Cyber Security

As our lives continue to become more interconnected, our use of online technology continues to grow. Even when we are not directly connected to the internet, the infrastructure of a worldwide network of computers supports our daily lives and choices. Beyond our typical use of cell phones and computers, we use technology to track many essentials of our daily lives including gaming, nutrition, recreation, shopping, exercise, with devices in our cars, in our homes, and just about everywhere – our last Google search, our last Amazon purchase, etc. Our daily choices have the potential to impact our community as a whole and individually.  The reality is our lives are very closely tied to the data that feeds and makes up the internet.
As a community, all of us at UCLA should be individually and collectively responsible to secure the devices and networks we use. Our individual choices have the potential to impact the cyber-safety of our entire UCLA community. We can proactively increase our campus community’s safety by cultivating cybersecure habits consistent with latest security practices and rooted in the willingness to learn and share our knowledge with others. Together we can foster a more safe, resistant, and protected environment.

UCLA is a Cyber Champion among higher educational institutions nationwide who work to raise cyber awareness within their campus communities and to encourage everyone to protect their computers, mobile devices, networks, data, and private information.  The IT Security Office welcomes you to be part of our collective efforts to keep UCLA safe. Keep an eye out for our posters, digital signs, and safety and security tips/videos. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and check out our InfoSec Blog –The CyberSafe Bruin.  Help lead our campus by cultivating cyber-awareness. Never underestimate the difference that each and every Bruin can make in this effort – It’s Our Shared Responsibility.


Report a Cyber Security Concern:

International travel presents additional risks related to the theft of sensitive data and exposure to malware that can be harmful while traveling and upon your return.


Check for encryption import restrictions (e.g., China, Israel, and Russia) and US export control laws

If allowed, encrypt all information on all devices

Image the device and backup your data

Ensure antivirus, security patches, and firewall are enabled and up to date

Remove all sensitive data and any information that is not needed


Use loaner laptops and loaner mobile devices whenever possible

Use VPN to access UCLA resources and approved cloud services (i.e., Box)

Use a non privileged account and keep track of credentials used so you can change them later

Use private browsing to prevent credentials from being cached

Do not plug in untrusted accessories (flash drives, charging cables, memory cards)

Do not join networks automatically; turn off wireless, Bluetooth, and GPS when not being used

Assume WiFi is insecure, utilize VPN and Eduroam when possible


Avoid immediately connecting to personal or business networks

Wipe the computer, reinstall the operating systems, and restore the applications and data

Change all credentials used during your travels


For the most up to date information check out: 

UCLA Information Security Office's website has a lot of helpful information to keep you safe online: 

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