Stay Cybersecure while Working from Home

April 03, 2020

To: UCSC Community
Fr: Chief Information Security Officer, Brian Hall

While most of us are still trying to figure out how to use a webcam, cybercriminals are busy taking advantage of COVID-19. It’s important that you remain mindful and take necessary precautions.

Stay Safe Online

ITS is here to help you stay cybersecure by offering you steps you can take to secure your remote working environment. Here are a few tips. More details on how to stay cybersecure during COVID-19

  • Devices must be patched, password protected, running supported operating systems and anti-malware, and encrypted.
  • Home networks should use a strong password and current encryption protocols.
  • Unsecured networks or public wifi should be avoided.
  • Scams and phishing emails are targeting people's growing fears of the coronavirus.
  • Lock your screen, lock your doors, lock up your laptop.
  • Avoid using a shared home computer, and don't let others use your work computer.

Attend Virtual Security Sessions

Join the Information Security team for a weekly online Q&A to get assistance with making good cybersecure choices in your remote work environment.

Transparency is Non-Negotiable

If you suspect any potential compromise, attack or breach, it is vital to report the incident immediately by completing this online form. The sooner you report any compromise of the confidentiality (privacy), integrity or availability of Institutional Information or IT Resources, the more quickly we can work to address the situation.

If you have any questions about working securely at home, we're here to help.

Submit a SlugHub ticket at, or contact the ITS Support Center by email or telephone 459-HELP (4357).