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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.
 
Regards,
Steve Cawley
Vice President for Information Technology and CIO
 

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Wireless Network Update: SecureMD2 to Be Disabled April 15


The University of Miami’s Information Technology (UMIT) team continues to work to improve security and the wireless experience for the University community. As of Tuesday, April 15, the SecureMD2 wireless network will be disabled and unavailable at all campuses. Faculty, staff, and students will continue to have access to SecureCanes and UHealth, secure wireless networks available on the Coral Gables, Miller School (medical), and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) campuses.

All UM users are encouraged to use SecureCanes or UHealth for all wireless activity effective immediately. These wireless networks provide encryption for wireless communications, making it safer to use wireless devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets. To access these networks you will be required to enter your CaneID and password (please see the links to instructions below for additional assistance).

Please be advised that the WirelessCanes wireless network will be the only open network (which does not require a password) and is designated for University guests. Faculty, staff, and students are strongly cautioned against using WirelessCanes for any business or medical use, as these are unencrypted connections.

Listed below are links to instructions on how to connect to the SecureCanes and UHealth wireless networks:

If you have any questions or trouble connecting to the SecureCanes or UHealth wireless networks, please contact the UMIT Service Desk: Coral Gables/RSMAS Campuses: 305-284-6565, itsupportcenter@miami.edu; or Medical Campus: 305-243-5999, help@med.miami.edu.

 

 

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UMIT Security Solutions – Phishing: Don’t Get Hooked


Can you protect yourself from getting hooked? Phishing is the act of sending a fraudulent email claiming to represent a legitimate enterprise in an attempt to retrieve the recipient’s private information, including passwords, account details, and other personal information. Criminals are always on the hunt for new targets, and the University of Miami is no exception. Like many institutions, UM has had several reports of phishing emails targeting faculty, students, and staff. The University of Miami Information Technology department (UMIT) is working hard to provide solutions to defend and block these threats from reaching your mailbox, but we must all remain highly vigilant against these targeted emails.

While phishing emails can resemble spam, the quality of these emails is remarkable and can:

  • appear to be from a UM email address
  • reference current events such as the email migration and other system implementations
  • appear professional in format, similar to University correspondence

Please note: The University of Miami will never request your CaneID and password credentials via email. If you are unsure about an email, do not click on any of the links within the message.

To learn more, and for tips on how to protect yourself from phishing, please read the BEWARE of Phishing Email Scams! article on the UMIT website, or contact UMIT Security at ciso@miami.edu.

If you suspect you may be a victim of phishing, please contact the UMIT Service Desk immediately: Coral Gables/RSMAS campuses: 305-284-6565 or itsupportcenter@miami.edu; Miller School of Medicine campus: 305-243-5999 or help@med.miami.edu.

 

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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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