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Report: Old bugs in Microsoft XML still haunt users, program 'most exposed'

(7/22/2014) A quarterly report revealing the “most exposed” programs on users' systems, found that old vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services continued to plague users.

Aloha point-of-sale terminal, sold on eBay, yields security surprises

(7/22/2014) HP researcher's findings highlight ongoing problems with POS software and hardware

Critical industrial control systems remain vulnerable to Heartbleed exploits

(7/22/2014) More than three months after the disclosure of the catastrophic Heartbleed vulnerability in the OpenSSL library, critical industrial control systems sold by Siemens remain susceptible to hijacking or crashes that can be triggered by the bug, federal officials have warned.

Avoid tech support phone scams

(7/21/2014) Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft.

Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Business Centers

(7/16/2014) The U.S. Secret Service is advising the hospitality industry to inspect computers made available to guests in hotel business centers, warning that crooks have been compromising hotel business center PCs with keystroke-logging malware in a bid to steal personal and financial data from guests.

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Security Awareness Training

As part of the University's information security program, all University employees must complete annual security awareness training. Please complete the designated SANS training modules in SANS Securing the Human. You will not immediately receive a certificate when you complete the required modules. Certificates will be distributed via email twice a month for your records. Please contact the UM Chief Information Security Officer with questions at umciso@umsystem.edu.

IT Security Latest Alerts

Important!University Response to Heartbleed Bug

(4/9/2014) The University is vigilantly taking action to protect our systems and services; most companies are doing the same. While we cannot determine the scale of direct impact, a vast number of online services such as social media sites, e-commerce sites, software installation sites, et cetera use OpenSSL software to encrypt information.

Important!Heartbleed: Serious OpenSSL zero day vulnerability revealed

(4/9/2014) A new OpenSSL vulnerability has shown up and some companies are annoyed that the bug was revealed before patches could be delivered for it. Updated April 8.

Important!Advisory- Cisco AnyConnect Virtual Private Network (VPN) application for iOS

(4/16/2009) Advisory for Advisory- Cisco AnyConnect Virtual Private Network (VPN) application for iOS has been updated to address vulnerabilities related to the Heartbleed bug.

IT Security
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Finding the Silver Lining with Cloud-Based Computing Services

The cloud is an effective, powerful, and prolific technological tool specifically designed to store and manage your data and files over the Internet (as opposed to using your computer’s local hard-drive). Thus, you must be aware of the risks when granting a service provider access to your private data in order to utilize cloud computing services.

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IT Security Videos

HackYourself:It's Easy to Break Into Online Accounts, Thanks to Facebook, Google and TwitterHackYourself:It's Easy to Break Into Online Accounts, Thanks to Facebook, Google and Twitter

Talks about how much information you really have out there and how to be more secure.

Grandma Got Phished by a HackerGrandma Got Phished by a Hacker

The University of Rochester, made a phishing rendition of a classic holiday jingle - Grandma gets phished by a hacker! Please be careful when clicking on links found within email.

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