Information Security Basics

Chico State’s Information Security Team collaborates with faculty, staff and students to keep campus computing systems running smoothly and important data protected and secure.

Information Security Organization

Information Security Plan

Secure data and infrastructure protecting confidentiality, availability and integrity.

Security & Awareness Training

Training and awareness are the cornerstones of information security. CSU, Chico faculty and staff are required to take information security awareness training.

Campus information security infrastructure

The CSU, Chico information security infrastructure consists of tools and equipment that protect computers and networks. CSU, Chico's campus infrastructure is designed to be as unobtrusive as possible while still maintaining a high degree of protection against malware, hackers, and data breaches.  


Freely-available computing, communication, and information resources are so key for everyone at CSU, Chico that it is imperative everyone recognizes the need for responsible use. Irresponsible or inappropriate use of computing resources risks not only the security and availability of those resources but also puts individuals and the University at risk of legal action by any party becoming a victim of the consequences of such behaviors.

Protecting Yourself and Others

The single most important way to protect yourself and others against cybercrime is simple - keep your passwords secret. Never share your passwords with anyone! No one at CSU, Chico will ever ask for your password, not even the Technology Help Desk.

The Security Seven

Easy-to-implement suggestions that will keep your data and your identity safe while you're at CSU, Chico and beyond.

Annual Credit Report Monitoring

You are entitled to a free copy of your credit report from each of the three national consumer credit reporting agencies on request once a year. It is an important step in helping to prevent identity theft.

5 ways to avoid being hacked

A cautionary video and news story gives quick tips on how to avoid being hacked. 

Protecting confidential information.

"Protected information" is an umbrella term used at CSU, Chico to describe information linked to an individual person's identity, such as their Social Security number, driver's license data, and credit card or bank account information (sometimes called Personally-Identifiable Information, or PII) which can be used to facilitate identity theft. Learn more about the steps CSU, Chico takes to protect the confidential data stored on its networks.

Keep your system up-to-date.

Today's security threats are heavily focused on exploiting vulnerabilities in common operating systems and applications, so one of the most important ways you can keep your information safe is to ensure that your OS, browser, and other widely-used applications such as Adobe's Acrobat Reader are kept up to date. 

Passwords and digital identities

The key to effective identity management is good password management. If you lose your password, contact ITSS to regain secure access to the CSU, Chico network.


Encryption converts data into a secure form that can be safely transferred and helps CSU, Chico meet the legal and policy obligations that apply to University data storage. 

Antivirus software

CSU, Chico provides you with a free license for McAfee Anti-Virus to help protect your computer against viruses and other malware. It's installed automatically on all CSU, Chico-owned computers, and is free to download onto personally-owned computers by anyone with a valid CSU, Chico User Name and Password.

Threat Information

There are many information security threats that we need to be aware of and protect against in order to ensure our sensitive information remains secure. False alarms can cause more problems than the real event, so educate yourself on what is - and, just as importantly, what isn't - a threat to computer security.

Threat landscape. Malware, viruses and bots can come from any direction. Staying on top of alerts, strong passwords, and keeping your operating system and antivirus software current on updates will go a long way to help. 

Phishing scams. Attempts by hackers and cyberciminals to steal personal information or hijack computing resources for nefarious purposes by deception. 

Spam. Spam is so cheap to send that spammers only need a few sales to make a profit; some reports now put the percentage of email that's spam at 95% and rising. The only way to stop spam is for everyone in the world to not respond.

Viruses and malware. Malware includes viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, adware, scareware, rootkits, exploits, and any other piece of software designed to disrupt, destroy or steal valuable information.

P2P file-sharing & copyright violations. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls and potential sanctions associated with unauthorized file-sharing.