Data and Cyber Security

We hope that the following resources will help you, your colleagues, your family and friends, stay safe online.

The IT Forum on cybersecurity was held on October 20, 2016. Click to download and review the presentation.


Data Privacy

All members of the University of Scranton community have the responsibility to safeguard the information we process and to assure that it isn’t revealed to unauthorized parties. Protecting private and personal information does not have to be difficult. Below are some resources to help you classify, handle and protect University information:

Privacy at Home


We lead Internet-connected, digital lives. From our desks and homes to on the go, we work, learn and play online. Cybersecurity is the mechanism that maximizes our ability to grow commerce, communications, community and content in a connected world. No individual, business or government entity is solely responsible for securing the Internet. Everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use.

Individual actions have a collective impact and when we use the Internet safely, we make it more secure for everyone.

  • STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
  • THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.
  • CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.

Practice good online safety habits with these tips and advice:

  1. Keep a Clean Machine.
    • Keep security software current
    • Automate software updates
    • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet
    • Plug and scan all external devices
  2. Protect Your Personal Information.
    • Secure your accounts
    • Make passwords long and strong
    • Unique account, unique password
    • Write it down and keep it safe
    • Set the privacy and security settings to limit information sharing
  3. Connect with Care.
    • When links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising look suspicious, delete them
    • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots
    • When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure
  4. Be Web Wise.
    • Stay current with new ways to stay safe online
    • Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately
    • Protect your digital information
  5. Practice Good Online Habits
    • What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and on the go
    • Post only about others as you have them post about you

Stop.Think.Connect. is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. Visit the Stop.Think.Connect. website for more tips and advice.