Recently, a number of University of Colorado employees learned they were victims of cyber theft after responding to a malicious e-mail and finding their pay had disappeared and was not deposited in their bank accounts. Below are a few crucial reminders for all of you.
The University of Colorado will never ask you to provide personal information such as usernames, passwords or Social Security numbers via e-mail. You should never send such information via e-mail.
Identity Finder, a tool provided at no-cost to faculty and staff, scans the content of all computer files and alerts the computer user if private information may be easily-accessible (e.g. social security numbers or credit card numbers). This alert allows the user to securely delete or protect this data to avoid others accessing it in the event of a virus or theft.
CU-Boulder employees have access to, and are responsible for protecting, a wide variety of sensitive information. Unauthorized exposure of information such as student academic records, medical information, credit card information, and social security numbers can have a harmful effect on people's lives. Therefore, OIT recommends scanning your computer for private data frequently so you can take the proper precautions.
The University of Colorado in partnership with Identity Finder is promoting the Identity Finder Student Initiative, providing Students with a copy of Identity Finder home edition at no cost. The software is designed to assist students find private data stored on their computers.
Modern malware targets locations computers store records of purchases made online, college applications, credit and banking applications and more. If the malware finds this information it communicates that information to its creator. The information is then used to steal identities or to make errant purchases without the owner's knowledge. Knowing where this information is provides the user with options. Students are advised to utilize this software to assist in protecting themselves.
Technical Staff, like our IT Partners, can find helpful information on this page along with installers to Forefront Client Security .msi installers for desktop deployment
OIT advises Linux administrators use file protection based on the functionality of the system. If you are running a file server that hosts files that can be executed on a Windows system, use antivirus protection from ClamAV. Host-based intrusion detection (HIDS) is advised for systems that run internet facing services.
OIT recommends Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus and antispyware software for pesonally owned computers running Windows OS.
OIT recommends the use of Sophos software for university-purchased Macintosh computers.
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OIT recommends System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Windows antivirus and antispyware software for university owned computers running Windows OS. System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Windows is provided as a common good service through the Microsoft software campus EES agreement. System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Windows is not available for personally owned computers.
CU-Boulder's Large File Transfer service is a web tool to send large files securely to any e-mail address, on- or off- campus. This is a great solution for anyone sending large files, but particularly for researchers who share large datasets.