Cybersecurity Infrastructure

Project: Cybersecurity Improvement

Objective

Improve cybersecurity protections and increase threat detection, mitigation and response capabilities

Overview

Cybercrime increased by over 600% during the pandemic with higher education institutions targeted by email phishing schemes and ransomware attacks. With one new organization falling prey to ransomware every 11 seconds, improving our cybersecurity protections are a top priority to mitigate the risks of malicious disruptions to our campus community.

Details

New cybersecurity protections will:

  1. Protect your computer from internet threats with threat intelligence informing your computer when an internet connection is unsafe, and blocking or aborting the connection if necessary

  2. Defend against phishing, business email compromise, malware in attachments, ransomware and malicious links in messages to provide additional protections for email (incoming and outgoing) and prevent accidental disclosures

  3. Strengthen our attack detection capabilities

  4. Provide a new and expanded virtual private network (VPN) solution

Status

Active

 

FAQ

How will this impact my App State-issued computer?

  • For additional desktop protections, we will deploy an agent that can protect your computer when you are off-campus. 


How does this impact my App State email? 

  • In 2020, “[External]” was added at the beginning of the subject line for all emails that come into university accounts from outside sources.  Our new email security tool adds additional subject line tags to inbound messages to help alert people to different types of email and provide a more focused inbox. For more information see our Email Tagging FAQ in our App State Knowledge Base


How will this change my VPN use?

 

How will this help secure our email from external illegitimate senders pretending to be from @appstate.edu?

  • To protect the App State brand and reduce the likelihood that spam, phishing or other illegitimate emails will be delivered to external recipients and appear to be from App State,  we are configuring our email system to tell systems receiving emails from @appstate.edu that they should either quarantine or put them in the spam folder if they are not properly configured.  
  • We have worked with our legitimate partners who send email as @appstate.edu to confirm they are properly configured and maintain a list of IT Services authorized to send as App State in our Knowledge Base.

 

Who do I contact for more information?