Be Aware of Cyber Security Threats and the Ways to Protect Yourself

Cyber attacks against universities are on the rise, and we need your help to keep NYU cyber-safe. Check out the interviews featuring NYU CIO Don Welch and CISO Richard Sparrow, as well as articles and videos about scam emails, ransomware, good passwords, and more.
Let's all work together to #KeepNYUCyberSecure.

CIO and CISO Interviews

Throughout October, there will be new interviews on cybersecurity topics impacting NYU, featuring Don Welch, Vice President for Information Technology and Global University CIO, and Rich Sparrow, Associate Vice President and Global University Chief Information Security Officer.


Why are Universities a Cyberattack Target?

In this interview, NYU CIO Don Welch and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Rich Sparrow explain why universities are a popular target for cybercriminals.


Phishing Uses Deceptive Email to Get Access

NYU CIO Donald Welch speaks about phishing, the threat it poses to NYU, and what the NYU community can do to protect each other.


NYU CISO Rich Sparrow discusses how to stay secure and responsible while using social media, and how oversharing can be a cybersecurity threat.


Ransomware is a form of malware that can encrypt files and block access to all data on your device and on networks. It is the #1 cyberthreat to institutions and universities because of the data these organizations hold.

Don’t Let Them Lock You Out of Your Own Computer

Updated for 2022! Learn more about ransomware, including info about some recent attacks on universities, and find out more about the steps you can take to protect yourself and NYU.


Protect Against Ransomware

In this short video, get an overview of what ransomware is, the threat it poses to NYU, how it spreads, and what you should look out for.


Phishing is a social engineering attempt to trick you into revealing personal or sensitive information, and/or installing malware on your device. These messages can be delivered by email, phone call, SMS text message, or other means, including pop-ups on webpages, fake login pages, paid ads, social media posts and messaging, as well as unsolicited tech support.


Phishing Uses Deceptive Email to Get Access

NYU CIO Donald Welch speaks about phishing—what it is, the threat it poses to NYU, and what the NYU community can do to protect each other from it and other forms of cyberattack.

  • Did you get a phishing email? Forward it to and help the University block future phishing emails.

Phishing, Spear Phishing, and Whaling

This article explores the variations of phishing, which have distinguishing features that may be categorized using terms such as spear phishing or whaling.

  • Did a phishing message get you? Hey, it happens. Immediately reset your NYU password—and do the same for any accounts that use the same password

Secure Passwords

A strong password is your first line of defense against cyberattacks. NYU has a number of guidelines in place to help you ensure your password is secure, but there are other things you can do to make sure even a good password doesn't get compromised or cracked.


Lock Down Your Login

In this short video, learn the basics about creating a secure password, keeping it secure, and how an insecure or leaked password can impact you and others.

Under Lock and Passphrase

In this article, learn how you can use a password manager to relieve the hassle of remembering lots of complex, secure passwords.

Social Media Oversharing

Protect your privacy and the privacy of others by not oversharing, and make sure your privacy selections in each platform reflect your preferences. Social engineers and other malicious actors harvest information from social media sites to use in targeted attacks. Learn to be active on social media in ways that don't compromise your security and the security of friends, family, colleagues, your employer, and any groups, personal or professional, to which you belong.


Don't Overshare on Social Media

Social media can be fun, but what you share online can sometimes be used against you. Watch this short video to learn about ways to keep your personal information safe.

Tools and Resources

It's true—there are a lot of cybersecurity threats out there. Luckily, there are also an ever-growing number of tools you can use to protect yourself and your private info, as well as that of your friends, family, employer, and peers. No single tool can guarantee complete security, but together, and paired with your own cybersecurity smarts, they go a long way to keeping everyone better protected.


Safe Computing: The Source for Cybersecurity Info at NYU

Check out the new Safe Computing site, full of tips to help to protect your personal information and safeguard the University's network and data.

NYU Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

NYU MFA, using Duo Push, greatly increases the security on your accounts by using your mobile device or tablet to verify your identity. It's become standard for many online interactions and is required for many NYU services.

Malwarebytes: Protect Your Personal Computer

Malwarebytes is anti-malware/antivirus software available free of charge to NYU students, faculty, and staff for use on their personal, non-NYU-owned computers.


VPN: A Secure Internet Connection Wherever You Go

NYU Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides secure, password-protected access to NYU's campus network (NYU-NET) from an off-campus location.

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Cybersecurity Awareness Training, powered by KnowBe4, is an education and training platform that increases the NYU community’s ability to recognize and respond to cybersecurity threats and help avoid simple mistakes that would threaten NYU’s networks and data.

Security News and Alerts Blog

Check out the Global Office of Information Security's Security News and Alerts blog for timely information about cybersecurity threats that could impact NYU, as well as updates about cybersecurity resources and good habits.