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Personal Cybersecurity and Identity Protection Resources, Including Steps to Take Following the UCOP / Accellion Data Breach

Sophos Anti-Virus License for Campus Expired November 2021

For continued protection against viruses and malware, be sure your university-owned computer has FireEye HX installed and registeredLearn more about FireEye HX and anti-virus software for personal computers at

Stay Safe This Holiday Season

It is that time of year again, festivities, family gatherings and holiday shopping! Many of us will avoid brick and mortar stores and choose to shop online instead. As such, it is important to remain vigilant and be aware of the cyber risks while online shopping. As legitimate businesses are after your money, so are cybercriminals. When it comes to holiday shopping, you should be wary of online criminals. 

Continue reading the article for 10 cybersecurity tips that will make your online shopping experience less risky, not to mention keep you in the spirit of the season and safer from those on the “naughty list.”

Also, watch a short video where security experts from KnowBe4 (our systemwide cybersecurity training vendor) share the top holiday scams to avoid.


Webinar: Living on the Dark Web

Webinar presented July 13, 2021 by Michael Corn, Chief Information Security Officer, UC San Diego. The identity protection tips and accompanying links and phone numbers are available at:

Now available: English and Spanish subtitles.

UCOP Security Incident: News, FAQs, and Resources

July 1, 2021: UCOP has begun sending individual notices via USPS and email to impacted personnel. Read the updated FAQs from UCOP for more information. 

May 10, 2021: UCOP has issued as "Substitute Notice of Data Breach" with updated information. 

April 2021: the Office of the President has announced a significant security incident involving UC employee information due to the Accellion data breach. The Office of the President continues to investigate the incident, and we expect that more details will become known over time.

It is very important that every member of the UC San Diego community take steps now to protect themselves against identity theft and fraud. 

The following documents published by the Office of the President provide additional information about the security incident. 

Identity Theft Protection Workshop, presented April 8, 2021, by Vince Kellen, Chief Information Officer, and Michael Corn, Chief Information Security Officer


Steps to Take  

  1. Protect yourself by signing up for UCOP's free identity monitoring service (Experian) and place a fraud alert on your credit files.  
  2. Review the five rules for protecting your information

Resources, News and FAQs from UCOP

Translated Information 

Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number


Questions about the incident or using the identity monitoring services can be submitted to

Cybersecurity Awareness

Visit our cybersecurity awareness page to find featured topic articles, videos, and other resources throughout the year to help you build good cybersecurity habits.

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View our events page for campus presentations (currently offered only via Zoom in light of COVID-19) you may attend to stay #CyberAware.

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Security while working from home

Find out the latest security guidance and recommendations for working from home in the COVID-19 Cybersecurity section of the Remote Work page.

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Join The Conversation

Our Cybersecurity in Six Words campaign started a campus conversation about cybersecurity as we sought your input on the issues that affect your safety and security online. With 380 card entries submitted to date, totaling 1,494 distinct words, your data is telling. Hear from UC San Diego's Chief Information Security Officer Michael Corn to see what the campaign revealed so far.