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CISO Talks At Welcome Week

September 16, 2019

Dr. Pablo Molina, Drexel University’s Chief Information Security Officer, spoke with incoming students during Welcome Week about information security threats and defenses against them. 

Dr. Molina debunked some myths about information security. He discussed current hacking methods to steal sensitive information, like phishing attacks and social engineering. He showed scam emails in which malicious actors impersonate professors, banks, credit card companies, and even employers. Hackers adopt fake identities to steal a person’s information and money.

"Back it up, lock it up, and track it down" are three concrete steps that students can take to protect their personal information and defend against cyberattacks. Backing up information in more than one storage location, e.g., the cloud and a computer, protects against damage, loss, and malware. Strong access restrictions, like a strong and unique password or passphrase, also keep information protected. Dr. Molina encouraged students to register their devices with the University’s Public Safety department. If a device is stolen, Drexel Public Safety can sometimes track it down and return it.

Keeping software up to date is critical because many updates include patches against recently discovered security threats. Finally, Dr. Molina strongly recommended that all students take security awareness training. As an incentive, students who take the new DUST -Drexel University Security Training- receive a certificate of completion. To enroll in this short online training, email