Security, Workstations

April Desktop Security Updates Approved for Campus Computers

The majority of campus Windows desktops will have updates sent to them in the next day or so. For security reasons, campus computers are given an installation deadline for monthly patches. The installation deadline this month is Thursday, April 26th at 5:00 PM. On Thursday at 5:00 PM, if you have not installed this month’s patches, they will automatically begin installing, and when done, may reboot your computer. If your computer is off at the time of the deadline, updates will begin installing the next time you log in, and when done, may reboot your computer.

 We highly recommend that you install the patches as soon as you are prompted to do so, before the installation deadline. This way, you can be present when the computer needs to restart and you have more control over the restart timing, allowing you to save any open work. If you ignore the update messages you run the risk of updates being applied while you are not present and potentially having your computer restart and possibly even losing unsaved work.

In addition to Microsoft updates, there may be updates for Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Oracle Java, and other 3rd party applications. These updates will require you to close all your browser windows. Please save any work in your browsers before doing so.

Email, Security

Campus Phishing Emails

Campus employees have received multiple phishing attempts this week that appear to be from other campus employees.

The attacker is impersonating high profile accounts, and is attempting to initiate a conversation that would likely lead to a request for information or include a malicious link/attachment. An example of the fraudulent email is included below.

Please delete these emails, do not click any links within the message, and do not respond.

More information about spam and phishing scams is available at http://www.csuchico.edu/isec/basics/spam-and-phishing.shtml

Maintenance, Portal

Campus Portal Network Configuration Maintenance

Scheduled Downtime: 7:00 – 8:00 AM Tuesday April 3rd
Services Impacted: Campus Portal

The Campus Portal will be down for maintenance on Tuesday, April 3rd at 7:00 AM until 8:00 AM. During that time campus technical staff will be making network and server configuration changes necessary for future efforts that will bring a better Single Sign-On experience to campus.

Workstations

March Desktop Security Updates Approved for Campus Computers

The majority of campus Windows desktops will have updates sent to them in the next day or so. For security reasons, campus computers are given an installation deadline for monthly patches. The installation deadline this month is Thursday, March 29th at 5:00 PM. On Thursday at 5:00 PM, if you have not installed this month’s patches, they will automatically begin installing, and when done, may reboot your computer. If your computer is off at the time of the deadline, updates will begin installing the next time you log in, and when done, may reboot your computer.

 We highly recommend that you install the patches as soon as you are prompted to do so, before the installation deadline. This way, you can be present when the computer needs to restart and you have more control over the restart timing, allowing you to save any open work. If you ignore the update messages you run the risk of updates being applied while you are not present and potentially having your computer restart and possibly even losing unsaved work.

In addition to Microsoft updates, there may be updates for Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Oracle Java, and other 3rd party applications. These updates will require you to close all your browser windows. Please save any work in your browsers before doing so.

Maintenance

Datacenter Firewall Software Upgrade

Maintenance Window: Thursday February 8th 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Affected Services: Campus Datacenter

During this maintenance window, the campus border network firewall will be upgraded to new software to improve system stability and threat prevention capabilities. No outages are anticipated during this process, but a momentary interruption in access to campus resources may be experienced as systems transition during the upgrade.

Maintenance, Wireless

Border Firewall Software Update

Maintenance Window: Wednesday February 7th 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Affected Services: Campus Internet Access

During this maintenance window, the campus border network firewall will be upgraded to new software to improve system stability and threat prevention capabilities. No service outages are anticipated during this process, but a momentary interruption in Internet access may be experienced as systems transition during the upgrade.