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Safer Internet Day 2023

February 6th, 2023 | by

Whether at work, at university, or during leisure time – the Internet and digital devices have become an omnipresent part of everyday life for the majority of people. We surf the internet from anywhere, at any time of the day. The question that arises though is: How safe is our use of the new media actually?

Numerous studies have repeatedly shown that many users massively underestimate the dangers associated with the use of new media. Year after year, the press reports on numerous cyber attacks in which the naivety and ignorance of users often lead to serious consequences. There is consensus among experts on one point: the most effective way to strengthen IT security is to raise awareness and train each individual user. This is exactly what the global Safer Internet Day (SID) campaign aims to do. Read the rest of this entry »

Change-Your-Password-Day

February 1st, 2023 | by
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Today is the official “change-your-password-day”. We would like to take this opportunity to once again draw attention to the importance of password security and have prepared a few tips for you.

Because hand on heart – when was the last time you changed your passwords?

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5 Tips on How to Keep Your Mobile Devices Safe

January 23rd, 2023 | by
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They keep us connected at all times and in all places. They accompany us everywhere, wake us up, remind us of important appointments and provide us with entertainment. We are, of course, referring to smartphones. What was originally intended as a means of communication is now a calendar, camera, photo album, pocket watch, navigation device, pedometer and game console all in one. Even as most-used devices for Internet access, mobile devices have long since surpassed desktop computers. Smartphones are the very top of the list.

Mobile devices are practical everyday helpers, but they also hold a large amount of personal data, such as bank and credit card information. It is not uncommon for these end devices to even be used for two-factor authentication for bank transactions and other services. This makes them a popular target for hackers. With a few tips, you can effectively protect your mobile devices and the data stored on them. Read the rest of this entry »

Threat Hunting – Tracking Down Threats

December 19th, 2022 | by
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Threat Hunters uncover security risks before they are detected by the system.

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After sneaking into a network, attackers can remain undetected for months, collecting data, searching for sensitive material, or acquiring credentials. They can then use this information to roam around the IT infrastructure, to observe it and to snatch even more data. The more data is tapped, the more severe the consequences of the attack may be. To identify such attacks as early as possible, a good defence strategy is essential. An important part of such a strategy is so-called Threat Hunting. Read the rest of this entry »

Gamification meets IT Security

October 31st, 2022 | by
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When dealing with information technology, a whole range of dangers may lurk. In this context, the “human factor” is often presented as a particularly large and important challenge. Ignorance, naivety and a lack of caution are the most common causes of so-called insider threats. Experts agree on one thing: IT security can only be as good as the people who operate the systems.

For a security concept to be implemented successfully, it first has to be understood by the users. IT security awareness training courses are often used for this purpose. These are designed to strengthen the general understanding of security and to illustrate concrete risks. One of the most important strategies here is called gamification. Read the rest of this entry »

Honeypot – How to Lure Cyber Criminals

October 7th, 2022 | by
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Sometimes the best defence is a strong offensive. When it comes to IT security, the demand for offensive security measures is greater than ever. These often rely on techniques and approaches that are actually used by criminal hackers to lure user into traps. But attackers themselves can also be tricked into a trap. Honeypots are not only used to attract bears. They can also be used to catch cybercriminals in the act. In this article, we will explain what a honeypot is and how it can be used to increase IT security. Read the rest of this entry »

Attention: Spear Phishing Emails in Circulation

September 30th, 2022 | by
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In the last weeks, there have been more spear phishing attacks on RWTH email addresses. In this article, we would like to make you aware of these attacks and explain how you can recognize spear phishing emails. You have received a spear phishing email to your RWTH email address? We explain how you should best proceed. Read the rest of this entry »

The IT Center’s IT Security Measures

September 2nd, 2022 | by
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With technological progress and the increasing digitization of processes, the topic of IT security is gaining more and more importance. The risks associated with digitalization affect us all. Improper behavior and naivety in dealing with information technology can have serious, costly consequences. That is why the security awareness of users in particular should be actively encouraged. IT security also plays a major role at the IT Center. In this blog, for example, we repeatedly draw your attention to security risks and explain how you can be more aware when using information technology. In this post, we would like to give you an overview of the IT security measures that have been implemented at the IT Center, for both yours and our protection. Read the rest of this entry »

Cyber-Security-Awareness-Training at RWTH – a Review

August 15th, 2022 | by
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No more simulated phishing emails in your inbox? No more access to the eLearning program for employees of the RWTH? That can only mean one thing: the cyber security awareness training at RWTH Aachen University ended for the time being on May 09, 2022.

Today we look back on the training and share the results with you. Read the rest of this entry »

Shadow IT: The Underestimated Danger

July 22nd, 2022 | by
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The application of information technology is as diverse as the world around us. IT solutions have now taken a major part in our daily lives. They provide support in our households, assist us during sports and in our leisure activities, and are often a great help in our professional activities as well. This increasing digital affinity offers numerous advantages, but also bears risks. The use of so-called shadow IT in a professional context is growing along with it. Now, what is shadow IT exactly? What opportunities and risks does it hold, and how can a company reduce the use of shadow IT in the best possible way? This article will give you all the answers to these questions. Read the rest of this entry »