With a student, faculty and staff population exceeding that of many cities, the Cal State Fullerton community faces the challenges of preparing its IT infrastructure for the cybersecurity demands of today’s wired world. Tony Modiri ’91, head of information security for the campus, looks at how the university is staying safe and offers advice you can use, whether at CSUF or in your personal life.
When checking your campus email, you notice an email message claiming to be from a faculty member a friend had as a professor a few semesters ago. It says your account will be terminated in a few days, but by clicking on the link, you can ensure continued access. By using an appeal to fear, the senders hope you will click on the link, only to find yourself in an unsecure space, with no relationship to CSUF, where cybercriminals can steal your personal information.
Tony Modiri ’91 (business administration and computer science), Cal State Fullerton’s head of information security, is at the forefront of thwarting such attempts to hijack the campus’ digital networks for nefarious purposes. Under his leadership, the campus has stayed at the forefront of organizational security by building strong defenses against threats and preventing dissemination through the network.
Still, as hackers and other cybercriminals continue to evolve, it takes the participation of every member of the campus community – from faculty to maintenance staff to students – to recognize and act upon best security practices, all the while developing habits that can reap reputational, financial and security benefits in your personal life as well. Read More