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Security News & Advisories

C&C Security News

Mandatory UC Cyber Security Awareness Training

(October 28, 2015)

As part of an effort to address the increasing threats to the security of our information systems and data, the University of California is rolling out a comprehensive security awareness training program for all UC staff and faculty who use computers. Anyone with access to campus or UC electronic systems is required to take the training.

Electronic Security Best Practices

(May 19, 2015)

Best Practices to Enhance the Security of Campus Electronic Information

Security Reminder!

(March 11, 2015)

Recent Cyber Attacks and Information Security Best Practices

New Outlook Mobile App Security Notification

(February 5, 2015)

Microsoft has released an updated Outlook mobile app for Apple iOS and Android devices. Even though Microsoft claims credentials and e-mail content are securely protected and encrypted, this new connection model raises security and privacy concerns.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Security Advisory

(April 30, 2014)

Microsoft announced a vulnerability to Internet Explorer (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11), which if exploited, could allow remote code execution. Learn how to mitigate this threat.

Microsoft Word RTF vulnerability

(April 4, 2014)

Microsoft has released a Security Advisory about an exploit that makes MS Word and MS Outlook vulnerable to attackers via opening up an RTF attachment or email message. A "Fix It" tool and workaround is available, as well as more information.

Information Security Training available through UCR's LMS

(March 1, 2012)

With the objective of enhancing the security of UC's information technology environment, the UC Office of the President recently released an Information Security Awareness course. This course is designed to promote practices that will help prevent security breaches involving academic and administrative systems, including personal computing devices.

Majority of Health Data Breaches Due to Theft

(March 1, 2011)

Did you know? Statistics on health data breaches from January 18 through Feburary 17, 2011 demonstrate that theft is the number one type of health data breach reported.

Information Security at UCR

(February 23, 2011)

The announcements of security breaches involving social security numbers and other personal, private information occur all too often across the country and within the UC system itself. Therefore, C&C wishes to remind the campus community of some best practices for information technology security, privacy, and confidentiality.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

(October 1, 2010)

This is a great time to think about whether your electronic devices are secure, and if they're not, what you should do about it! Computing & Communications maintains a focus on security year-round, and offers a number of resources to enhance security and awareness of security best practices on campus.

Phishing Alert

(September 1, 2009)

Unknown and unauthorized individuals are calling UC personnel and impersonating "network and academic computing" staff. These individuals ask faculty and staff for their usernames and passwords in order to "fix" issues with their campus accounts. Please do not respond to these requests for private information.

Adobe Reader Security Considerations

(April 24, 2009)

Recently a number of warnings have been issued in various computer security publications regarding Adobe Acrobat Reader and potential vulnerabilities it introduces to PC workstations. However, many of the issues can be mitigated by careful user habits.

Phishing Announcement

(August 1, 2008)

During the past several months, there has been a rise in the number of e-mail scams making their way across the Internet. Some of these messages are crafted to look as though they come from official UCR groups, and these emails ask campus users to provide their Social Security Numbers, usernames, passwords, birth dates...

Fraudulent Email Asks for Passwords

(July 11, 2008)

There have been a large number of fraudulent emails sent to all faculty, staff and students. These emails are crafted to appear as though they are coming from a bona fide UCR department. These emails ask for your username and password to keep your account current or some similar story to gain your confidence. Please remember that if a web site does not end in .UCR.EDU, it is not a campus site, no matter how trustworthy it might appear.

Fraudulent GROWL Site

(July 11, 2008)

In a recent Highlander article, this issue of Internet "phishing" was discussed. Phishing is any attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Normally, Internet phishing is associated with e-mail. However, UCR recently discovered a fraudulent web site designed to look exactly like the GROWL login page. Please remember that if a web site does not end in .UCR.EDU, it is not a campus site, no matter how trustworthy it might appear.

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