IT continues observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Marshall University Information Technology (IT) department is participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) to raise awareness of Cyber Security issues. Throughout the month of October, Marshall IT will continue to share information from the national campaign.

Week 4 will emphasize the importance of securing our critical infrastructure and highlight the roles the public can play in keeping it safe. In addition, it will lead the transition into November’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, which is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Our nation’s critical infrastructure runs on the Internet. The systems that enable us to live our daily lives—the electrical systems, financial institutions, transportation systems, and more—are all dependent upon a digital ecosystem. As cybersecurity breaches continue to rise in frequency and scale, it is critical for all Marshall Students, Faculty and Staff to understand their role and take steps to protect our critical infrastructure.

To find out more information and ways to get involved in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, visit

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)- October 2018

The Marshall University Information Technology (IT) department is participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) to raise awareness of Cyber Security issues. Throughout the month of October, Marshall IT will be sharing information from the national campaign on Twitter, their website and through newsletter articles.

“The Marshall IT team looks forward to National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) as an annual opportunity to share with our campus community a variety of tips and techniques we can all use to protect the data and devices in our digital lives,” said Jon Cutler, chief information security officer. The Marshall Information Technology (IT) team has participated in the national cyber security awareness events since 2011. These annual events are a great opportunity to for each of us to increase our digital security awareness.”

National Cyber Security Awareness Month began in 2004 as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. NCSAM is celebrated across the country each October under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

“We know folks in the Marshall campus community are concerned about cyber threats but don’t always realize the part they can play in identifying and avoiding these attacks,” Cutler said. “It seems hardly a week goes by that we don’t hear or read about new computer security issue. Especially troubling this past year has been the steady increase of phishing attacks against campus email accounts. We trust you will find each of the weekly topics to be helpful and welcome any feedback in how those messages can be improved.”

Different cyber security topics will be discussed each week including basic online safety and security, workplace cyber security, recognizing and combating cyber-crime, our continuously connected lives and what to do if you are a victim of cyber-crime.

For more information about NCSAM, visit You are also invited to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and the use of hashtags #MarshallUInfoSec #CyberAware and #StopThinkConnect on Twitter throughout the month of October.

MU Information Security Alert

A number of fradulent emails have been circulating with various subjects and senders, all with message bodies looking similar to the image below.  Many accounts are continuing to be compromised. Please DO NOT CLICK any links in messages which look similar to the image below, or any other messages before verifying the sender, verifying the URL, and ensuring you expect the message and that it is legitimate.




  1. (Optional) Report a suspicious email message sent to your email address by forwarding the message to You will receive an auto-reply confirming receipt of the message as well as additional instructions.
  2. Delete the message from your inbox.
  3. As long as you did not attempt to open the attachment, reply/click on the web link, or provide any personal information, no additional action is needed; however…
  4. If you attempted to open an attachment or visited a website where you submitted your username, password or other sensitive information, you should immediately contact the Marshall IT Service Desk at (304) 696-3200 /


Security Tip: Use of the ‘Skeptical Hover Technique’ Most email applications allow you to simply hover your mouse – without clicking – over an embedded web link to preview where the hidden link will try to send you if you should click it.


ALWAYS be suspicious of any unexpected email messages (regardless of the source) which include file attachments,  web URL’s, or are written with a sense of urgency that you must provide computer passwords or reveal personal financial information.


Phishing Scams and Compromised Accounts – What Should I Do?


InfoSec Tips #7: Don’t Be Tricked


Thank you for your continued awareness,



Improve your technology security awareness using Lynda Campus

Marshall University Information Technology provides access to Lynda Campus for ALL students, faculty and staff. This service provides the university, and the members of its community, with easy online access to in-depth training demos on a wide variety of topics underlining important technical and life skills.






Members of the Marshall community utilize technology on a day-to-day basis and Lynda Campus provides easy ways to improve technology skills including how to safeguard your computer, keep your digital data secure, properly managing your passwords, protect your online privacy, and to help you prevent viruses and security breaches across your devices. Learning, understanding and executing these technology skills will benefit and protect you and the university as a whole.

Related topics include:

Learning Computer Security and Internet Safety
Cybersecurity Awareness: Mobile Device Security
Password Management Playlist

To access these videos and more, visit and sign in using your MUNet Account username and password. Access is available both on and off-campus. is also available in the app store for smart devices.

Benefits to using include:

Unlimited access to courses on a wide variety of technologies and disciplines
Up-to-date content to keep skills current and learn new skills
New courses added each week
Tutorials taught by recognized industry experts
Access to instructors’ exercise files to follow along as you learn
Closed captioning and searchable, time-coded transcripts
Beginner to advanced courses
Option to watch complete courses or bite-size videos as you need them


Need assistance? System Requirements

Contact the IT Service Desk, located on the first floor in the Drinko Library and Information Center, email: or call 304-696-3200.

