CISO Memo: Cyber Security Awareness Month 2011

David SherryWelcome back, once again, to National Cyber Security Awareness Month, October 2011. Some of you may be saying “What???”, while others may be saying “Again?????”  Either way, it is important for Brown to take part in this national event.

There are three reasons why we do this each year: 1.) to introduce (or remind) you to the Information Security Group (ISG), 2.) To raise the awareness level of security across the university (which reduces our risk), and 3.) To simply have some fun.

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Sniffing Out PII with Identity Finder

Identity Finder logoNot sure if your computer might be harboring personally identifiable information (PII), whether others or your own, but don’t know how to find and protect it? There will soon be an easy way to hunt it down and clean it up: Identity Finder.

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IT Profile: Don’t Know Zack? An Introduction

ZackMeet Zack, the Information Security Group’s official spokesperson/mascot for all activities and communications for the 2011 National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

We recently caught up with Zack, who is very busy prepping for October, to ask him a few questions.

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Your Edge on Encryption

Guardian Edge inscribed on a shieldCIS has purchased licenses for the encryption software Guardian Edge and is currently making preparations for a limited release late fall/early winter. Guardian Edge will provide full disk encryption for all data — whether user files, swap files, system files, hidden files, etc. — stored on a PC or Intel-based Mac. A typical Guardian Edge user would be a faculty or staff member who travels (on or off campus) with a laptop storing personally identifiable information (PII).

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Digital Certs Update

InCommon CertificatesIn the last edition of Secure IT!, we announced that CIS would soon be adopting a new digital cert service. That service will become available the end of the semester.

Requests will be managed by the office of Computing Accounts and Passwords (CAP) and should be initiated by filing a Remedy HD ticket (Category  “Digital Certificate”).

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Say Hello to SSL-VPN

On August 18th, CIS began the transition to SSL-VPN, a new way to securely connect to Brown’s network when off-campus using VPN (Virtual Private Network). During the transition period, as the new service gears up in the Brown environment, the current Cisco client will continue to be available, to be decommissioned sometime later in the academic year.

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Eduroam @ Brown: Education’s Global SSID

Eduroam loggoBrown University is joining a growing group of institutions who share a secure world-wide roaming access service that was developed for the international research and education community. Currently in the testing phase, plans are for Brown to become an active member by the end of November.

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New Anti-Malware Clients

Microsoft Security Essentials logoCIS is replacing Brown’s old anti-virus software with new a anti-malware* product that detects viruses along with other threats.  CIS is transitioning students from Symantec to Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for PCs and Sophos for Macs during the fall semester.

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Erasing Your Online Presence

Picture of a face being erasedIn early September, the World Wide Web (remember when it was called that?) celebrated its 20th birthday.  And like an attic that collects stacks of boxes and trunks filled with an assortment of odds and ends over the years, the internet is now filled with exabytes of data, much of it long forgotten after being uploaded years ago.

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