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Information Security @ MSU Denver

Information Technology Services (ITS) considers the protection of University information as a critical priority. To safeguard the MSU Denver community from security threats, ITS has implemented a comprehensive information security program that includes a robust security infrastructure as well as training and support services to equip students, faculty and staff with the knowledge and tools they need to help create a secure environment.

Stay Safe Online

While the Internet can make our lives easier and more connected, it can also increase the risk of theft, fraud and abuse. No country, industry, university, community or individual is immune to cyber-risks.

With the help of these simple tips from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, you can enhance your online security:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Don't Get Hooked by Phishing Scams

Phishing scams – a technique often used by hackers and identity thieves to compromise accounts and install malware continue to grow in number and sophistication.

Phishing is a social engineering method in which the phisher uses email or a phone call to lure unsuspecting recipients into giving their personal, financial, or other sensitive information to commit identity theft, gain access to their accounts, or hack their computer. The email or call normally appears to come from a legitimate person and may even target a specific group (e.g. members of the MSU Denver community), which is known as spear phishing.

ITS has compiled the following tips to help you avoid falling prey to phishers: 

  • Scrutinize all emails before downloading attached files or clicking links. Verify that the email address of the sender is legitimate and someone you know. 
  • Don’t click on unrecognized links. Want to know where a link is actually going? Hover over it with your mouse cursor to reveal the actual web address.
  • Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal financial information. Not sure about a request? Call the company to verify.
  • Be skeptical of messages that have poor spelling or grammar, sloppy formatting, or a generic greeting such as “Dear Customer” rather than your name.
  • Beware of common intimidation tactics such as “Urgent action required!” or “Your account has been compromised!” Call the company to verify if you’re concerned.

If you receive a malicious or suspicious email or phone call to your MSU Denver email or phone number, please forward the information to If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 303-352-7548 or 

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