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Duo: April 2 enrollment deadline for faculty/staff Group 5

by Information Technology Services

Members of Duo enrollment Group 5 will receive their enrollment email on Tuesday, March 19, with an enrollment deadline Tuesday, April 2.

K-State password + Duo (second-layer security) = Access

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Duo: March 12 enrollment deadline for faculty/staff Group 4

by Information Technology Services

Members of Duo enrollment Group 4 will receive their enrollment email on Tuesday, Feb. 26, with an enrollment deadline Tuesday, March 12.

K-State password + Duo (second-layer security) = Access

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Duo: Feb. 12 enrollment deadline for faculty/staff Group 2

To facilitate implementation of Duo, faculty/staff have been assigned to Duo enrollment groups. Members of Group 2 will receive their enrollment email on Tuesday, Jan. 29, with an enrollment deadline Tuesday, Feb. 12.

K-State password + Duo (second-layer security) = Access

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Duo, new IT security layer, has Jan. 29 enrollment deadline for faculty/staff Group 1

As President Myers announced last week, K-State is using a second layer of security called Duo for the university’s online applications and systems, in addition to eID/password sign-in.

K-State password + Duo (second-layer security) = Access

To facilitate implementation, faculty/staff have been assigned to Duo enrollment groups. Members of Group 1 will receive their enrollment email on Tuesday, Jan. 15, with an enrollment deadline Tuesday, Jan. 29.

For security reasons, group lists and enrollment timelines will not be made public. Continue reading “Duo, new IT security layer, has Jan. 29 enrollment deadline for faculty/staff Group 1”

Get involved with National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

October marks the fourteenth 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 cyber security 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.

In this video, President Myers weighs in on the importance of cyber security to stay safe online.

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LISTSERV policy change goes into effect Oct. 2

by Information Technology ServicesStop Spam image

Currently, email from K-State LISTSERV mailing lists bypass Spam check procedures. Beginning Monday, Oct. 2, LISTSERV emails will go through the same Spam check in Office 365 along with the rest of our university emails. Information Technology Services (ITS) will only  bypass emails from the spam checks if a reasonable case can be made for the need. The goal is to reduce K‑State’s exposure to spam and allow the spam protections in Office 365 to do their job.

You should periodically check your Junk Email folder to make sure
you are not losing important, safe emails. After Oct. 2, be sure to

look for messages from your LISTSERV lists in your Junk Email folder. If you find any, fill out this form to request a global settings change that will move those emails from your Junk Email folder into your Inbox folder instead. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis for approval.

If you have questions, contact Greg Dressman, director of Enterprise Server Technologies, dressman@ksu.edu.

Change to K-State’s LISTSERV whitelisting policy

by Information Technology Services

To help ensure proper delivery of emails to your K-State Inbox, Information Technology Services (ITS) maintains an Approved or Safe Sender whitelist. A whitelist is a list of email addresses, domains, and IP addresses which will not be blocked by K-State’s spam filters.

Whitelisting introduces additional cybersecurity risks. Spammers take advantage of whitelisting which makes our K-State inboxes more susceptible to spam, phishing scams, and viruses. Spammers create spoofed emails from whitelisted email addresses, domains, and IP addresses, which will make their way to your Inbox. When you click on the spoofed emails and links, you will unknowingly expose the K-State network to viruses and harm.

Previously, email from K-State LISTSERV lists were whitelisted. Now, LISTSERV emails will go through the Spam check in Office 365, and will not be whitelisted. ITS will only whitelist emails that have a business need. The goal is to reduce K-State’s exposure to spam and allow the spam protections in Office 365 to do their job.

The whitelisting change will go into effect Oct. 2. After this date, periodically check your Junk Email folder to make sure you are not losing important, safe emails. If you are losing important emails, fill out this form to request a global settings change that will move those emails into your Inbox instead. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis for approval.

If you have questions, contact Greg Dressman, director of Enterprise Server Technologies, dressman@ksu.edu.

K-State stops critical attack on software

by Information Technology Services

On Thursday, March 9, a critical exploit was executed around the world that enabled hackers to take control of web servers. At K-State, the software used to manage the Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarship Application and the Axio LMS (which is in limited use) was attacked. Within an hour of the exploit being known to the world, Information Technology Services (ITS) had an initial block of the attacks in place. Continue reading “K-State stops critical attack on software”

XcodeGhost iOS virus and what you need to know

A couple of weeks ago, it was discovered that some apps in the iOS app store had been infected by a virus called XcodeGhost. Information Technology Services has discovered some infected iOS devices (iPhone, iPad) on the K-State network. As these devices are identified, their access to the K-State wireless network is being blocked. If your IOS device has been blocked, go to the IT Help Desk in 214 Hale Library so that they can assist you in cleaning your device and requesting the network block be removed.

Apple has removed the infected apps from the App Store, but some of these apps may still be installed on iOS devices. For more information, see Apple’s XcodeGhost Q&A (Chinese version).