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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”

Avoid Internet Explorer until vulnerability fixed

By Robert Vaile

On April 26, Microsoft notified customers of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that affects browser versions 6 through 11. This vulnerability has the potential to allow attackers to run malicious code on vulnerable machines when users visit compromised or malicious websites. The Department of Homeland Security confirms that they are aware of active exploitation of this vulnerability in the wild.  Continue reading “Avoid Internet Explorer until vulnerability fixed”

University Web editor meeting Nov. 7

By Bill Herndon

The next university Web editor meeting will be 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the Town Hall Room of the Leadership Studies Building. Jim Mock, director of video production services, will be presenting to the group about the use of video on websites.

Click here for more information.

(Editor’s note: Reprinted from K-State Today’s article published Nov. 2, 2011.)

Q/A: Best weather websites or resources?

What are the best websites for weather resources? There’s too many to choose from!

This may be a frequent question given the near-blizzard conditions now in Kansas. One option is to check Google’s Weather links at www.google.com/Top/News/Weather, which contains weather categories and also 40+ specific weather-related sites (no doubt some you’ve never heard of). The big advantages are that you can:

  • Skim one-line descriptions of each site
  • Sort websites by alphabetical order or by Google PageRank (how popular a site is)

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New K-State homepage for 2011

K-State's new homepage went live Jan. 18, 2011A new K-State homepage went live last Tuesday, Jan. 18, and was deployed by the Division of Communications and Marketing. The new format includes:

  • A streamlined format
  • Improved navigation
  • Redesigned top and bottom banners
  • Social-media links (bottom right) to K-State sites for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, RSS, and Gowalla

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Free IT security training at K-State-Salina Oct. 21

If you are based on the K-State Salina campus and you weren’t able to attend the IT Security training provided in Manhattan, now’s your chance!

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and, as part of the celebration, K-State’s IT security team is hosting a series of events that will help the users at K-State become more secure. One of those events is the Free Cybersecurity Training Event 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the K-State Salina Technology Center.

The event will consist of a welcome and introductory remarks from K-State’s new Chief Information Officer, Ken Stafford, followed by two groups of breakout sessions. The afternoon will wrap up with a Security Round-Robin, which will be your chance to ask the security experts the questions you have about IT security at K-State.

Register for the free security training Oct. 21

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CHECK conference presentations available online

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the 2010 CHECK conference at Fort Hays State University, some of the presentations are available online, via “Download” links under presentations listed on the conference agenda webpage. Downloadable files may be PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, and zipped files.

Downloadable presentations include:

  • Beyond Wifi: Securing Your Mobile Devices
  • Online Content Accessibility : It’s not what you know, it’s who you know
  • Workforce Changes in the Maturing IT Industry
  • Organizing and Uniting Web Developer Communication on a Decentralized Campus



"Safe(r) web browsing" PowerPoint slides online

For those who missed the IT security roundtable April 9, it’s comforting to know that presenter Harvard Townsend (K-State’s chief information security officer) diligently documents the details in his PowerPoint files. The Safe(r) Web Browsing presentation (50-slide PowerPoint) that’s now online serves as a realistic roadmap of the latest dangers and defenses for K-Staters who want to be safer-than-sorry when browsing the Web.

As Townsend has said before, “The scary thing is you don’t even have to click on anything – just visiting a site with malicious code can initiate a download that installs malware on your computer without you knowing it.”

Slide 29 from the Safe(r) Web Browsing presentation
Slide 29 from the Safe(r) Web Browsing presentation (click the image to download the PowerPoint)


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Campus web: Budget initiative, sustainability, Catalyst newsletter, IT resources

The following sites and resources have been added to the K-State website recently:

New webpage for non-standard class drop/refund deadlines

The Registrar’s Office has developed a new webpage that outlines all drop and refund deadlines for non-standard classes.

A non-standard class is simply a class that meets for a shorter or longer period of time than a regular session class. Regular-session drop deadlines and refund deadlines are posted on the K-State Academic Calendar.  Non-standard drop and refund deadlines are prorated based on the start and end date of a class.

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