Security Awareness

ITS works to increase awareness of computing security and promote the University Network Security Policy and Technology Resources Appropriate Usage Policy.

Please remember, while the University is doing what it can to protect University-owned computers and the University network, all members of the University have a responsibility to participate in the protection of their computing environment. If you own your own computer, make sure you take the appropriate steps, many of which are outlined below, to keep your computer as safe as possible.

Our network and the computers connected to it are only as secure as the least secure computer that is connected to it, either on campus or through remote access, so please do your part to ensure that your personal computer is virus-free.

Copyright Information

Please review the University Copyright Policy for information on your responsibilities and possible penalties for violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


USF has adopted PhishMe as a required aspect of our Security Awareness program. The goal of PhishMe is to assist University Faculty, Staff, and Affiliates avoid spear phishing scams and identity theft.


As wikipedia explains, “Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication” [1]. PhishMe simulates spear phishing attempts with a clear objective - if you click a link within a real phishing email your personal information may become instantly compromised without you realizing it. If you click a link within a PhishMe email, you are directed to awareness and educational information to aid you in avoiding such phishing scams in the future. Additional information is provided below.

Useful Websites

  • provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
  • Fighting Back Against Identity Theft is a Federal Trade Commission site with detailed information to deter, detect and defend against identity theft.