Published January 12, 2021
In December 2020, the FBI issued an announcement highlighting security threats associated with distance learning and provided recommendations for how to better secure yourself.
You can read the entire announcement online at the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a service of the FBI.
The FBI received multiple complaints in 2020 of “interruptions [to online classes, including] verbal harassment of participants and teachers, use of offensive language, and displaying images containing pornography and violence.”
At UB, most online classes are conducted using Zoom. UBIT provides recommendations for securing meetings and handling disruptions on the UBIT website.
With greater reliance on electronic communication like email between teachers, administrators, parents and students, cyber criminals see an opportunity to use phishing and other social engineering tactics to compromise devices and steal personal information.
“For example,” the FBI announcement explains, “a cyber actor can use the compromised email of a school official to request private information, send a victim to a malicious website, or convince a victim to download a malicious attachment.”
Impersonation scams of this kind have been reported at UB. Visit the UBIT website to learn how to recognize a phishing attempt, and how to protect yourself against common scams targeting the UB community.
The FBI identifies several best practices to make your distance learning and teaching experience more secure:
Also, don't forget to review UBIT's recommendations for securing meetings and handling disruptions.
The Safe Computing section of the UBIT website has more information about securing yourself, your devices and your personal information while working and learning at UB.