Friday, August 11, 2017

Consider a Career in Cybersecurity!

The Global Information Security Workforce Study reports that by 2022, there will be 1.8 million open positions in the Cybersecurity field - yet our generation isn't going for the jobs. The study indicates only 7% of cybersecurity workers surveyed are under the age of 29.

The reason for this may be the common misconception that, unless you have a degree in Computer Science, you can't enter the field. While technical skills are of advantage, hiring managers are increasingly looking for people in liberal arts and other fields, due to their advanced analytical, research and communication skills. The study reports 87% of cybersecurity workers did not start out in the field and 30% came from non-technical backgrounds.

Another reason for the significant talent gap may be that cybersecurity simply isn't what crosses our mind when we first start thinking about our careers. An unawareness of opportunities prevents college grads from even considering the cybersecurity field, even though careers can be very lucrative and rewarding. However, while employers are working on raising awareness and advertising job opportunities, there is something you can do!

Check out our Cybersecurity Careers infographic and find out if a career in cybersecurity is right for you!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Alexa, are you listening? - The Internet of Things around Us

A Blog post published by MWR Labs titled "Alexa, are you listening?" describes a recently discovered vulnerability which allows a hacker to install malware on the Amazon Echo without leaving a visible trace. For the technical specifications of the vulnerability, please find the full post here.

But what does this mean for us? In the case of the Amazon Echo, this means that someone with physical access to the device could establish a remote connection and listen to anything in the room the microphone picks up, as well as use the device for other malicious activity.
However, this is not a single case. People are becoming increasingly connected with a wide range of devices and while most of them are aware of computers being hacked, a lot of them don't think about equally securing other devices they frequently use, such as
  • webcams
  • security cameras
  • video recorders
  • printers
  • baby monitors
  • home lighting system
and similar devices. The question now becomes, how can we protect ourselves?
There are several steps we can take to reduce the chances of compromise. Making sure default login credentials are changed on each device and creating strong passwords create a layer of protection. Paying attention to the device manufacturer and security features can help you pick out quality devices. Finally, safeguarding your home network builds a strong defense.

Learn more with our Internet of Things Infographic!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

IT Attends Microsoft Event in KC

Two of our staff, Brian Osbourn and Tyler Gastineau were invited to attend the Microsoft event in Kansas city. To hear from the Kansas City Royals and the city of Lenexa on how they utilized the Surface devices. They learned about the best practices, pros and cons and plans for the future. They also had the chance to see the new Surface and Surface Laptop.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cyber Trip Advisor - stay safe when you travel!

Good luck to all our Hornets during finals week - you can do it!!

Did you know that 90% of travel bookers use their smartphones to conduct research and navigate new cities? Before you take off into your well-deserved summer vacation, don't forget to check out our Cyber Trip Advisor and learn what you can do to keep your important information protected on the go.

See you in August!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Congratulations, IT Service Awards Winners!

This year, three of our IT employees: Greg Larson, Cheryl Alvarado and Armella Mitchell were recognized for 20 years of service. They were joined by over 50 ESU employees, recognized at an event on April 10, 2017.


Extra Congratulations: Anna Catterson for being recognized as the Outstanding Unclassified Professional Employee of the Year!!

Check out the new IT Security website!

The IT Security team is excited to announce the launch of the new Information Security website:

Explore topics such as password security and phishing scams and stay up-to-date with upcoming events! Visit the bookshelf for helpful tip sheets on topics such as travel, weddings and tax season!

Hornet Nation Wireless expands to Butcher and Earl Center

The Butcher Education Center and Earl Center were both added to the list of buildings on campus with the new Hornet Nation wireless.

To see the ever-growing list, go to