National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! With help from our partners at KnowBe4, we dedicate every October to further educating the Wayne State University community about cyber security.

The resources on this page have been collected to help you better understand actions you can take on your own to secure your data and devices.

All year long, the C&IT Information Security Office works tirelessly to protect systems, software, and sensitive data the university uses in its daily operations.

Policies Phishing Applications
University Information Security Standards protect your info, devices, and the entire Wayne State community. Our secure email system keeps you safe from scammers and users have the power to report phishing scams too. We partner with vendors like DUO Security (two-factor authentication)
and Global Protect (VPN) to enforce extra layers of security surrounding sensitive data. We encourage all Warriors to consider how they can protect their own data. Being informed and extra cautious online can help us protect the Wayne State community—and it can also keep you safe outside of the Wayne State network. 

Email and phishing

Check suspicious emails for these red flags to help decide if they are legitimate and trustworthy.
How to Spot Them How to Report Them Why We Get Them
  • URL: Hover over a link to see if it really goes to a WSU site.
  • Spelling and grammar: Simple errors prove it's not a mass communication from the university, which goes through editorial processes.
  • Urgency: Wayne State will never demand personal information, including passwords, in an email.
  • Forward it: If you're suspicious of an email from a Wayne State identity, forward it to verify its legitimacy.
  • Report it in Outlook: Use the built-in tools to report scam emails. Learn more at
  • Just like a virus mutates, scammers are constantly evolving their strategies to break past our security standards. That's why it's important to remain vigilant and learn how to protect yourself.
  • Educational institutions, especially those that do a lot of research like Wayne State, own a lot of data that is desirable to scammers.
  • It's easier for scammers to fool or gain the trust of an individual who already has access to the data they want than it is for them to access the data themselves from outside of the institution.


Password Management with Kevin Mitnick from KnowBe4 on Vimeo.

LastPass Strong Password Standard Forever Passwords
A password manager like LastPass helps you keep your passwords saved without making them vulnerable like they are when written and stored physically. Password Managers like LastPass also help create unique passwords for all of your accounts. Wayne State recommends LastPass. Follow the Wayne State Strong Password Standard to create a secure password. Learn how to create an AccessID password you won't have to update at

Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication ensures no one can access your account—even with your password—because it requires a second form of verification using your mobile phone.

Duo Two-Factor Authentication Microsoft Authenticator
Coming soon!
  • Duo Two-Factor Authentication at Wayne State:
  • Microsoft Authenticator: Coming soon

Mobile Attacks

As we rely on our phones more and more, it's important to understand how they make us vulnerable to scammers.

Michigan Secure

The State of Michigan government offers a free mobile app that helps keep your smartphone safe. Michigan Secure alerts you of unsafe Wi-Fi networks, apps and downloads, and system tampering. The security app helps you understand settings on your phone that can keep you and your data safe.

Download Michigan Secure