OTS - Cybersecurity
Welcome to the College of Southern Nevada’s resource for information technology security. It is important that everyone who uses a computer, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or any kind of smart device understands how to keep their information safe. OTS is committed to helping our faculty, staff and students protect their information and keep it as secure as possible.
Secure choices you can make:
Click Wisely: Beware of phishing emails and scams and only click on links you trust. Forward suspicious emails to .
Protect Your Password: Use strong and unique passwords and implement two-step verification when possible. Don’t share your password and use different passwords for work and non-work activities.
Protect Data: Make sure to protect PII data you may handle. Securely encrypt (Link to encrypt how to) or delete files with sensitive information.
Use CSN Email: CSN email should be used to conduct CSN business. Don’t forward or save college sensitive emails to personal devices or email accounts.
Use Supported Tools: Don’t use unsupported or unapproved software or hardware without consulting OTS. Downloading software to CSN devices or attaching voice enabled devices or hardware to the CSN network can compromise data at the college.
Physical Security: Never leave laptops and mobile devices unsecure and unattended. Secure your area and lock computer screens before leaving them unattended-even if for a few seconds! Password protect all of your devices using strong authentication when possible.
Whenever you need to send an email to a recipient outside of CSN, it is very important that it be encrypted, especially if it contains Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of students, staff, or faculty. PII is defined by the US Government as:
Information which can be used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity, such as their name, social security number, biometric records, etc. alone, or when combined with other personal or identifying information which is linked or linkable to a specific individual, such as date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, etc.
If you have received spam or a suspicious email, follow the steps below:
- Do not click any links within the email.
- Forward the message to so the OTS team can investigate the email.
- Delete the email.
If you have clicked any links within the email or opened any suspicious attachments, contact the OTS Help Desk.