Information Technology and Services

10/31/2015

Information Security team would like to thank everyone on campus for the success of the Nation Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign here on our campus. We received very positive response from many departments across campus and more than 500 students, faculty and staff entered our iPad giveaway by taking our Information Security Awareness quiz. From a random draw at our seminar the following winners were selected. Each winner gets an iPad Mini.

  1. Seema Sureshkumar                     Staff
  2. Zhiyuan Xu                                   Student    
  3. Angela Laurie Zachman                  Faculty
Congratulations to the winners. Hope everybody found our NCSAM campaign helpful. Thanks.

06/15/2015

We hope you had as much fun playing the Security Crossword with us as we had educating you guys about security. Thanks for stopping by at our table. Stay safe!!

10/31/2014

Thanks for another great year celebrating NCSAM here on campus. We got enthusiastic response to our campaign and continue to work towards making our campus a more safe place for all digitally.

4/10/2014

Currently Heartbleed vulnerability threat is high in environment. Please follow our advise here to protect yourself. For any other questions about the infections, please contact IT Security at ITSECURITY@listserv.syr.edu.

11/05/2013

Information Security team would like to thank everyone on campus for the success of the Nation Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign here on our campus. We recieved some great reviews and hopefully made our campus safer online. Thanks for everyone who viewed the information security videos on Blackboard. From a random draw the following winners were selected. Each winner gets a Nexus tablet.

Edward Leonard Galvin    Archives & Records Management Dir Archives/Rec

Joy E Dorfer    Treasurer's Office Mgr Cash Operations

Congratulations to the winners. Hope everybody found our NCSAM campaign helpful. Thanks.

09/03/2013

Welcome to the start of a new semester at Syracuse University. As is typical we are seeing an uptick in infected machines around campus. Currently we have computers being infected with malware exploit kits like Phoenix, Zeus, and ZeroAccess. These exploit kits are typically couple of pieces of software bundled together to be able to hack into a machine. First they infect unsuspicious Web sites to hoist drive-by downloads on visitors. Then typically probe the visitor’s browser for the presence of outdated and insecure versions of browser plugins like Java, and Adobe Flash and Reader. If the visitor is unlucky enough to have visited the site and fallen behind in applying updates, the exploit kit will silently install malware of the attacker’s choosing on the victim’s PC.

Below are basic 10 steps that you can take in order to protect your computer for these infections and keep you from being quarantined from the network.

  1. Update adobe flash player/Java plugins to the latest update and/or install any available patches.
  2. Enable a firewall on your computer
  3. Get the latest computer updates for all your installed software.
  4. Use up-to-date antivirus software.
  5. Limit user privileges on the computer.
  6. Use caution when opening attachments and accepting file transfers.
  7. Use caution when clicking on links to web pages.
  8. Avoid downloading pirated software.
  9. Protect yourself against social engineering attacks.
  10. Use strong passwords.

If your computer does become quarantined after being infected with any of the listed infections then please follow the instructions attached in the Qurantine mail to get back on the SU network.

For any other questions about the infections or quarantines, please contact IT Security at ITSECURITY@listserv.syr.edu.

Stay secure.

Last Updated: 11/17/15