Cyber Security


What is cyber security?

Cyber security is the practice of protecting information technology (IT) assets and electronic information from threats and attacks. Cybercrime is on the rise worldwide and everyone has a part to play in protecting the University, its information and its research from cyber-attacks.

What you can do

You can do your part by adhering to three simple steps:

1.  Never disclose your University usernames and passwords.

2.  Never click on links or attachments in emails from unknown sources.

  • Always look for signs to identify potentially malicious email. For help on what to look for, see our For The Record: Dissecting the Malicious Email  To raise awareness in your workspace, distribute our Awareness Poster: Malicious Email.
  • If you receive a suspicious email to your University email account, phone your IT Service Desk: 709-864-4595 (St. John’s Campus); (709) 639-2049 (Grenfell); 709-778-0628 (Marine Institute).

3.  Use a personal email account rather than your University account  for your personal use (e.g., social media and online shopping).


How we can help

In addition to providing resources on protecting information and staying cyber safe, the Office of the CIO delivers cyber security awareness sessions to departments/units.  If interested, please contact Chris Lake, Director Information Management & Protection at or 709-864-4894.