How secure is your data?

Two cybersecurity articles caught my eye today. One discusses ransomware attacks on universities and quotes my colleague Kim Milford, executive director of REN-ISAC, Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center, which is based at IU. The other article discusses research from the Pew Research Center that shows Americans surveyed are generally loose with their password security while also doubting government agencies can protect their data.

New student group, IU Public Safety Partners, meeting at IU Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington students interested in social justice, safety communication, or careers in fields of law enforcement, emergency & safety management or public health should stop by the call-out meeting Tuesday for IU Public Safety Partners, held at 6:30 p.m. at the IMU in State Room East.

Phishing scams impersonate senior administrators at IU

Indiana University information security staff report that email scammers impersonating IU senior leadership have attempted to acquire sensitive personal data, monetary transfers and unauthorized purchases in recent months.

Spring break and Zika virus: What you should know

Zika virus continues to raise alarms and is of particular concern to women who are pregnant or who could become pregnant. Michael Jenson, director of IU Environmental Health and Safety, discusses precautions that can be taken if traveling to an affected area over Spring Break or for other upcoming travels.

Protecting your mobile devices — and data — begins before you travel

If you’re traveling during spring break, Indiana University’s data security experts say there are steps you can take before you leave – in addition to during your travels – to make sure you’re not haunted by cyberattacks long after you return.

Reducing cyber threats at IU: a multi-layered, proactive undertaking

IT leaders at IU discuss in several publications the tricky business of cybersecurity within higher education and the proactive approach taken at Indiana University.

‘Run Hide Fight’ good to know whether you use it or not

Butler University in Indianapolis released a video this week describing the Run Hide Fight model for surviving an active shooter situation – it’s the same strategy IU Emergency Management and Continuity and IUPD promote to students and staff.

New online data privacy tutorial useful, brief

Recently, I completed the IU Data Protection & Privacy Tutorial available through’s E Training app. I began the tutorial assuming it would be full of elaborate vocabulary and geared towards staff and faculty, but was pleasantly surprised just 15 short minutes later.

So many passwords!?!

How can you make sure your passwords are safe, yet accessible? To get some recommendations, I talked to Andrew Korty, an information security expert with the University Information Security Office at IU.

Movies about data privacy

In today’s world, it’s hard to go a day without engaging in activities that collect personal information. In recognition of Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, we’ve listed some thought-provoking movies that touch on the importance of digital information to personal safety and freedoms.