Announcing “The Biggest Phisher” Phishing Contest

This October, prepare for the challenge of a lifetime. You’ve never witnessed a security awareness month like this!

The Biggest PhisherThis year for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), the Office of Information Technology is encouraging everyone to think more critically when reviewing emails by putting themselves in the villain’s shoes and create their own phishing email as for the “The Biggest Phisher” Phishing Contest. You will find out what makes a good phishing email, which in turn, will help you to spot the real ones when they hit your inbox. Continue reading Announcing “The Biggest Phisher” Phishing Contest

University Provides Symptom Checker & Contact Tracing to Campus

To help protect the SMU community, the University is deploying two new tools for monitoring the health of students, faculty, and staff—A COVID-19 Symptom Checker and Contact Tracer.

Symptom Checker to Stay Mustang Strong

COVID-19 CheckerIf you are not feeling well or not sure if you should be on campus, you can use the Mustang Daily Symptom Checker. The survey will help you to determine if you are currently experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. After answering a few questions, the Checker will provide guidance for your next actions, and based on the results, you will be given further instructions. Continue reading University Provides Symptom Checker & Contact Tracing to Campus

Enhanced Authentication for On-Premises Exchange Starting July 30, 2020

Unfortunately, some users were experiencing issues with this change in the authentication. Our team has rolled back the change to reduce disruptions to campus operations and will reschedule for a later date.

Outlook & DuoStarting July 30, 2020, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will enhance the way authentication is done for on-premises Exchange users. Campus users of the desktop version of Outlook, Webmail, ActiveSync, and Outlook for Android and iOS clients will see a new multifactor authentication prompt similar to what is seen on Box, Canvas, other protected services. This change will help to protect email and other sensitive information. Continue reading Enhanced Authentication for On-Premises Exchange Starting July 30, 2020

Duo is Coming to Library Services on August 5, 2020

SMU Libraries & DuoComing soon, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will enable Duo multi-factor authentication for accessing many of the Library services. This new requirement was recently approved by SMU Libraries to better protect access to a number of library resources. These Library systems and subscription E-resources used by faculty, staff, students, and even retirees, will begin prompting for Duo starting on August 5, 2020. Continue reading Duo is Coming to Library Services on August 5, 2020

Adobe Flash Player’s Time is Coming to an End

Get Adobe Flash PlayerAfter a long reign as the king of interactive media for the web, Adobe Flash Player – usurped in recent years by open standards such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly – is coming to an end. After over a billion downloads, on December 31, 2020, the once standard for adding rich web content will step down from its throne for good.

Adobe announced in July 2017 that they would stop distributing and updating Flash Player after December 31, 2020 (“EOL Date”). This means Adobe will no longer issue Flash Player updates or important security patches after that date. Continue reading Adobe Flash Player’s Time is Coming to an End