Office of Information Security

Shield Planet

About the Office of Information Security

At Central Oregon Community College, we prioritize the security of our students, faculty, and staff.

Information security is crucial in safeguarding personal data, academic records, and sensitive information.

We are committed to providing a safe and secure online environment for all members of our community

What is Information Security?

Information security involves protecting data from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction.

The Office of Information Security deploys various measures and practices aimed at ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.

Our Commitment to Information Security

The Office of Information Security employs industry-standard practices and technologies to safeguard our systems and data.

Our dedicated team regularly monitors and updates security measures to mitigate risks and prevent potential threats.

Resources and Support

The Office of Information Security is here to assist you with any questions or concerns regarding information and cyber-security.

Feel free to email us at for guidance, training, or support in enhancing your online security practices.

How can I contribute to an environment of great Information Security?

  1. If you see something, say something. If you notice an email that seems like it may be a phishing attempt (contains spelling errors, is poorly written, etc.) report it to COCC Office of Information Security immediately by forwarding the email to
  2. Look closely at links and URLs provided within emails. Hover your cursor over links in an email to show the URL destination – if you don’t recognize the URL or if it appears suspicious, report the message. 
  3. Watch out for fake login pages. If you are taken to a page that prompts you for your COCC Login credentials, look at the URL in your browser to ensure it appears legitimate. 
  4. Be wary of attachments. Don’t download or open attachments from email senders that you don’t recognize, even if they are from an COCC email address. 
  5. Don’t fall for attempts at false urgency. If an email is asking you to take urgent action, it is often an attempt to get you to click on a malicious link. (Watch for phrases like “Failure to Verify will result in the closing of your account” or “resolve in order to avoid termination within 24 hours”).
  6. Share this information widely and often with your students, teams, and colleagues – We especially need help reinforcing with our students and new employees the importance of being vigilant against phishing attacks. Please share and communicate where and when you can.