REMAIN VIGILANT! Please Be Aware of an Increase in Cyberattacks at UC Riverside

UC Riverside is a prime target of attacks from cybercriminals, including but not limited to phishing, ransomware, and job offer scams. Some of these attacks have already claimed victims at UCR this year. The financial, mental, and emotional toll of cyber crime is immense, which is why ITS wants to remind the Highlander community to follow cybersmart practices and remain vigilant when using technology. Visit its.ucr.edu/iso-alerts for current security alerts. Visit its.ucr.edu/cybersmart for cybersmart tips and resources. 

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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Throughout the month of October you’re invited to participate, along with your peers at other UCs, by attending interesting and informative cyber security events hosted by the University of California and UCR Information Technology Solutions (ITS).
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Information About Chime/Go2Bank Solicitations for New Bank Accounts

UC has learned that names, Social Security numbers and other personal information of some members of the UC community may have been used in attempts to open unauthorized bank accounts at financial institutions such as Chime and Go2Bank. UC community members may receive emails asking them to confirm a new account.
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Wex Email About Address Changes

Some UC employees may have received an email from WEX Health about a change in information in their online WEX account. This change is in error and is being corrected. The error is not the result of a security breach and UC employee data has not been compromised.
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Notice of Job Offer Scams Targeting UCR Students

The Information Security Office has been working diligently to investigate and defend UCR against a Job Offer Scam that is primarily targeting UCR students. This is a type of email scam in which the attacker will impersonate the identity of a UCR faculty member or administrator. Using social engineering tactics, the attacker will try to...
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Building Relationships and Trust: The Key to Improving Security

With 20 years of military IT background, UCR’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) John Virden knows when to get in on the ground floor. So when UC CIO Tom Andriola and UC CISO David Rusting called for campus volunteers to participate in a collaborative cybersecurity research project, Virden was the first to take the leap...
By Azra Ayers | | Information Security

Meet UC Riverside CISO John Virden

John Virden became chief information security officer (CISO) at the University of California, Riverside, earlier this year. He has been in information security for over 20 years, starting in the US Navy, where he earned his master’s degree. After the Navy, Virden worked as a Department of Defense contractor in information security for many years...
By Reign Nelson | | Information Security

Tax Season - W-2 Awareness

This time each year the IRS and various law enforcement groups observe a marked increase in phishing scams aimed at collecting employee W-2 forms which risk exposing crucial employee information such as Social Security numbers and other data used for identity theft. To combat this threat, the IRS established an incident reporting method: Email dataloss@irs.gov...
By Bill Green | | Information Security