Information Security at SUNY Plattsburgh

What is Information Security?

Information security refers to policies and practices intended to protect information and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, perusal, inspection, recording or destruction

What is cyber security?

It seems that everything relies on computers and the Internet now— communication (email, cellphones), entertainment (digital cable, mp3s), transportation (car engine systems, airplane navigation), shopping (online stores, credit cards), medicine (equipment, medical records), and the list goes on. How much of your daily life relies on computers? How much of your personal information is stored either on your own computer or on someone else's system? Cyber security involves protecting that information by preventing, detecting, and responding to attacks.

Campus Information Security Committee Charge

Read the Committee Charge

Key information for students

Protect your devices and information by following these five tech tips:

  1. Secure your password - be sure to change it frequently and never share it.
  2. Keep back-up files of all important information on your computer.
  3. Never open e-mail messages or attachments from unsolicited sources. Doing so can expose your system to destructive viruses.
  4. Never give out private information to unsolicited e-mails or telephone calls. In this way you'll protect yourself from fraud, hoaxes, and "phishing" scams.
  5. Conserve resources - print only what you need. The planet will appreciate your support!

Key information for faculty and staff

Explore these resources to learn more


Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Fenwick (Hap) Wheeler, Information Security Committee Chair 
Network Manager, Library and Information Technology Services Network Operations
Kehoe 0417
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-4039

Holly Heller-Ross, Information Security Officer 
Dean of Library and Information Technology Services
SUNY Plattsburgh
2 Draper Ave., Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-5192
Fax: (518) 564-5100