Category Archives: Security Awareness

Nominate An SMU Cybersecurity Superhero!

SMU is searching for Cybersecurity Superheroes and we need your help to find them!  They may look like a mild-mannered SMU employee, but in the last 12 months, they’ve donned their capes and thwarted cybervillains big and small. They’ve gone … Continue reading

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Save the Date: OIT Security Showdown

In conjunction with National Security Awareness Month in October, OIT will be hosting a Security Showdown on Friday, October 21st from 12-3. Join us for tips, tricks, and learn how to better protect yourself and the University. We will offer mini … Continue reading

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Update your iPhones Now!

Yesterday, Apple released the iOS 9.3.5 update. You need to install it now. Yes, right now! You can read the rest of this while your iPhone is updating. We don’t usually push for people to update their devices so firmly, … Continue reading

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Back to School Phishing Attempt

It’s only the first day of classes and we have our first phishing attempt. Criminals are using the craziness of the first day back and lack of awareness by the newest members of our community to try and steal you … Continue reading

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CylancePROTECT Protects SMU Campus

CylancePROTECT is an advanced threat protection program that utilizes machine learning and artificial intelligence to categorize files and running processes. Files deemed ‘unsafe’ or ‘abnormal’ are quarantined, while memory exploit attempts are blocked. Unlike traditional antivirus solutions, Cylance does not rely … Continue reading

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Duo: What’s in it for me?

If you haven’t yet enrolled in our new security service, Duo, don’t chalk this blog post up as a friendly reminder but rather an important call to action. Did you know if a hacker compromises your account not only can … Continue reading

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OIT’s latest Security Report is now available.

Our first edition of the newly revised OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. We have revamped the layout and content to allow us to go more in-depth on specific issues and provide more detailed metrics in … Continue reading

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Security Holes in iOS 9 Patched with Update

Apple just released the iOS 9.3.3 update, the final version for iOS 9 before the new iOS 10 this fall. For this reason, Apple allowed for extra testing time taking over two months with five separate betas to ensure the … Continue reading

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Web links rewritten by new anti-spam feature

On Tuesday, July 2, SMU implemented a new feature as part of our anti-spam defense to rewrites web links considered questionable, included in inbound emails. The purpose of the rewrite is to prevent phishing and malware scams by forwarding certain web … Continue reading

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End of support for QuickTime for Windows

Recently it was announced that Apple will no longer offer patches and will end support for QuickTime for Windows, their multimedia software package for the Microsoft OS. This move came about shortly after several vulnerabilities were detected in the software. … Continue reading

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