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K-State file-storage options

data storage imageby Information Technology Services

Faculty, staff, and researchers create and consume data on a daily basis. Keeping that information safe is vital, which requires good data storage to safely backup the information and to distribute data quickly when required. Continue reading “K-State file-storage options”

Faculty/staff: Keep your data safe with Code42 Classic

by Information Technology Services

Code42 Classic, formerly known as CrashPlan, is an alternative to traditional computer backups. Code42 Classic will back up files on your workstation, laptop or desktop computer in a continuous, invisible, uninterrupted manner, and send you a periodic report of the status of your backup. Code42 Classic encrypts your data, and then backs the data up to the cloud. Continue reading “Faculty/staff: Keep your data safe with Code42 Classic”

Beware: Phishing scams on the rise this week

K-State is seeing a significant increase in the number of phishing scams within the last few days.  Phishing scams are used as a way to trick you into giving up your credentials (eID and password). Once you give up your credentials, the scammer has access to all your K-State accounts.

There have been 239 phishing scams — some duplicates — resulting in 43 compromised accounts since Mon., June 11. The compromised accounts are then used to send additional phishing scams.

K-State will never ask for your eID, password, etc. by email or in a survey. If you are uncertain about the legitimacy of an email, check the Phishing scams website.  When in doubt don’t respond, just delete.

Report phishing scams to abuse@ksu.edu and be sure to include the email headers in your message.

Contact the IT Help Desk 785-532-7722 if you have additional questions about phishing scams.

Trend Micro has been updated, requires reinstallation on Macs

by Information Technology Services

Trend Micro, K-State’s antivirus software, was updated Dec. 22, 2017.

With this update, Windows users will automatically have their Trend Micro antivirus software updated — and must restart their computers to complete the process.

Windows users can verify that they have received the update by right-clicking the Trend Micro icon in their taskbar, and then clicking Component Versions. If the agent version is 11.0.x, it is not updated. If the agent version is 12.0.x, you have received the update.

Mac users will need to uninstall Trend Micro from their computer and then reinstall Trend Micro to receive the update. You cannot use Update Now for this update; you must uninstall and reinstall. If you do not uninstall and reinstall, your Mac will not receive the update and may be vulnerable to new viruses or attacks.

To uninstall Trend Micro on a Mac

  1. Use the Trend Micro Uninstaller. The uninstaller will download to your Downloads folder.
  2. Run the uninstaller.

To reinstall Trend Micro on a Mac

  1. Use the Trend Micro Installer. The installer will download to your Downloads folder.
  2. Run the installer.

With the old version of Trend Micro, Macs may get into a reboot-cycle when attempting to update an application or OS. It is important to uninstall Trend Micro before doing any updates. Again, this is only if you have the old version of Trend Micro.

Remember, K-Staters connecting their computers to the K-State network are required to use the university’s antivirus software. This software is provided free to students, faculty, and staff for both university-owned computers and personal home computers. All computers running Windows or Mac OS X operating system must have Trend Micro Antivirus installed before connecting to the K-State network.

Take the K-State IT Security Awareness training and earn pocket points

The Student Technology Committee and Information Technology Services have developed IT Security Awareness Training for students. Information to complete the training was sent to your K-State email on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Please take a minute to review the information and complete the 13-item quiz. If you complete the training, you will receive pocket points.

K-State Security Awareness Training for Students

IT Security is a shared responsibility and our way to help K-Staters remain safe online.

Thank you for doing your part.

Andrew McKittrick
Chair Student Technology Committee

Cybersecurity: It’s not all about YOU, but it’s close

Editor’s note: October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This is part of an IT security series during October to help K-Staters protect themselves, their data, and their money.


Be suspicious.
By using common sense, you can spot and stop most attacks.

You are the one. Technology alone will never be able to fully protect you. Attackers have learned that the easiest way to bypass even the most advanced security technology is by attacking YOU.

If they want your password, credit card, or personal data, the easiest thing for them to do is to trick you into giving them this information.



  • They might phone and say, “Hello, this is Microsoft tech support. Your computer is infected.” In reality, they are just cybercriminals who want you to give them access to your computer.
  • They might email and say, “Your package could not be delivered. Please click on a link to confirm your mailing address.” In reality, they want to trick you into visiting a malicious website that will hack into your computer.

This is how attacks such as Ransomware or CEO Fraud start. Ultimately, the greatest defense against attackers is you.

Excerpted with permission from the OUCH! newsletter’s “Four Steps to Staying Secure” at securingthehuman.sans.org.

Oct. 31: Student cyber security awareness poster and video contest deadline

Win prizes, gain experience, earn recognition!

Tuesday, Oct. 31 is the deadline for submitting entries into the video and poster contest. Prizes will be awarded for first ($200) and two honorable mentions ($25) in both video and poster categories for a total of six prizes in the form of Visa gift cards. Entries may be featured on K-State’s websites, social media, and in security awareness campaigns.

See the contest website for rules and submission details. If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (heldesk@k-state.edu).

Winners will be notified by Nov. 14.


Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and each week has a key security theme and related tips. K-State has activities planned throughout the month, in addition to national online events. 

This week’s NCSAM theme is The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity. “A highly skilled and motivated cybersecurity workforce is just as critical to the internet’s future as new and emerging technologies,” said Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. “A career protecting the internet ‒ a global resource we all share ‒ can be extremely rewarding, matched with interests in a specific sector like finance, health or government and highly portable, as industries around the globe need competent help.” If you haven’t thought about a cybersecurity career, here are some things to consider.

NSCAM Twitter chats: Use #ChatSTC to join!

  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 2-3 p.m. — The Internet Wants You – Consider a Career in Cybersecurity
    A key risk to our economy and security is the shortage of cybersecurity professionals to protect our extensive networks. Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is all about growing the next generation of a skilled cyber workforce. In this NCSAM Twitter chat, we’ll discuss the many exciting and rewarding opportunities in the field of cybersecurity and provide tips and resources for both new and seasoned professionals looking to gain cybersecurity expertise. Use #ChatSTC to join STOP.THINK.CONNECT Twitter Chats throughout October!



Week 3 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and each week has a key security theme and related tips. K-State has activities planned throughout the month, in addition to national online events. 

This third week, the theme is “Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet“. The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand as more of our “things”—in our homes, our cars, and our pockets or purses—include chips, tags, or sensors that are ready to connect to the digital world. There’s no denying that new devices are fun, but while there are more opportunities to interact with people, share information, and stay connected, we also need to be aware of the risks these things may introduce.

NSCAM Twitter chats: Use #ChatSTC to join!

  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 2-3 p.m. — Cybersecurity in the Workplace Is Everyone’s Business
    Whatever your place of business, creating a culture of cybersecurity is an essential shared responsibility among leadership and all employees. Every organization needs a plan for employee education, training and awareness that emphasizes risk management, resistance and resilience. This Twitter chat will showcase how all businesses can protect themselves, their employees and their customers against the most common cyber threats and strengthen their cyber resilience. Use #ChatSTC to join STOP.THINK.CONNECT Twitter Chats throughout October!