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OC Cyber Center

Wel­come to the OC Cyber Cen­ter. OC desires to pro­vide infor­ma­tion that will assist you in being cyber safe.

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Our Mission & Vision

Cybersecurity Education Center (CEC)

About the Cybersecurity Education Center

Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has established the Cybersecurity Education Center to provide opportunity for faculty and students from OC and institutions throughout Oklahoma, as well as industry and government partners, to gain critical cybersecurity knowledge and hands-on skills, and to educate from a Christian worldview those who will serve as the next generation cybersecurity professionals.

Vision Statement

The CEC will be recognized nationally as a leader in cybersecurity education, producing the next generation of security professionals and leaders, to solve real-world cybersecurity problems.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CEC is to provide an educational program to develop the cybersecurity leaders, innovators, and researchers of tomorrow. The Center will also provide resources to support faculty, students, and partners in securing and protecting their systems and data.

Point of Contact

Curtis Coleman, MS CISSP CISM
Asst Professor, Computer Science
Director of Cybersecurity Education Center
405.425.5472
| Curtis.Coleman@oc.edu | Profile

News: Adap­tive Cyber Defense Grant Funds Edu­ca­tion and Research

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Top 10 Cybersecurity Tips for Students

Students are targeted by hackers!

Make some defensive cybersecurity moves to proactively protect yourself from online attacks.

10 Things to Do:

1: Be aware you are a target. You are at risk of attacks, scams and other cyber crime. Your personal and financial well-being are at stake.

2: Update your software to the lates OS including security patches by turning on auto updates. Use secure web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox or Brave, which are frequently updated.

3: Good password management. Use a strong mix of characters, different passwords for each account, and keep it private. Please avoid writing your password on a post-it attached to your monitor.

4: Recognize phishing scams. All email attachments and links are suspect. Double check the url for spelling and do not click anything suspicious for any reason.

5: Protect your financial data. Banking or shopping should ONLY be done on a device that belongs to you using a network that you trust, preferably using a secure VPN.

6: Social awareness. Cyber criminals who befriend you on social media can gain access to a shocking about of info about you. Say 'No' when asked to share personal info and do not allow yourself to be socially manipulated.

7: Guard your devices. Never leave your computer, phone or tablet where someone can access it, no matter how short the time frame. Treat your flash or external drives with the same security.

8: Use 2-factor authentication. This provides two layers of security so if your password is hacked, your account can be protected.

9: Install anti- virus and spyware protection from known and trusted sources. Then, keep you anti-virus software updated!

10: Backup your data early and often! A clean back up is the only way to recover after a virus attack, or worse - a ransomware attack!

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Cyber Safe­ty for Businesses

Resources to help businesses stay cyber secure

Small businesses often do not have cybersecurity professionals on staff and must trust the tools and plug-ins at their disposal. But, there is more that can be done to protect yourself, your business and your customers.

10 Things to Do:

1: Train employees in security principles.

2: Protect information, computers and networks from cyber attacks.

3: Provide firewall security for your internet connection.

4: Create a mobile device action plan.

5: Make backup copies of important business data and information.

6: Control physical access to your computers and create user accounts for each employee.

7: Secure your wifi networks.

8: Employ best practices on payment cards.

9: Limit employee access to data and information, limit authority to install software.

10: Passwords and authentication

Leading Cybersecurity Voices

Stay current with cybersecurity news and trends.

Cyber safety relies on you to be current. Current in updating your software and current on trending cyber crimes and tactics. Be aware of threats and conscious of protecting your devices and information.

Nation­al Cyber League

Cyber Eagles

Cyber Eagles club is open to students, age 14 to graduate students, who are interested in learning cybersecurity skills like password cracking and cryptography. Cyber expert Professor Curtis Coleman coaches local students on campus, and national teammates online. Eight weeks of online training leads to biannual, virtual competitions in the National Cyber League (NCL) where you are placed in a bracket that matches your skill level for both individual and team cyber battles.

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