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Division of Information Technology

IT Security Team Closely Monitoring Circumstances in Ukraine

The University Information Security Office is closely watching the evolving situation in Ukraine. Many federal and state agencies have advised information security professionals to remain extremely vigilant in monitoring environments for possible cybersecurity threats. While we are not aware of any direct threats to the university, our team at UofSC is ready to activate our incident response plan if necessary.

The federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency said, "While there are no specific or credible cyber threats to the U.S. homeland at this time, Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, which has involved cyber-attacks on Ukrainian government and critical infrastructure organizations, may impact organizations both within and beyond the region, particularly in the wake of sanctions imposed by the United States and our Allies. Every organization—large and small—must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber activity."

All individuals should take steps to mitigate disruption of your personal systems, files, and data.



  1. Make sure your computers have updated antivirus software.
  2. Set strong, unique passwords or passphrases. Do not re-use passwords on multiple sites. 
  3. Utilize multi-factor authentication whenever the option is available.
  4. Never click links in suspicious text messages or emails. 
  5. Forward phishing emails to
  6. Delete unused apps from your devices.
  7. Contact the IT Service Desk if you suspect your data has been compromised. 

More online safety tips can be found on the National Cybersecurity Alliance page.

For an even deeper dive into how you can protect yourself online, visit 

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