The primary goal of cybersecurity at Oxy is to arm the community with the essential tools and understanding needed to protect data throughout its lifecycle—during storage, transfer and processing.

We acknowledge that the members of our community are the first line of defense, acting as critical barriers to threats. We prioritize offering detailed training, vital tools and pertinent resources. This forward-thinking approach is designed to ensure the sustained security and protection of the Oxy community.

Online Safety: Your Role in Cybersecurity

At Oxy, we understand that the cornerstone of cybersecurity is individual vigilance. In an age where we are virtually connected more than ever, it is incumbent upon each one of us to be proactive in safeguarding our online spaces, both in our personal and work environments.

Understanding Safe Computing

Safe computing is not reserved for tech experts; it’s a responsibility we all share. It hinges on being knowledgeable about the potential repercussions of our actions online — the sites we visit, the links we click and the information we share.

  • Regular Updates: Prioritize updating your devices and apps regularly. It is advisable to automate this process for utmost security.
  • Antivirus Software: Equip all your major devices, including Apple products, with robust antivirus software. Remember, while essential, antivirus is not a panacea; it should be one of your many protective tools.
  • Password Protection: Securing your device with a password reduces both physical and remote unauthorized access.

  • Two-Step Verification: Enhance your Oxy email account's security with Microsoft verification, adding a substantial defense layer against remote attacks.
  • Phishing Awareness: Phishing is prevalent; always verify the legitimacy of an unexpected email request before acting.

  • Mindful Browsing: Make a habit of visiting only evaluated and safe sites. When uncertain about a link, utilize Google's site status page for a safety analysis.
  • Caution Alerts: Heed warnings from your browser or email service regarding the safety of a site or email. For any assistance or to report suspicious activity, reach out to ITS at or call x2880.

  • Password Managers: Utilize password managers like LastPass or 1Password to securely store and manage your passwords. These tools foster the creation of robust passwords while diminishing the burden of memorizing them.
  • Creating Strong Passwords: ITS advocates for passwords made up of 3-5 unrelated words or a complex phrase, promoting both security and memorability.
  • Change your password.

Resources for Additional Information

To further augment your understanding and stay abreast of the best practices in online safety, explore the following resources:

Through collective effort and adherence to safe computing practices, we can foster a secure digital environment for our community. Remember, when in doubt, don't hesitate to reach out to our ITS team at x2880.

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