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Cybersecurity awareness training delivered to your mailbox on Oct. 4

K-State faculty and staff must complete Cybersecurity Awareness training by Dec. 31. You will receive an email with a link to the online training on Thurs., Oct. 4. If you use Outlook on the Web and you don’t see the training invitation in your Focused inbox, check your Other folder.

Cybersecurity awareness training is an important part of K-State’s strategy to protect our information systems and data. “We ALL have a responsibility to protect the information assets entrusted to us. Everyone at K-State serves a critical role in protecting K-State data”, said Chad Currier, K-State’s chief information security officer.

Everyone at K-State serves a critical role in protecting K-State data

This training, required by state statute, introduces basic computer security concepts and good security practices and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Once you complete the training, your personnel record in HRIS will be updated. It will be listed under the Training Summary as Cybersecurity Awareness 2018, with the course code WIT590.

If you have questions about the security awareness training, contact the IT Help Desk at helpdesk@k-state.edu or 532-7722.

Fall 2018 Shred Day is October 24

Shred Day is scheduled 8:30-11 a.m. Wed, Oct. 24, to properly dispose of university paper records on the Manhattan and Salina campuses. Please review the university retention schedule to ensure accuracy in sending records for destruction. Further policy information governing records management includes the university’s records retention policy, PPM Chapter 3090.

Examples of documents for shredding (pending compliance with applicable retention schedules) include: Scantron forms; greenbar grade sheets; rosters printed from K-State Online, KSIS, SIS, etc.; papers with personal identity information; data with credit card information; personnel files; and more. Papers can be left in ring binders, spiral bound notebooks, file folders and hanging file folders for shredding.  All paper must be dry. Continue reading “Fall 2018 Shred Day is October 24”

IT Security Awareness: Keep what’s private, private

You exist in digital form all over the Internet. It is important to ensure that the digital you matches what you are intending to share. It is also critical to guard your privacy — not only to avoid embarrassment but also to protect your identity and finances!

Following are specific steps you can take to protect your online information, identity, and privacy. Continue reading “IT Security Awareness: Keep what’s private, private”

Register for today’s State of IT Security at K-State presentation

Today begins National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Register for the “State of IT Security at K-State” presentation and join us from 1;30 -2:30 p.m. today. After you register, you will receive a Zoom meeting invitation.

Some highlights that will be covered include:

  • What’s in store for Cybersecurity Awareness Month
  • What K-State has seen – Attack Metrics
  • Where K-State is going
  • How every K-Stater can help

Send any questions or suggestions about NCASM to Cathy Rodrigeuz (cathyr@k-state.edu) See the K-State It Security Awareness Month web page to keep up-to-date on the latest details.

Follow us on Twitter to stay involved with all the activities throughout the month of October.

Get involved with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

October marks the fifteenth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month
(NCSAM) sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. The goal of NCSAM is to increase the awareness of the cybersecurity landscape and to bring awareness to various strategies we all can use to keep our information protected. It is our shared responsibility to protect ourselves, our colleagues, our family members, and K-State’s valuable information and technology resources.

Information Technology Services is sponsoring various events and activities throughout the month of October including:

  • Conducting presentations/training.
  • Providing sessions for various student clubs on careers in information security and information technology.
  • Sharing tips and best practices via K-State Today and Twitter.
  • Hosting Shred Day.
  • Encouraging the campus to participate by spreading the word of how to stay safe online.
  • Culminating in “Dark Tales from the Net” – a discussion of horror stories about sharing too much information.
  • And more.

On Mon., Oct. 1, ITS will kick off the month with a State of IT Security presentation by Chad Currier, Chief Information Security Officer.

 

This presentation will be 1:30-2:30 p.m. Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

How can you get involved?

  • Attend events.
  • Follow us on Twitter. Help us spread the word by retweeting using the hashtag #CyberAware.

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.