Security Advisory and Compliance’s mission is to support Loyola’s global mission through the implementation of a cyber-secure computing environment. It means protecting Loyola’s information assets and its citizens’ personal data from cyber-related risks using industry-standard security programs, practices, and policies. We will work to minimize disruption of critical business capabilities while ensuring the integrity of Loyola’s security posture by implementing technology and other measures to meet those requirements. We understand that cyber-security extends beyond technology, and as such, we will promote security education and awareness to our Employees and Students to assist them in being more cyber-aware in all aspects of their life.
Always Follow These Security Steps to Protect Loyola and Yourself!
- Never share your Loyola username and password with ANYONE.
- Always look for the Greyhounds when logging into InsideLoyola and Houndmail. Verify that the URL for Office365 or Inside Loyola begins with https://gateway.loyola.edu.
- Only install anti-virus and anti-malware programs from a known and trusted source.
- Avoid phishing scams - beware suspicious of official-looking emails or phone calls that ask for login information, credit card information, personal or financial data.
- Make your passwords easy for yourself to remember but difficult for others to figure out. Never use the same password on multiple websites.
- Think before you click. Links in email, social media posts and online ads are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information or infect your computer. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it!
- Never leave your computer unattended and always use password protected screen saver.
- Protect your personal information. Your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank account numbers can be used to steal your
money or open new accounts in your name.
- Keep your software up to date. Turn on automatic updates for your OS, web browsers and browser plugs. Always download software updates from the vendor’s website.
- Always know your network. Identity thieves prey on public and unprotected Wi-Fi networks.
If you have any questions or concerns contact the Help Center at 410-617-5555 or via the web at https://ots.loyola.edu.
Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to the infected computer system in some way, and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction. Some forms of ransomware systematically encrypt files on the system's hard drive, which become difficult or impossible to decrypt without paying the ransom for the encryption key, while some may simply lock the system and display messages intended to coax the user into paying. Ransomware typically propagates as a trojan, whose payload is disguised as a seemingly legitimate file.
Additional information on Ransomware and how to protect your computer on our Ransomware Website.
How We Can Help
Learn how to protect yourself and your family online – come to our security training class!
Whether you’re at Loyola, at home, or on the go, The Security Operations Center wants to help keep you safe online. We’re offering a new class called “Protecting Yourself and Your Data Online.” This one hour class is for all faculty, staff, and administrators who want to learn more about protecting your data, both at home and at work. We’ll discuss preventing identity theft, protecting your personal computer as well as Loyola computers, tax fraud prevention, and more topics aimed at keeping you safe online. Participants will receive a certificate after completing the class.
The Security Operations Center is your partner in online security – join us to learn more about how we can work together to keep our community safe online!
Be Our Security Partner!
Help us in protecting the University and its data. If you find that:
- Your computer is acting strangely, running slowly, and displaying strange messages or pop-ups
- You have a computer security concern
- You suspect that you may have inadvertently disclosed your Loyola credentials
- You think your computer has been compromised
Don't hesitate to contact Patricia Malek, Director, Security Operations Center via phone x5533 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tax Fraud Awareness and Prevention
Information on Tax Fraud and what you can do to protect yourself, along with information on what to do if you are the victim of Tax Fraud can be found on Tax Fraud Awareness and Identity Theft Prevention website.