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Information Security


Knowing the facts is your first defense.

These days, threats to our information security are all too common. Attacks can cause loss of trust by users. Data can be compromised. Forced downtime can cripple campus functions.

Your awareness of information security basics can make all the difference.

First, Some Definitions


Information security refers to the protection of data. It is concerned about where data is stored and how it moves through networks. It protects both digital and physical data from intruders.

Cyber security is a subset of Information security. It involves protecting digital data by preventing, detecting, and responding to attacks. Another subset, network security, protects data sent through computer and other devices to networks.

Be Aware of Common Risks

  • Your actions as a user of technology matter — a lot. Use caution. Seemingly small acts of negligence can compromise network security on campus.
  • Mobile phones and email phishing scams are especially prevalent threats.

Essential Safety Practices

  • Secure your password: Choose a strong password and never share it.
  • Keep backup files of all important information on your computer.
  • Never open e-mail messages or attachments from unsolicited sources. Doing so can expose your system to destructive viruses and ransomware.
  • Never give out private information to unsolicited emails or telephone calls. In this way you’ll protect yourself from fraud, hoaxes and “phishing” scams.

Protect Yourself. Stay Safe. Learn More.

We’ve Got You Covered


SUNY Plattsburgh has multiple protection systems in place. They include a network firewall, an intrusion prevention system, spam and malware filters, two-factor authentication, and advanced threat detection. These systems work around the clock to help prevent numerous cyber threats to our network and systems, and to our campus community. We invite you to contact us with your questions and concerns.

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