Cyber threats are malicious attempts to disrupt or damage a computer network or system. They may also include unauthorized attempts to access files and steal or infiltrate data.
How to prepare before it happens
- Only connect to the internet over secure, password protected networks.
- Do not open attachments or click on links in emails from people you do not know.
- Do not respond to online requests for personal information.
- Review your privacy settings on social media and limit the information that you share.
- Do not use the same password twice. Choose something that is meaningful to you, but not others and change your passwords often.
What to do when it happens
- If you receive a suspicious email on your WashU account, ask or call before you click. Report phishing emails to InfoSec@wustl.edu for the Information Security Office to review the message.
- If you discover a problem, or believe you’ve been the victim of a cyber-attack, disconnect your device from the internet and report the incident to the Information Security Office right away.
- If you believe your accounts or personal information has been compromised, immediately change your passwords.
What to do right after it happens
- Contact financial institutions where you have accounts and report the incident. Continue to monitor your account information for suspicious activity.
- If you believe you might have revealed sensitive information, alert your immediate supervisor and report the incident to InfoSec@wustl.edu.