Information Security


The Information Security Office serves as the University’s resource for guidance on information security compliance. The office oversees information security policies, procedures and standards that ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of University data and information.

In addition to coordinating University response to security incidents and security policy violations, they take a proactive stance by promoting a safe computing environment through security awareness events and training, such as the annual SANS security awareness program, Data Privacy Day and National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Contact the Information Security Office

To report a security incident, you can reach the Information Security Office at 570-941-4226 or email

The Information Technology Division is planning to gradually deploy ATP to the University starting in April 2020.

Due to the recent increase in email attacks from bad actors taking advantage of the COVIC-19 crisis, we have decided that it is crucial that we continue the implementation of ATP to provide our University with increased protection.

What is ATP?

Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Protection provides additional protection from email-based malware attacks by evaluating links and attachments in emails and blocking them if deemed malicious. ATP uses the following strategies to protect your email:

  • Safe Links: evaluates and confirms the validity of links in emails.
  • Safe Attachments: scans and protects against harmful email attachments.
  • Messages that are deemed unsafe by ATP standards will be redirected to your Junk folder.

Safe Links

Safe Links evaluates every link in an email in real time to determine whether the link is safe. All links evaluated by Safe Links will be replaced by a longer URL that that begins with , similar to the example shown below. 


If you click on a malicious link in an email, a warning will be displayed instead of the actual website.


Safe Attachments

In addition to the virus scanning, Safe Attachments analyzes every attachment to detect malicious content. If malicious content is found, it will result in:

  • Attachment Removal: you will still be able to read the email, but the attachment will have been removed (see sample below).
  • Quarantine: The email message will be removed and placed in quarantine for 30 days. 

Attachment has been removed - sample


If I mouse-over a link from a trusted source, why does it look like a weird address?

Hovering your mouse over hidden links is always a good practice, and can continue to serve you well even with ATP enabled. The Safe Links address indicates that it has been scanned for malicious content. Safe Links can be forwarded, as recipients will be able to access the content.

Can I opt out?

No - it is paramount that all University Office 365 emails are scanned and protected.

I received an email with an attachment but it just says, “ATP Scan In Progress – Outlook Item” instead of the file I was expecting. Why?

As each message comes in to Office 365, it is scanned for dangerous attachments. The message body can be read while that scan is in progress, but the attachments cannot because they aren't yet thought to be safe. While the attachment scan is ongoing–typically less than two minutes–you'll see a placeholder in the attachments area. Close then re-open the message to see if the scan is complete and the attachment is available. Note that even if you read the body of the email before the scan completed, following the scan, the message status will reset to unread.

I clicked on a link in my email and it told me, “This website has been classified as malicious.” Why?

If a link in your message points to a location that has been verified to be malicious in some way, Safe Links will stop you from accessing that location when you click on the link. If you think a site has been blocked by mistake, please report it to by forwarding the message as an attachment.

How does this impact my file storage?

ATP also provides protection against opening or downloading of files from SharePoint and OneDrive. When accessing a file from these locations, it will be scanned and if found to be malicious it will be blocked from opening or downloading. Although the blocked file is still listed in the document library and web, mobile, or desktop applications, the blocked file cannot be opened, copied, moved, or shared. People can, however, delete a blocked file. 


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cybersecurity is the protection of computers and computer systems against attacks or intrusion. National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

Additional Resources

IT Forum Presentation

Forward Email as an Attachment

  1. Select the email you want to forward, then go to the Home tab. 
  2. In the Respond group, select More Respond Actions.
  3. Select Forward as Attachment.
  4. In the To text box, enter the email address of the recipient.
  5. Select Send.





The SANS Security Awareness Training is comprised of a set of short videos that helps build awareness of the online threats we face. IT Services has registered all full-time personnel at the University into the SANS program.

All staff and faculty are encouraged to take the SANS Computer Security video training, even if you have taken it before. New videos have been added. This important training will assist all computer users on campus to understand how we, as individuals, can be the target of identity thieves or other malicious actors. The videos are short, usually 3 or 4 minutes in length. Instructions for the SANS Security Awareness site, log in, and other information will be emailed to all members of the University community.

Need account help? Your username is your If you don't know your password, you can reset it by clicking the Forgot your Password link on the SANS Training Center website.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is the first-ever coordinated message to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. The message was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, nonprofits and government organizations.

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.