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Information Security


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Information Security

Allegheny Hall 002
121 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

Frank Piscitello, Manager/ISO
Phone: 610-436-3192
Fax: 610-436-3110

It's National CyberSecurity Awareness Month!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) - celebrated every October - was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

NCSAM 2015 will highlight the overall message of STOP. THINK. CONNECT. and the capstone concepts of the campaign:

  • "Keep a Clean Machine"
  • "Protect Your Personal Information"
  • "Connect with Care"
  • "Be Web Wise"
  • "Be a Good Online Citizen."

Show support by becoming a CyberAware Champion and using the hashtag #CyberAware when posting things in social media about cyber security.

How WCU is #CyberAware

  • ISEEK will be hosting a talk on October 13th called "What to Post on the Web and How it Stays with You Forever." The event will take place in Merion 112 at 4:30pm. The speaker is Lee Gitzes, Security Strategic Advisor at Comm Solutions.
  • Do you follow the correct guidelines to ensure your password is safe and secure? Here's a Public Service Announcment about Passwords.
  • During Social & Digital Media FAST class, you will learn fundamental digital literacy skills, practices, and safety that can be applied when using social media as a tool to create/curate content and build an audience, while expressing your personality.
  • After October has passed, continue practicing safe computing by attending Safe Surfing BYOL in December. Will you be shopping online this Holiday season? How do you keep your computer safe while surfing the internet? Security is ever evolving, making it difficult to protect against identity theft and malicious activity. During this session you will learn the best practices to shop and surf the web safely.

About Information Security at WCU

Basic network access is provided by the Windows Domain servers. These servers provide user authentication when logging onto Windows based clients. They also maintain security "tokens," which are used by network applications such as web servers, email, and PeopleSoft applications.

The NOC is in a locked room with a security badge access system. Only authorized people have access to the room. This system keeps track of who has entered the computer room at specific dates and times.

Our campus network is protected by a firewall/network shaper. This product protects us from various types of network attacks. It also helps shape the network traffic to provide the most efficient connection speed for required network activity.

Network Security Violations and Hackers

If you believe your computer has been violated by an unknown person, or you start to receive email messages for some unknown reason, you may be a victim. Please contact the Help Desk at x3350 as soon as possible. Please fill out the reporting form or send an email to

Things to do if you think you are a victim:

  • If you suspect an email problem, do not delete any of the suspected messages.
  • Make a note of what you were doing when the computer started to "act funny," including a date, time, and how often.
  • Do not turn off the computer or log off unless absolutely necessary.
  • If you receive harassing or threatening notes via email or via any other method, please contact Campus Police immediately at x3311. They will work with network security as needed.

Some email problems and messages could be related to virus infections on your computer. Take a look at the Virus Information Center for additional information.