Privacy Is Dead, Now Where’s My Inheritance

Originally featured in OIT’s Spring 2018 Security Report

Privacy is Dead

PrivacyIt’s probably not the first time you’ve heard this.  A private investigator, Sam Rambam was quoted as saying “Privacy is Dead – Get Over it” in 2006.  In 2012, Huffing Post contributor Miles Feldman posed the question “Is Privacy Dead?”  If it is, then our inheritance may have been in probate for years without us knowing it. The most recent major violation of privacy comes through a Facebook developer, Cambridge Analytica (discussed later in this newsletter), who collected data on millions of Americans without their consent to help political strategists win the 2016 US Presidential Election.  But most likely this is only the tip of the iceberg. Continue reading Privacy Is Dead, Now Where’s My Inheritance

CylancePROTECT now safeguards your home computers

CylancePROTECT Home EditionSMU is pleased to introduce a new employee benefit to help you safeguard your family’s personal devices from malware, ransomware, and other cyber-attacks. We have partnered with Cylance® to protect our corporate devices, and as part of our steadfast commitment to information security, we are now happy to offer employees exclusive access to the same caliber of anti-malware/antivirus protection for up to 10 of your family’s devices (Windows and macOS supported) through Cylance’s Employee Purchase Program. For less than the cost of a Grande Iced Coffee, you can protect your home computer for a month from malware and viruses.  Continue reading CylancePROTECT now safeguards your home computers

Spring 2018 Security Report Now Available

OIT Spring 2018 Security Report

Our Spring 2018 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we show you how you can use Cylance at home, discuss the death of privacy, see how new technologies in the SMU PD command center are helping to keep the campus safe, plus more advice from Ms. Security.

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Winter 2018 Security Report Now Available

OIT Winter 2018 Security Report

Our Winter 2018 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, what is a Bitcoin, how certain physical activities can increase your cybersecurity vigilance, plus “Ask Ms. Security” returns.

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Critical Security Alert: Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerability

SpectreMeltdownOn January 3rd, something remarkable happened: the New York Times, CNN, and Fox News all ran front-page stories about a computer security vulnerability. The vulnerabilities, called Meltdown and Spectre, aren’t like other recent virus outbreaks and that’s part of why they are getting so much attention. These issues represent flaws in the way computer processors have been designed for the last twenty years. Continue reading Critical Security Alert: Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerability

Tech Tip: Using SMU’s Password Reset Tool

To ensure security of SMU’s data holdings, SMU account passwords must be changed every 180 days. For years, we have offered the online password reset tool at pwreset.smu.edu to make password changes easier while also assisting with lost passwords.

There have been a few changes to the reset tool in recent months, so we have updated our introductory video to show you how easy it can be to manage your account password in one place.

Fall 2017 Security Report Now Available

OITSecurity Awareness Report: Fall 2017

Our Fall 2017 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss cyber hygiene and the Internet of things, introduce a new “Ask Ms. Security” column, plus see how to spot fake news.

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Summer 2017 Security Report Now Available

OIT Security Report 2017 Summer Edition

Our Summer 2017 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss the rise in ransomware, how scammers are now targeting you via text message, results of our Cybersecurity Survey, and some personal Identity Theft stories.

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Phishing Alert: HSA Important Message Email

Phishing AlertSMU Human Resources has circulated a notice that several SMU employees were targets of a phishing campaign masquerading as the managing services for the University’s Health Savings Account (HSA). Unfortunately, the phishing incident occurred shortly before BenefitWallet sent legitimate direct emails about the member portal upgrade to SMU employees enrolled in an HSA.

Details from the original BenefitsU notice from HR is below: Continue reading Phishing Alert: HSA Important Message Email