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Additional Authentication Process Required for SAP Users Beginning October 17

Posted on: September 18th, 2018 by IT Security

On Wednesday, October 17, The Office of Information Technology (IT) will apply additional security measures to enhance the protection of our services and defend against cyber attacks.  Effective on that date, it will be necessary to establish a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection prior to accessing the SAP GUI. What to Do? For SAP users, IT suggests […]

Be Aware of Job Scams

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by IT Security

There is no shortage of fake jobs. Employment scams are commonly designed to steal your personal information, credentials, and money. Many of these schemes involve virtual assistant, secret shopper, or similar work-at-home positions, often along with receipt of fake checks.  The scammers typically try to build trust over several different communications (including social media, calls, […]

Easy-to-Use Data Protection with Hardware Encryption Devices

Posted on: October 19th, 2017 by IT Security

Those who deal with sensitive data must take special care when storing files on removable media such as USB flash drives. Encryption is best way to protect this data from accidental disclosure – it makes files indecipherable to unauthorized users. The UM Box service provides encryption both in transit and at-rest. Cloud storage is not […]

Email Encryption in Office 365

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by IT Security

The UM Office of Information Technology is now providing an email encryption service. This is available to everyone with an @olemiss.edu email address. Email, even when encrypted, is not an appropriate medium for transmitting many types of data. Any data protected by FERPA (student identification, grades, etc.), HIPPA (personally identifiable medical information), GLBA (credit and […]

New Procedure for Servers Containing Sensitive Data

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Buster Hale, Interim CIO

Cybersecurity has become one of the hot topics in the state and national discourse and is the responsibility of all University administrators of information technology, particularly those responsible for sensitive data. Governor Bryant recently signed House Bill 999, codified as Miss. Code Ann. § 25-53-201 (2017), which establishes an enterprise security program for entities of […]

One-time Setup, Two-factor Authentication

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by admin

Employees and others with @olemiss.edu email addresses will soon need to have their phones handy. The university’s Office 365 accounts are transitioning to two-factor authentication. I.T. is enabling this change as part of our security assessment with the goal of limiting hacked accounts.

Identify Phishing Attacks

Posted on: November 21st, 2016 by IT Security

Phishing emails look authentic. They often have links to exact replicas of our portals, spoofed sender addresses, and malicious attachments with convincing file names. How Do I Identify Phishing?  Closely examining website addresses, email links, and sender addresses can help you determine if an email is legitimate or not. One simple way to do this is by using the […]

Why You Need a Password Manager

Posted on: October 28th, 2016 by IT Security

As technology professionals, we make password demands that can feel unreasonable. We want you to: 1. Use a strong password. 2. Set unique passwords for every service you use. 3. Reset all of your passwords frequently. 4. Never reuse a password. 5. Never write any of these passwords down anywhere. Of course, we have really good reasons for all of […]

Skip the Login Screen with the OleMiss_v2 Wireless Network

Posted on: October 28th, 2016 by IT Security

The pop-up login screen for the OleMiss wireless network is one of the most common technology “pain points” reported by UM faculty and students. If you use the OleMiss network, you are familiar with the problem: you are using your computer or mobile device when a screen pops up prompting you to re-enter your webid […]

Protecting Sensitive Data

Posted on: March 29th, 2016 by IT Security

Information security is an evolving challenge. This responsibility is shared by all UM employees, students, vendors, and everyone else who contributes to our academic community. Consider for a moment the illustration shown on the explosion of digital information. This exponential growth is being driven by an increasing number of intelligent connected devices. Inevitably, this trend will also continue making […]