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

Security, Wireless

Campus Wireless Changes

Changes have been made to the campus wireless service to no longer require OnGuard Network Access Control. Previously OnGuard was used to enforce antivirus software and automatic patching requirements on computers connecting to campus wireless. Antivirus software and automatic patching are still required for all computers connecting to the campus network. Information on verifying that updates are enabled and antivirus is installed is available at https://support.csuchico.edu/TDClient/KB/ArticleDet?ID=18757

The OnGuard installer has been removed from the campus Eduroam wireless setup. OnGuard will continue to be required for campus VPN use. If you do not require campus VPN access you can uninstall the OnGuard software.

PC OnGuard Uninstall Instructions: https://support.csuchico.edu/TDClient/KB/ArticleDet?ID=7729#Remove

Macintosh OnGuard Uninstall Instructions: https://support.csuchico.edu/TDClient/KB/ArticleDet?ID=7731#Remove

Email, Security

Extra Pay Spam

Campus accounts are receiving a large amount of spam emails today from various campus and off-campus accounts with the subject “Opening For You! Earn Extra” and “Referral to earn Extra Pay.” We are working to have compromised accounts disabled to prevent further emails. Please delete these emails and avoid opening attachments or clicking on links.

Security

Cyber Security Month Week 5

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Week 5: October 30th & 31st  – Wrap Up Week

Thank you to those who participated in our campus efforts to raise awareness surrounding cyber security and privacy this month.  National Cyber Security Awareness Month is held every October, and is intended to provide resources and awareness related to staying safe on-line.

A few reminders:

  • For more information on how to stay secure online check out the Information Security webpage 
  • Make sure you are up to date on your required CSU security awareness course in the DTS ; CHECK NOW HERE!
  • If you have not changed your password yet this semester please do! Passwords that are not changed will expire at the end of the semester. To change your password, login to the campus portal and click on the account center shortcut.