Security Resources

There is a wealth of IT security-related information online. ITS has compiled a number of resources that you may find useful. Please feel free to suggest others using the ITS feedback form.


General Cyber Security Information

  • This web site provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. 
  • Simple steps, practices and resources you can use to learn the basics on how to better secure their home computer from cyber threats.
  • Educause Higher Education Cyber Security Resources: Links to IT Security resources that have been created by colleges and universities.
  • SANS newsletters and tips-of-the-day: Monthly cyber security newsletter and tips-of-the-day from SANS
  • Security Standards and Resources: A compilation of industry and higher education security standard, data breach compilations, security trends, and non-UCSC cyber security news.


Helpful tips from Microsoft for creating strong passwords plus a password checker to test password strength.

See UCSC's Password Standards for:

Internet/Email Safety and Privacy

Phishing and Scams: 

  • Beware of Scams: Criminals and hackers are constantly coming up with new schemes designed to compromise computers, trick you into revealing valuable information.
  • Phishing and Spam IQ Quiz: SonicWALL has published a fun, informative quiz to test how well you distinguish between email schemes and legitimate email.

 General Information:

  • Facebook privacy: Facebook users can find helpful information about Facebook privacy settings at Please note this is not an official Facebook web site.
  • More on Facebook Privacy from Sophos: A list of suggestions to help prevent online identity theft. Please note this is not an official Facebook web site.
  • Facebook Location Services: General information about Facebook's location services, including enabling and disabling.
Posting your or your family's location online (also see Facebook Places info, above):
  • NBC News segment: on cell phones embedding location information in photos a.k.a "geotagging". Others may be able to view this information when the photos are posted online. This is particularly an issue if photos of children are posted online.

Laptop Security

Measures you can take to protect your laptop from theft or unauthorized access.

Home Computer Security

Cyber Security Tips from US-CERT

Identity Theft Resources

Security Assessment Tools

>IS-2/IS-3 Protection Matrix:
A quick-reference chart to help identify IS-3 requirements for different classifications of data

>IS-3 Assessment Template (Excel):
UCSC's IS-3 compliance self-assessment template

>Security Issue Matrix:
A tool to help facilitate security reviews and the identification and analysis of security issues

Government Resources


Security Standards and Resources:

  • Industry and Higher Education Security Standards and Related Resources
  • Data Breach Compilations
  • Security Trends
  • Cyber Security News

Detecting a Security Breach - information for system administratiors

Rev. Aug 2015