Information Security

#ElonSecure

The Information Security Office at Elon is dedicated to maintaining a high level of data privacy and security across the university. This Office is also responsible for educating faculty, staff, and students on data security best practices to ensure that Elon’s information stays safe and secure. On this site, you can find helpful blog posts, tips, and tools for keeping your information secure, staying safe on social media, to avoid phishing scams, and more.


It is the responsibility of all members of the Elon community to be knowledgeable of ways to protect both university and personal information. We encourage you to use the information on this page to educate yourself on how to stay safe from the continually changing threats we all face online.


Information Awareness Security Training

Complete this 15-minute Moodle course to learn how to keep personal and university data safe and secure. 

Information Security Articles

  • Keeping your data secure when using cloud services

    What are cloud services? If you’ve ever streamed a show on Netflix or Philo instead of watching a physical DVD or VHS, you’ve used a cloud service.  The ability to access data from virtually anywhere and from any device is made possible by the use of cloud services. Thanks to cloud services, data can live on one or more servers, … Continue Reading
  • Hurricane Harvey disaster relief scams

    While Hurricane Harvey has slowly begun to subside, the storm’s destructive effects will continue to be felt across Texas and surrounding areas for years to come. Unfortunately, when natural disasters strike, malicious cyber scammers consider this a prime time to capitalize on those wanting to help disaster victims. Donating money to disaster relief charities and other help organizations can be … Continue Reading
  • What is malware?

    Malware is software used to perform malicious actions.  You may have recently heard about one type of malware called ransomware during the WannaCry attack.  Read an in-depth analysis of WannaCry.  There are several actions you can take to help protect against malware attacks.  One action is thinking before clicking on attachments or links in unsolicited emails.  The Securing the Human … Continue Reading
  • Remember passwords easily with passphrases

    We already know the common best practices when it comes to passwords like creating a long password, using a unique password for each account, and changing passwords often.  But… how do we remember all of these long, unique, and changing passwords?  If you are not using a password manager like LastPass consider using passphrases to help with remembering these passwords.  … Continue Reading
  • Parking ticket phishing email

    PhishingTextA new phishing email is appearing in inboxes, urging users to pay a parking ticket.  Below is an example of the email with suspicious areas highlighted. Example of a recent parking fine phishing email Suspicious areas 1. From name and email The from name is generic and does not identify a particular police department.  The from email does not look … Continue Reading