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Sony fights spread of stolen data by using “bad seed” attack on torrents

(12/12/2014) Investigation into hack continues while Sony tries to minimize the damage

Patch Tuesday updates aim for Exchange and Explorer flaws

(12/12/2014) Overall, Microsoft has issued seven security bulletins for December, including three that are critical, covering security vulnerabilities found in Windows (both the server and desktop editions), Office, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and Internet Explorer.

Adobe Pushes Critical Flash Patch

(12/2/2014) For the second time this month, Adobe has issued a security update for its Flash Player software. New versions are available for Windows, Mac and Linux versions of Flash.

Unreleased Sony movies leaked to file-sharing sites after hack

(12/2/2014) Four unreleased movies were leaked just days after the studio was forced to shut down its network in response to a security breach.

WhatsApp begins rolling out end-to-end encryption

(11/24/2014) WhatsApp announced on Tuesday that its most recent Android update comes with built-in encryption protocol, and in the coming months, all the messaging app's users will have end-to-end encryption enabled.

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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!Microsoft Security Bulletin Release (Out-Of-Band)

(11/18/2014) At approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Microsoft will release an out-of-band security update to address an issue affecting Microsoft Windows.

Important!Microsoft to issue 16 security updates

(11/10/2014) On Patch Tuesday next week Microsoft will issue a large number of updates, five of them critical. The Windows 10 previews are affected as well.

Important!Ebola Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

(10/27/2014) US-CERT reminds users to protect against email scams and cyber campaigns using the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a theme. Phishing emails may contain links that direct users to websites which collect personal information such as login credentials, or contain malicious attachments that can infect a system.

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‘Twas the Night before Cyber Monday: Tips for Staying Secure While Shopping Online

Electronic retail is a non-shopper’s holiday shopping dream come true! The lines are nonexistent, the wait time is short, and your online shopping cart will never present you with a squeaky or wobbly wheel. It truly is the best of both worlds. You can stay home and shop from your computer in your warm and comfy pajamas and slippers. Not only that, but the parking is close and you do not have to watch strangers duke it out over the last Furby (admit it. They are kind of creepy.)

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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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