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UMIT Security Alert: Beware the Heartbleed Bug

Dear Colleagues,
As many of you are aware, a serious security vulnerability has been exposed that is affecting websites worldwide. This security problem, called the “Heartbleed Bug” (see http://heartbleed.com for technical details) is a way for hackers to potentially see information when you browse a secure website. It can create situations where hackers gain access to passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal information.
UMIT is in the process of assessing our vulnerability throughout the institution. We have focused our attention on our most critical infrastructure. For example, we have confirmed that our central identity management systems are not vulnerable. We are working diligently with IT staff throughout the University as well as our vendors to detect and remediate the vulnerability. While we work to ensure the security of our systems, we have implemented additional protections to limit exposure. 
We are in close communication with our peer institutions and following the guidance of authoritative security experts such as the SANS Institute. We are considering what the best approach may be for future remediation activities. Our guidance at this time is to pay attention to the information you receive from financial institutions, retailers, and other organizations you do business with personally and be sure to follow the instructions they provide. As new information becomes available, we will keep you informed. 
If you are a system administrator or have additional questions regarding Heartbleed, please contact: ciso@miami.edu.
Steve Cawley
Vice President for Information Technology and CIO

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UM Departments Honored at Miami Heat Game for United Way Success

UW-Heat Ceremony

Pictured from left to right are: UM mascot Sebastian the Ibis; Steve Cawley, vice president and chief information officer for UM Information Technology; Anthony Bonaventure, senior development officer for United Way of Miami-Dade; Nerissa Morris, UM vice president for Human Resoures and TeamUM United Way Campaign Chair; David Lubarsky, Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology; and Miami Heat mascot Burnie.

The University of Miami has been a proud supporter of the United Way of Miami-Dade for almost 40 years. Last year’s TeamUM United Way campaign raised more than $1 million, with two departments—Information Technology and Anesthesiology—being the highest-performing units during the annual fundraising drive, raising more than $57,900 and $55,900, respectively.

The two departments were recognized at halftime of the Miami Heat’s final preseason game on October 25 at American Airlines Arena. Accepting the honors for their respective units were Steve Cawley, vice president and chief information officer for UM Information Technology, and David Lubarsky, Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology.

The evening featured pregame activities for UM faculty and staff, who were awarded tickets to the game for making United Way pledges.


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