Deter, Detect, Defend: Safe Computing at Cairn University

Computer and information security has become one of the biggest technology concerns for every organization. As organizations accumulate a great deal of confidential information about their constituents, the goal is to protect the confidentiality, integrity and the availability (CIA) of information. The vast number of online threats from viruses, malware, spyware, phishing, social engineering etc. call for immediate action on the part of everyone. Thus, it is very important for all computer and technology users to be aware and prepared to deter, detect and defend the information they have access.  The responsibility of system security is shared by each end user; it is a University-wide issue that requires University-wide support.

Deter, Detect, Defend is a campaign sponsored by the University Technology Services and University Administration that seeks to establish a general awareness about safe computing as an organization at Cairn. Keeping the information confidential, preserving its integrity and availability takes more than the Technology Services staff. It takes a comprehensive approach from everyone.
Information Security and Safe Computing are vast areas of focus. However, we are going to take a three fold approach:

  1. Deter: Minimize the risk by taking the appropriate precautions to make it difficult for an incident to take place.
  2. Detect: Identify signs of an incident or online threat.
  3. Defend: Recover from an online threat. Steps to take, who to notify, etc.

In order to spread the awareness, Technology Services will provide hands-on training seminars, online video resources along with a weekly safe computing tip published in Campus Walk. 

Please refer to the links on the left for more information on how you can help Deter, Detect and Defend from any information security threats. For any questions, please contact Technology Services Support Center at (215) 702-4554 or


 Below are some sample phishing emails. Anytime you receive similar messages, make sure you do not respond. If in doubt, check it out with Technology Services.