October 2012 IT Security and Help Desk Newsletter

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month 

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Today, we are more interconnected than ever before. Not only do we use the Internet to stay connected, informed, and involved, but we rely on it for all of our day-to-day needs. The nation's critical infrastructure relies heavily on the Internet for  everything from submitting taxes, to applying for student loans, to following traffic signals, to even powering our homes. Can you imagine our lives without the Internet?

Yet, for all of its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risk of crime - thus making cybersecurity one of our country's most important national security priorities. Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity, President Obama designated October asNational Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. October 2012 marks the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center(MS-ISAC). - From DHS.gov

 

October Security Topic - Wi-Fi Security

We will be providing a PDF of this article and future articles. These articles are provided the University of Colorado Office of Information Security. -   Wi-Fi Security

Cloud Storage and Data Collaboration Guidance

IT has been listening and understands that there is a need to have:

  • A place where users can store more files than what your Z: drive allows
  •  A service where users can share files with others
  •  A service where users can collaborate on projects, papers, and research

We have set up a working group to discuss these issues and offer the campus a solution.  Until we can fully explore and implement a solution that will cover the requirements and be cost effective we would like offer our suggestions on what currently is available to you as an end user and also remind you of some policies on how University data is to be treated.

We have put up a new page to help guide you through this: Cloud Storage and Data Collaboration

Old Help Desk Website

In July the Help Desk rolled out a new website, to minimize impact during the start of the semester we left the old website up and running.  On October 15th we will be removing the link to the old website and all old pages, if you have not done so already please be sure to update any links to the Help Desk website that you may have. 

Checkout Projectors and Laptops

Did you know the Help Desk has projectors and laptops available for checkout?  We have 5 projectors, 6 Windows Laptops and 1 MacBook that can be checked out for up to 1 week.  This equipment can be reserved up to 1 month ahead of time and is intended for on campus use only.  There is no cost to checkout this equipment and it is intended to assist with the needs of your classes.  To make a reservation please call us at 255-3536. 

Keeping Campus Safe - The Numbers

Incoming spam and malicious emails kept out of your inbox in the past 30 days: 3,632,311 

Software Update Notes

Microsoft September Updates - Please make sure you save your work before you head home tonight (10/9). The updates may cause your computer to reboot.

Mac September Updates - Be sure to update your Mac, click on the Apple icon in the top left corner and click on Software Update... be sure to install all updates.

Adobe October Updates - Be sure to update your Adobe products (10/8).  There are some critical patches to Flash that affect Windows, OSX and Linux that need to be installed.

Latest Firefox version: 16.0

Latest Google Chrome Version: 22.0.1229.92

Latest Java Version for Windows: 7 update 7 or 6 update 35