College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

Office of Technology Systems
 Security & Policies

Virus Protection
CUNY provides all students, faculty, and staff **FREE** McAfee Antivirus protection for their home computers and laptops. To take advantage of this offer, you will need to visit the CUNY E-Mall software center available through the CUNY Portal.

Virtual Private Network
To ensure the integrity and privacy of personal information, CSI uses a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for its intranet and its access to CUNY Systems. This encrypts all data and uses the best available technology to guarantee security and privacy.

The College uses spam detection appliances from Barracuda to quarantine unsolicited emails.  A Spam Quarantine Summary  will be emailed to users providing them with the ability to deliver, whitelist, delete, or view suspect emails.

Email Etiquette

  • Transmitting copyrighted software or other copyrighted material on the network without authorization is prohibited.
  • The use of the College e-mail network for sending or storing messages, which are harassing, obscene or fraudulent, is prohibited.
  • Retrieving, diverting, or reading correspondence addressed to others is prohibited.
  • Resources must not be used in a manner that could reasonably be expected to cause or does cause, directly or indirectly, unwarranted or unsolicited interference with the activity of other users, including:
    • Chain letters, virus hoaxes or other e-mail transmissions that potentially disrupt normal e-mail service;
    • Spamming, junk mail or other unsolicited mail that is not related to CUNY business and is sent without a reasonable expectation that the recipient would welcome receiving it;
    • The inclusion one-mail lists of individuals who have not requested membership on the lists, other than the inclusion of members of the CUNY community on lists related to CUNY business;
    • Downloading of large videos, films or similar media files for personal use.
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Identity Theft & Cyber Security
What is identity theft?
Identity theft is a crime in which an imposter obtains such key pieces of information as a Social Security number, driver's license number, or credit card number to obtain merchandise and services, credit, and loans in the name of the victim. For more information, including a link to an informative 30 minute Information Security Awareness Presentation, please visit:

OUCH Free Security Awareness Newsletter
OUCH! is the world's leading, free security awareness newsletter designed for the common computer user. Published every month and in multiple languages, each edition is carefully researched and developed by the SANS Securing The Human team, SANS instructor subject matter experts and team members of the community. Each issue focuses on and explains a specific topic and actionable steps people can take to protect themselves, their family and their organization. OUCH! is distributed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. You are encouraged to distribute OUCH! within your organization or share with family and friends, the only limitation is you cannot modify nor sell OUCH!. Click here for the OUCH! Archive.

Security / Privacy Policies
Please go to Security/Privacy Policy to get more information.