Information Security News and Alerts

Welcome to the Information Security News and Alerts site!

If you are looking for the latest news and alerts, just click here, or continue to scroll down this page.

This news and alerts site was initially designed to allow members of the Berry College community to independently verify the validity of an email, announcement, or event. Its use has been expanded to include a monthly newsletter, a quick info section, a Q&A board, and a calendar (currently under maintenance) to announce upcoming Information Security events. Every October, it also hosts weekly articles in conjunction with National Cyber-Security Awareness Month.

Information Security’s goal is to update the site as quickly as possible whenever an email scam or other suspicious event affects the campus community. When possible, it will also announce in advance any potentially suspicious emails or events. Here are the basic types of entries found on the site.

Items which warn the community of potential issues are marked with a red circle with an “X”, like this –

Items that confirm the validity of emails or events are marked with a green circle with a check-mark, as shown here – .

Third-party data breaches are announced on the site based on community impact. They are designated with an icon that looks like a computer monitor on fire – .

Informational articles are generally published when a topic has captured the attention of the community or is deemed to be urgent in nature. This also includes monthly newsletters. They are marked with a yellow circle with “FYI” on it – .

Be sure to check the Events Calendar (once it comes back online) to see upcoming events, including training, Lunch-ITS, tables in Krannert (whenever that can happen again), and events related to National Cyber-Security Awareness Month (October of every year).

During October, there will be weekly articles posted on information security awareness topics and they will all be marked with the following icon – .

The site is searchable by title, topic, type of article, and type of suspicious activity or email.

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Latest Posts and Information

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July News from Information Security

You’ve probably been scrambling over the past few days to get all those “end of the year” things completed. I know I have. Just because the “new year” is starting doesn’t mean that we aren’t already in full swing with many summer initiatives, including the Governor’s Honors Program, preparing for the fall semester, hosting camps, and just getting those things that must be done outside of the semesters done.

June News from Information Security

With the arrival of June, summer is in full swing. Welcome to the time when everyone else thinks we as a college community have it easy, when we all know that is NEVER the case. Summer is always busy, busy, busy on all fronts, but I’m preaching to the choir here. Between projects, recruitment, alumni events, and yes, even classes, everyone has their hands full, which makes us all prime targets of phishers and scammers.

“You say that every month!”, you say. Yes, I do, but I usually give a new or recycled reason for why we are prime targets.

Quick Info

Have a question about information security, but don’t have time for a long answer? Check out the “Quick Info” pages for the topics below (more coming soon). If the Quick Info page doesn’t answer your question, you can always email for a more detailed explanation.

Password managers

Multi-factor (or two-factor) authentication


Good password guidelines

What does a valid Berry voicemail notification look like?

What is “vishing”?

Is this financial aid email real?

How to use HIBP

…more to come!

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The Berry College Phishbowl

Take A Look At These Phishing Examples!

Here are examples of various kinds of phishing emails, almost all received here at Berry. Clicking on any of these previews will bring you to a gallery where you can view all of the examples without coming back to this page. More examples will be added on a continuous basis.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Information

Berry College annually participates in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Each year a selection of topics is chosen to emphasize to the community the importance of cyber security awareness. Each week of October a different topic is highlighted through emails, social media posts, articles, posters, and face to face activities. The primary goal is to help the community understand that security is a shared responsibility. Everyone must contribute for the college to be as secure as possible.

Article Archive

Below are links to the previous years’ articles. On each page you will find all the weekly articles published in connection with NCSAM for that year. Just click on a link to go to that year. Realize that some of the articles may reference events that are in the past. Some articles may reference security advice that has been deprecated. If so, the article will be flagged with an update that will point to current and more accurate information.

CAM 2020

NCSAM 2019

NCSAM 2018

NCSAM 2017

NCSAM 2016

NCSAM 2015

NCSAM 2014


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