statistic.

Throughout the spring semester, security awareness manager Bob Meyers will be leading free classes in Cyber-Security Best Practices. The first is Friday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon at computer lab G14 in the Evansdale Library.

See the complete schedule and register at http://oit.wvu.edu/training/schedule/ or register by email via workshop@mail.wvu.edu.

One of the greatest threats facing WVU users is “phishing,” or a fake e-mail that appears to be legitimate but actually aims to steal valuable personal information such as credit card or Social Security numbers. These phishing attempts typically request usernames and passwords. Ignore and delete any such requests. Official WVU sources will never ask for your username and password. “Spear phishing” attacks are those that specifically target WVU users.

Meyers urges WVU students and employees to be suspicious of emails that warn of dire consequences unless there is an immediate response.

Departments and units that want to arrange individual training sessions for employees should contact Bob Meyers at 304-293-8502 or remeyers@mail.wvu.edu.

For the latest on training opportunities, phishing attacks, new tools, service outages and more, follow @WVUITServices on Twitter or visit it.wvu.edu.