IT Security at UC Santa Barbara

We use the Internet at work, home, for enjoyment, and to connect with those close to us. However, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. Universities, which are characterized by their openness based on academic freedom, are among the most widely attacked targets. The University takes steps to ensure the security of our infrastructure and systems, but cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone can take a few simple steps to make the Internet more secure!


Cyber Security Tip: Social Engineering

In the context of IT Security, the Oxford Dictionary defines social engineering as “the use of deception to manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes.”

Social engineering is often a confidence trick done to obtain access to systems and confidential data that can be part of a bigger scheme. It is still on the rise and is now the No. 1 cause of breaches, according to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR).

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Security For Faculty & Staff

Find more information for important security topics such as data backups and storage, phishing scams and information technology security best practices specifically relevant to faculty and staff at UC Santa Barbara.

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Security For Students

Discover relevant security information for topics such as social media and password management best practices to help you be safe and prepared to handle IT security situations as a UC Santa Barbara student.

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Security For IT Professionals

Find IT services and information specifically tailored to UC Santa Barbara IT professionals including Password Management Applications, Inventories, and Web Application Security.

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Report a Security Incident

Information Security encourages UCSB computer and network users to report all email abuses as well as computer intrusions and other hostile activity to our Network Security Team. With your help we can better mitigate the security risks around campus.

Report Harassing or Unwanted Email

We encourage UCSB computer and network users to report email abuses as well as computer intrusions and other hostile activity.

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Report Scanning, Hacking, and Other Hostile Activity

We take matters of hacking and other hostile activity seriously and will investigate all reports of abusive activity.

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Report Lost or Stolen Computer Device

Complete this form to report your lost or stolen device to the Network Security Team. If this is an emergency, please contact the local authority.

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News & Events

Back to School Cybersecurity

Over 200,000 UC students will be starting classes over the next couple of months. The new school year is an exciting time for students, faculty, and staff. It’s also an exciting time for hackers, identity thieves, and other unscrupulous types who take advantage of people during this busy time of year.

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Phishing for Gift Cards

In the past few weeks, the campus experienced a rash of phishing attacks.  The most common form is a short message that starts with something like, "quick help needed," "are you in the office?," or "available?" - Anything to attract a response. The messages often appear to come from vice chancellors, deans, and department chairs.

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Cyber-Smart Traveling

Traveling today is so much easier with technology -- whether it’s to the coffee shop around the corner or to a café in Paris. Unfortunately, traveling with devices can mean increased cyber risks for keeping your personal and University information private, as well as the potential for device theft.

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Digital Spring Cleaning

Many of us are familiar with the concept of spring cleaning. This year, consider taking some time to spring clean your digital life, too. Just like your home, your digital life can become cluttered; things pile up, get out of date, get lost, are no longer needed or need some care.

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Password Best Practices

Passwords are the key to almost everything you do online, and you probably have multiple passwords that you use throughout the day. Choosing hard-to-hack passwords and managing them securely can sometimes seem inconvenient.

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Security Personnel On Campus

Information Security at UCSB is a distributed effort shared among IT teams and individuals across campus. You can find key resources in your divisions, departments, and in ETS. Here are some places to start.


Office of the CIO

Sam Horowitz, CISO

Core IT (Enterprise Technology Services)

Kevin Schmidt, SOC manager

Security Operations Center (SOC)

Administrative and Residential IT (ARIT)

Kip Bates, Associate CISO

Student Affairs, SIS&T

Tom Lawton, ISO

UCSB Cyber Security Checkup

What better way to make sure you're secure with a cyber security checkup? View the documents below to follow best practices for securing your devices on or off campus. 

UCSB Cyber Security Checkup

UCSB Cyber Security Checkup (Off Campus)