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400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: (509) 963-2001

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Security Alert! Please see our Central Today on how to work securely from home.

Protect Against Phishing 

  • Phishing Emails are a common identity theft scheme.  Phishing occurs when cybercriminals create FAKE EMAILS that appear to be from trusted organizations or people and attempt to get you to; provide your confidential information, give them your username & password, download or open a malicious attachment

  • This brief presentation will help you learn how to identify a phishing attack

Use Strong Passphrases

  • Turn your short password into a long passphrase! It is harder to crack for hackers, but easier to remember for the user

  • Here are several examples on how to create an easy to remember passphrase

    • Create a formula and fill in the blanks

    • Ask a question

    • Use a song lyric or quote

  • Do you want to know how secure your passphrase is? You can figure out here:

Change Passphrases Frequently

  • Security best practice is to change your passphrase frequently

  • Refrain from writing your password down anywhere, instead, consider using a passphrase manager

  • Here at Central, you will need to change your password every 180 days

Passphrase Managers

  • What is a Passphrase Manager? A passphrase manager is capable of creating and storing your passwords. Passphrase managers remove the difficulty of remembering, not only your complicated login credentials, but also your credit-card information, answers to security questions, and much more. All of this information is easily accessible only to you, with one secure password.
  • Are Passphrase Managers Secure? Yes! All reputable passphrase managers use the strongest encryption available to protect personal information. The master passphrase is not stored on your computer or on their servers, only you know the master passphrase. To access this manager, the master passphrase is required each time to ensure the login is legitimate. Also, most passphrase managers have the option of enabling Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) which even strengthens security of the login process.
  • What Are The Best Passphrase Managers? Dashlane (Free), KeePass (Free), LastPass (Free), Sticky Password (Free), 1Password (Paid)

Tip Sheets

SANS Tip of The Day

"Welcome to the SANS Tip of the Day site. Each day we post a new tip that focuses on and explains a specific topic and actionable steps people can take to protect themselves, their family and their organization":

EDUCAUSE Security Matters

"Everything related to information security, privacy, and risk in higher education":

WaTech State Office of Cybersecurity

"WaTech's state Office of Cybersecurity (OCS) provides a strategic direction for cybersecurity and protects the state government network from growing cyber threats... Our office also is working to make everyone more aware of cyber threats through educational outreach, holding public forums and providing tips and advice about how to stay safe online. Our Mission: To keep the state's data safe and secure":

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