9/22: A Message from the Chief Information Security Officer

Dear USC Students,

I hope you are settling well into the fall semester. While this may not be how we all imagined starting off the school year, we should be proud of how the Trojan community has come together and adapted during these challenging times. As our daily lives increasingly take place in digital spaces, so does the importance of cybersecurity and keeping our USC and personal information safe and secure.   

This pandemic has brought with it an increase in cyberthreat activities worldwide and USC is not immune. Phishing and malware attacks have increased by 667% as of this spring. You can read more about phishing and malware attacks here

Also, we are excited to tell you about a new tool that helps solve the problem of having to remember all of your passwords! We’re pleased to announce the launch of LastPass Premium for all USC students, faculty and staff! This is a FREE, easy-to-use solution that gives you ONE password that syncs with all of the passwords on every one of your personal devices. Go to TrojanSecure for more information and to sign up for this helpful new tool! 

We here at USC’s Information Technology Services (ITS) Office of the Chief Information Security Officer work diligently to protect us all from these threats; however, we’d like to remind you that you also need to take an active role in protecting USC and your personal information.

Here are some helpful links and tools to help you stay safe online:

Securing Your Internet Connections

Connect using USC VPN (AnyConnect)

Creating and Maintaining Secure Passphrases

Use Complex Passwords

Use LastPass Premium Password Manager

Keeping Your Accounts and Devices Secure

Use 2 Factor Authentication (Duo)

Install Sophos Home on your Devices

Staying Safe on Zoom Meetings

Keep your Zoom Meeting Secure

Storing Online Documents Securely

Store Documents on Microsoft OneDrive for Business

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping us all safe and secure. For more guidance, tips, and tricks, please visit us at trojansecure.usc.edu. You can also find additional information and training at keepteaching.usc.edu. If you have any questions or need support, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

Stay safe and Fight On!



Gus Anagnos

Chief Information Security Officer

Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

USC Information Technology Services

University of Southern California