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How Do I Protect My SAM Account From Unauthorized Access?



Protecting your SAM (System for Award Management) account from unauthorized access is crucial to safeguard your organization’s sensitive information and maintain the integrity of your SAM registration. Here are essential steps to help you protect your SAM account:

  1. Create a Strong Password:
    • Use a complex, unique password for your SAM account. Include a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid easily guessable information like birthdays or common words.
  2. Change Password Regularly:
    • Periodically change your SAM password to reduce the risk of unauthorized access. Avoid using the same password across multiple accounts.
  3. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA):
    • Whenever possible, enable 2FA for your SAM account. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second verification step, such as a one-time code sent to your mobile device.
  4. Secure Email Access:
    • Ensure that the email address associated with your SAM account is secure. Access to your SAM account often relies on email notifications, so protect your email account with a strong password and 2FA.
  5. Use a Secure Connection:
    • When accessing SAM online, use a secure and private network connection. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks, especially for sensitive SAM activities.
  6. Beware of Phishing Emails:
    • Be cautious of emails claiming to be from SAM or related federal agencies. Verify the sender’s email address and avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading attachments. SAM does not send unsolicited requests for sensitive information.
  7. Secure Your SAM Credentials:
  8. Monitor SAM Notifications:
  9. Keep SAM Information Updated:
    • Maintain accurate and up-to-date contact information in your SAM registration. This ensures that SAM notifications reach the correct contacts within your organization.
  10. Limit Access:
    • Grant access to your SAM account only to individuals who need it for specific roles, such as the Entity Administrator, Entity Registration Delegate, or Financial Assistance Certification roles. Remove access for individuals who no longer require it.
  11. Train Staff:
    • Educate your staff about the importance of cybersecurity and how to recognize common threats like phishing attempts. Awareness can prevent unauthorized access.
  12. Log Out Properly:
    • Always log out of your SAM account when you’re done using it, especially if you’re accessing it from a shared or public computer.
  13. Regularly Review SAM Activity:
    • Periodically review your SAM account activity to ensure there are no unauthorized changes or access. Look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries.
  14. Keep Software Updated:
    • Ensure that the devices you use to access SAM have up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware software.
  15. Report Suspicious Activity:
    • If you suspect unauthorized access to your SAM account, report it immediately to SAM’s helpdesk or customer support.

By following these security measures and remaining vigilant, you can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized access to your SAM account and protect your organization’s sensitive information.


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