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Cyber Awareness Month: employees urged to follow security practices

By Melanie Richardson
OCIO Commmunications

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and each of us has an ethical, legal and moral duty to protect the privacy and security of patient, student, and other sensitive information that is entrusted to our care.  

By protecting the privacy and security of this data, we avoid serious repercussions for MUSC including data breaches, regulatory fines and damage to our reputation. Did you know the estimated cost to deal with one cyber security breach at a hospital is $810,000?

Good Security Practices

  • Guard your passwords

Do not give out your passwords to anyone, regardless of the reason.  According to the MUSC Computer Use Policy, it is a security violation to give anyone, even your spouse or administrative assistant, your NetID password.   
Have separate passwords for each account. That way, if one account is hacked, your other accounts will not be compromised.

  • Safeguard your software

Keep security software current. Having the latest security software and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats.
Turn on automatic software updates.   You can set software to automatically install recommended updates which can address known security issues and other important updates.

  • Safeguard your devices

Always lock your devices when not in use. If you have to step away from your computer, be sure to lock it.
Ensure all devices at home are protected.
Do not forget to ensure that any device that connects to the internet has the appropriate safeguards in place. This includes computers, tablets, smartphones, gaming systems and any other device that connects to the Internet.

  • Learn More

To learn more about cyber security, please visit or stop by one of the Information Security Awareness Pledge Centers located around campus. At these centers, you can sign a pledge agreeing to follow good information security practices. Visit
Pledge names will be entered into a drawing for two iPad Air tablets, 25 — $20 gift cards, and 50 — $10 gift cards to the MUHA cafeteria and Starbucks.  

Employees are encouraged to nominate a champion who demonstrates good cyber security practices.

Submit your nomination for a “security mentor” by visiting An MNA and password are required. Prizes of $20 cafeteria/Starbucks gift cards will be given to 25 nominees and 25 nominators randomly drawn at the end of October. Deadline to submit nominations is Oct. 24.


October 2, 2014



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