We Are….IT! Feature Friday – Jon Cutler

Picture of Jon Cutler

Jon Cutler

Chief Information Security Officer



What degrees do you hold?
B.B.A Emphasis on Business Information Systems – Marshall University
M.S Emphasis in Technology Management – Marshall University
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

How would you describe your role in 10 words or less?
I manage risk and raise awareness of information security around campus.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
The variety of people and professions. One day I may be talking to a faculty member who is an expert in science or arts, the next day I may be talking with a group of students, and after that work with campus administrators over in Old Main. I never go home thinking “Wow, my job is so boring.”

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston area?
Whatever is new, especially with different types of international food. Most recently I’ve just visited Shangri-La Chinese restaurant, they are great!

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Someplace outdoors, but not too crowded. Recently visited the Pacific Northwest and enjoyed their old-growth forests. Standing in the middle of a grove of trees that have been around for 500-700 years…it can really change your perspective on what’s important.

What are you currently watching/Binging?
I believe our TV is stuck on the Home & Garden (HGTV) channel with the usual group of do-it-yourself and fixer-upper shows. Also enjoy a good sci-fi or psychology-thriller on Netflix.

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
Planes, trains, and automobiles. I enjoy airshows and aircraft museums. I also have been building and flying model radio-controlled (R/C) aircraft. Growing up in Huntington I have always loved the railroad, but have a deep interest in learning more about the era of ‘big steam engines’ (1900-1950’s). Automobiles, well I love to hop in the car with my wife Mona and go to places where we can see…planes and trains.

What is your LinkedIn?

How can someone from our community reach you?

We Are… IT! Feature Friday – Sarah Quarles

Sarah Quarles

IT Security Analyst

What degrees do you hold?
BS – Integrated Science & Technology with an emphasis in Digital Forensics obtained from Marshall University

How would you describe your role?
I assist the CISO in protecting the security of IT infrastructure, devices on the network, and sensitive university data. I maintain the client inventory and software deployment system, Symantec Endpoint Protection antivirus management server, and the MU Alert contact database. Also involved in patch management, license compliance, vulnerability testing, incident response, and more.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
Getting exposed to various new technologies and software, while applying my technical skills and ideas. I also enjoy the higher education atmosphere and getting to walk around the beautiful campus.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston are?
Jewel City – Best fish tacos in the world!

What is your favorite vacation spot?
The beach or a cabin our in the woods where I can hike or kayak. Anywhere warm and near moving water.

What are you currently watching/binging?
Classic movies from the 30s-50s.

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
Sewing, classic movies, hiking, kayaking, outdoors, running, lifting weights, and working out.

Any additional interests you’d like to add?
I’m a volunteer seamstress for Sow for Love, a non-profit organization that provides recyclable feminine products, clothing, and hygiene kits to poverty-stricken families in Haiti. I also operate video cameras at my church and the information desk for the children’s ministry.

How can someone from our community reach you?

Plug in your LinkedIn
Sarah Quarles




Safer Internet Day!

Today, February 6, 2018, is Safer Internet Day (SID), a worldwide event aimed at promoting the safe and positive use of digital technology for all users, especially children and teens. This year’s SID theme—Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better Internet starts with you—encourages everyone to play their part in creating a better, safer, and more secure Internet.

NCCIC/US-CERT encourages users to view the Safer Internet Day website to view tips.

Safer Internet Day 2018 logo

Tax Identity Theft

Reminder:  Use caution during tax season to protect yourself against tax identity theft scams!










Marshall University Information Technology (MUIT) wants to warn the Marshall community to be on the look-out for Tax Identity Theft scams. Many federal agencies are offering information and resources to help consumers learn to protect themselves from tax-related identity theft and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) imposter scams.
MUIT along with the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) encourage consumers to review IRS publication Taxes.Security.Together. and NCCIC/US-CERT Tip Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft. Users can also participate in a series of free webinars and chats on avoiding tax identity theft, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, IRS, Department of Veterans Affairs, and others.
For more information about Information Security at Marshall University please visit our website: .

MU Alert Test – Spring 2018

Marshall University will be conducting a test of the MU Alert emergency messaging system on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10 a.m.. This is an opt-in service available to MU community members. Subscribers are asked to be sure they receive a message by noon on Wednesday, and if necessary update their contact information via the myMU interface. If the information is correct and no message was received, please email with details on which method (text, email, and/or voice) did not work and the details for each pertinent method. Please sign up or update your information prior to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23rd to be included on the test.

Additional information is available on the MU Alert website.