Contributing to IT Security


Maintaining appropriate security measures requires the cooperation of all persons using the IT resources and services, that is not only IT staff, but also users such as students and faculty. In particular, this applies to:

  • Protection of individual users' end devices (notebooks, smartphones, tablets, etc.)
  • Protection of individual passwords
  • Reporting of detected security threats


Safe surfing; installation of dubious software; removal of administrator rights; using a safe password; awareness of phishing attempts, caution with persons claiming to be administrators or ServiceDesk staff

Useful Websites for Further Information

  • Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (de) - Federal Office for Information Security / BSI

    The BSI is a federal agency is an independent organization providing answers to questions on IT security issues

  • Bürger-CERT (de)
    Bürger-CERT is a project initiated by the Federal Office for Information Security, BSI for short, which is to warn citizens in case of new threats from viruses, worms, or newly deteced system vulnerabilities. Bürger-CERT is a neutral, free-of-charge service.

  • Anti-Phishing Working Group, Inc.
    The APWG is the worldwide coalition unifying the global response to cybercrime across industry, government and law-enforcement sectors. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG-IPC) and CMU’s CUPS created a webpage to educate users about phishing. The page explains that they have just fallen for a phishing communication (e-mail or otherwise) and advises consumers and enterprise users ways they can help themselves to avoid being victimized in the future.