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Easy-to-Use Data Protection with Hardware Encryption Devices

Posted on: October 19th, 2017 by itsecurity

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 itsecurity

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 […]

Identify Phishing Attacks

Posted on: November 21st, 2016 by itsecurity

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 itsecurity

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 itsecurity

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 itsecurity

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 […]

Security Tip from the Matrix: There is no Free iPad

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by Deetra Wiley

As the fall semester begins, expect more emails disguised as free offers for computers, cures for back pain, amazing job opportunities, and even assistance from Microsoft’s Helpdesk.   It is safe to consider the majority of these unsolicited emails as phishing attempts, with the goal of enticing you to click on website links in order to […]