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Take steps to protect your personally identifiable information from phishers

The University of Georgia is committed to protecting the personally identifiable information of its students, faculty and staff as its first and foremost business requirement for all IT systems. …Avoid, if at all possible, the receipt, transmission or storage of sensitive or restricted information, such as Social Security numbers or credit card numbers. If handling this information is required for business purposes, the university has made tools available to all units, discussed at, that will reduce the risks associated with handling this information.

Compromised computer passwords obtained through phishing or other fraudulent means pose significant risks for UGA. Malware-based computer infections through casual Web browsing (or email) are also growing at an alarming rate. The best defense is aggressive adoption of ArchPass two-step login for accessing all UGA technology platforms. Mandatory ArchPass-based logins for eLC, Athena and the Employee Self-Service site will be required later this semester. More communications about this rollout will be forthcoming. Anyone who has not signed up for ArchPass should visit and enroll today.

UGA has other tools available to mitigate malware-based information security risks. For more information on these resources, visit and click on Tools, or contact Ben Myers, UGA’s chief information security officer, by email at

Source: UGA ArchNews email