Have you ever received a “tech support” call from Microsoft that just didn’t seem on the level? Do you regularly receive emails that may as well have SCAM in the subject line? If you are comfortable with technology and use it frequently, you probably know what to look for and how to protect against most cyber-schemes. However, you probably have friends and family that are not comfortable and who may miss tell-tale signs that seem obvious to you.
You may have heard that Enterprise Security will soon put security in place that will block employees from forwarding their osu.edu email accounts to other accounts outside of the university (this change does NOT affect students, emeriti and non-employee alumni with Lifetime Email Forwarding Service).
Information technology and cybersecurity fields are constantly evolving, making it crucial for professionals to keep up with the most current information, education and trends. Enterprise Security at The Ohio State University is making sure IT professionals within the university and the Wexner Medical Center are at the forefront of these ever-changing fields.
Enter Cybersecurity Days.
As you know, on Friday there was a worldwide ransomware attack. Though that attack is currently partially halted, there are additional versions currently released that are live and active. Technical staff should be aware that this family of ransomware works by exploiting the Server Message Block vulnerability. Microsoft released patches on March 14 to address this.
By now you should have seen the news of widespread ransomware attacks. It is projected to have affected users in more than 150 countries.
In this attack ransomware called WannaCry was emailed to users. When opened, the malware locked files on their computers. Older versions of Microsoft Windows systems that have not applied security patches were affected.
You may have heard that Enterprise Security will soon put security in place that will block employees from forwarding their osu.edu email accounts to other accounts outside of the university (this change does NOT affect students, alumni and those with Lifetime Email Forwarding Service).
According to a Symantec Security Threat Report, in 2016 there were 20 data breaches in higher education, exposing the personal information of approximately 5 million people. Those figures illuminate a grim reality -- it only takes the loss of one person’s user name and password to expose the private information of thousands, or even millions, of other system users.
Universities have a responsibility to numerous agencies of oversight; federal standards for universities may come from commerce or health agencies and from research, education and industry groups. Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) have the unenviable role of meeting all these requirements, while simultaneously keeping systems and information safe.