CISO Memo: New Solutions Are on the Way

David SherryWhen the Fall term begins, there is always an excitement in the air on campus. CIS and ISG are not immune to this annual event. We have completed many “behind the scenes” initiatives during the summer, and now we once again turn to public-facing initiatives. I’ve been telling people I’ve been meeting with that we have some new tools and solutions on the way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Be the “Fall Guy”: Learn How this October

"slippery when wet" man falling with red circle and line across the icon with words around outside of caution triangle: Don't Be the "Fall Guy"No need to fall for the latest phishing scam or let a hacker slip into your computer because your password fell down on the job. Learn how to spot the phonies, maintain sure footing when surfing the web, beef up your password and more during National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October. And enter a raffle for great prizes, like an iPod touch. Learn more »

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Profile: Christopher Keith, Director of IT, Dean of the College

Christopher KeithIn this edition of “IT Profile”, we feature Christopher Keith. As Director of Information Technology at the office of the Dean of the College, Keith works closely with Brown’s Computing and Information Services department to ensure a secure and reliable computing environment for the Dean of the College and affiliate offices. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brown’s Network Redesign

Graphic representation of DMZ and its firewallOver the past several months, the Information Security Group (ISG) has worked closely with the Network Technology Group (NTG) in a new design for Brown’s network: one that will ensure a more robust, secure and reliable infrastructure.  Read the rest of this entry »

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In the News:

The Attack of the Flash “Zombie Cookies”

stack of smiling gingerbread cookiesIn August a lawsuit was filed against Specificmedia, a media company that targets and delivers specific audiences to advertisers. Read the rest of this entry »

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In the News:

Watch Out for Infected Thumbdrives

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Think that USB drive you found lying on the ground is a good deal? Maybe not. It could have been left there by someone waiting for you to plug it into your computer and infecting it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Did You Know? A Tip About that Gmail Account Activity Feature

Circle with various Google Apps icons at various points around itEver notice the line of text near the bottom of your Gmail account that tells you about your last account activity? If you click on Details, a chart pops up showing the how (browser, mobile, etc.), by whom (IP address) and when your email account was recently accessed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Safer Online Shopping

Woman using a laptop and holding a credit cardTHE BASICS

Keep your computer secure and protect your identity.

Utilize good-quality anti-virus and anti-malware products, anti-phishing filters or a security suite, as well as hardware and software firewalls.

Keep these tools and your browser up-to-date with the latest security patches. Read the rest of this entry »

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New ISG Site Launched this Summer

Computer with smily face on monitor

ISG unveiled its new website last month. it features a new look with expanded and reorganized content, making it easy to find just what you’re looking for in one of 6 main sections: Protect Your Data, Secure Your Devices, Guard Your Privacy, Get Help, 5 Quick Tips & For IT Pros. Check it out »

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Learn about Protecting Brown Information in the Classroom, Online and in Your Department

Group of graduates with caps and gownsOver 1,900 individuals have taken the “Protecting Brown Information” class to learn what constitutes “Brown Confidential Information”; where, when and how it’s at risk; and what need to be done to mitigate that risk. Are you one of them?

Classes are held the third Wednesday of most months (sign up at the Training.brown.edu site) and also also available online for those unable to attend in person.

ISG will also come to you and you department. Contact us at itsecurity@brown.edu if you’re interested in arranging a special session of Protecting Brown Information, which can be tailored to your needs. You can also request access to the online class at the same address.

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