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Update on K-State response to WannaCry ransomware

On May 15, initial scanning of the K-State network for the WannaCry Ransomware threat identified over 560 vulnerable Windows systems. In collaboration with system administrators from across campus, there are now fewer than 100 vulnerable systems.

However, K-State continues to be at risk for infection due to vulnerable Windows systems. As of 5:00 p.m. May 25, vulnerable Windows systems were blocked from the K-State network as per University policy.

Faculty, staff, and students who use those systems will NOT be able to access the network (wireless, email, Library databases, HRIS, shared drives, etc.) until their systems are patched and complete a security scan. Guests coming to campus also need to have their computers updated and patched.

Information Technology Services thanks system administrators for their quick response and assistance to protect against this vulnerability. For questions about the vulnerability, contact the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722.

Hosting guests on campus? Remind them to update their MS Windows machines

Hosting guests on campus? Inform them about the ransomware vulnerability, WannaCry, and ask them to have the latest software updates applied on their computers.
WannaCry Ransomware: install windows updatesK-State continues to monitor the network for the ransomware campaign referred to as WannaCry. Unpatched machines, or computers without the latest security updates, coming onto campus are a risk to our network. This is especially concerning with the number of conferences, camps and orientation occurring on campus during the summer months. Therefore, all computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system must have the latest updates applied.
The specific Microsoft update is MS17-010 SMB vulnerability dated March 14, 2017.
Throughout the summer, the network will be scanned daily. Machines without the updates are subject to being blocked.
Guests can contact the IT Help Desk for assistance at 785-532-7722 or helpdesk@k-state.edu.

The IT Service Portal goes live June 5

The IT Service Portal is your one-stop shop for getting help with your IT needs. What can you do inside the portal?

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Ensure your computer is patched with the latest Windows updates

To ensure that your computer is patched to mitigate the WannaCry Ransomware threat and other vulnerabilities, K-Staters on and off campus can set their computers to automatically apply the updates. Information on how to update your computer is available from K-State’s Software Update Service for Windows. K-Staters are encouraged to periodically restart their systems to complete the installation of system updates.

If you need assistance applying the patch, please talk to your technical support person or the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722.

Archive your K-State Online Classic content

KSOL InfoInstructors, have you archived all your old content from K-State Online Classic?

On Jan. 1, 2017, K-State Online Classic was formerly retired. Instructors no longer have direct access, but can retrieve their old content in Classic by submitting a request form. Continue reading “Archive your K-State Online Classic content”

K-State Online May updates

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Updates to Canvas were released on May 13. Canvas operates on a monthly release cycle, with features added or updated every three weeks.

To see all the new features and fixed bugs, view the complete May Release Notes. In addition to the Canvas release, Information Technology Services releases updates to services and integrations with K-State Online through the month as necessary. Continue reading “K-State Online May updates”

Phishing Scam – 05/12/17 – Account Shutdown

URL is blocked at the border, submitted to Trend, Web Host has been notified.

From: ******* ******** <********@ksu.edu>
Subject: Account Shutdown
Date: Fri, 12 May 2017 18:43:18 +0000

This is to notify all Students, Staffs of Kansas University that we are validating active accounts.Kindly confirm that your account is still in use by clicking the validation link below:
Validate Email Account [http://completepcsolutionsservices.com/membeter/office/index.html]
Sincerely
IT Help Desk
Office of Information Technology
Kansas State University

Grade submission deadlines for spring 2017

By Monty Nielsen

Grade rosters are now available in KSIS for grade entry. Grades for spring 2017 term are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 for term courses with final exams given Monday, May 8 – Friday, May 12.

Grade submission deadline, 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 16

Students will be able to view grades for regular courses in KSIS starting after 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 17.

More information about grade submission deadlines are available from the Final Grade Submission Information – Spring 2017 page.  For information about submitting grades from K-State Online to KSIS, see Copy Final Grades from K-State Online to KSIS.