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CISO Memo: Broadening Connections & Multiple Hats
Phishing Season (isn’t it always?)
IT Profile: David Mycue, Director of IT for the School of Engineering
Java: The Popular but Pesky Plugin
Malware Strikes Back
Soaking Up Security: Some Educational Opportunities
Advanced Network Troubleshooting classes this summer
Your Digital Afterlife
Social Networking Safely

CISO Memo: Focus on Privacy
Data Privacy Day Event / Data Privacy Month Online
IT Profile: Meet the Brown Security Round Table
Be Wary of Oversharing
Pardon Me, But Your Life Is Showing
Your Phone and Privacy
Protecting Brown’s Information Class January 16 + Online and in Your Department
Identity Finder 6.2 Now Available
Losing Your Mobile Device

Security and Privacy: This is not a case of “opposites attract”
GO CyBear SMART this October
IT Profile: Patrick Laverty on Web Security
Devising a Safer Environment for your Mobile Device
2-Step Verification for Google Apps at Brown
Using Dropbox at Brown
Identity Finder & Symantec Endpoint Encryption Reminder
When it comes to passwords, R U A 10+?
Follow us on Twitter!
HACKED: Now What?

CISO Memo: A Busy Spring
Take It Up a Notch or Two!
How to Have a Safe & Secure Summer
Phishing Good News / Bad News
Identity Finder & SEE Update
PBI & Online Training
Securing Your Mobile Device Apps
Keeping It Legal (& Safe)
Laptop Registration
Whadda You Know?

CISO Memo: 2011 Brought Many Changes
Data Privacy Day Observed Feb 29th at Brown
Identity Finder
Symantec Endpoint Encryption
IT Profile: Adam Glick
2012 Calendar
Queasy About QRs?
PBI Moves to LearningPoint
Tips for Avoiding Email Phishing Scams

CISO Memo: Cyber Security Awareness Month 2011
Sniffing Out PII with Identity Finder
IT Profile: Don’t Know Zack? An Introduction
Your Edge on Encryption
Digital Certs Update
Say Hello to SSL-VPN
Eduroam @ Brown: Education’s Global SSID
New Anti-Malware Clients
Erasing Your Online Presence

CISO Memo: Data Collection & Protection
IT Profile: Scott Martin & the ITSC
Something New in the Air: Cloudpath Wireless
CIS to Adopt New Digital Cert Service
Mac Malware, HomeRun & Other Phish Tales
Understanding Anti-Virus Software
What Do You Know?
Facebook: Safe, Not Sorry
Protecting Your Kids Online

CISO Memo: 2011, “The Year of YOUR Password”
Mobile Security: Staying Smart About Your Phone
IT Profile: Monty Combs, Director of Systems & Services for Facilities Management
Browsers: How to Keep Them Safe
Google: Spam and Virus Protection with Google Mail
Google: Apps, Grades, Security and Sensitive Information
2011: Security Trends for the New Year
New Year, New ISG Calendar
Learn about Protecting Brown Information in the Classroom, Online and in Your Department

CISO Memo: New Solutions Are on the Way
Profile: Christopher Keith
Cyber Security Month
Network Redesign
In the News: Zombie Cookies & Infected Thumbdrives
Gmail Account Activity Feature
Safer Online Shopping
New ISG Website Launched

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CISO Memo: Broadening Connections & Multiple Hats

David SherryMany people have asked me recently about how information security is evolving.  More and more CISOs now have a broader, risk-based focus on information protection, and many have privacy and compliance responsibilities as well. This rapid maturation is both welcome and daunting for security pros, and as a result we look to the larger community for support, guidance and networking. I’d like to share with you some of the connections that I have through Brown.

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Phishing Season (isn’t it always?)

Fish on a plateBrown has been hit on a number of occasions over the last couple of months with a variety of phishing attempts. Most are fairly obvious — with egregious grammar and typos and unconvincing sender addresses — but a few are a little more clever and may fool the casual reader, especially on the smaller screen of a smartphone you are checking quickly.

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IT Profile: David Mycue, Director of IT for the School of Engineering

David MycueDavid Mycue has been the Director of IT for the School of Engineering since August of 2011. Before that, he worked at MIT for a dozen years directing a small group that supported MIT’s flagship distance education program, the Singapore MIT Alliance, as well as providing video acquisition, encoding, hosting and webcasting services to the institute at large for programs including MIT World, Open CourseWare and the annual commencement exercises. He began at MIT as an undergrad majoring in electrical engineering and continued as staff until he met his wife, a Brown professor.

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Java: The Popular but Pesky Plugin

Patrick Laverty

by Patrick Laverty

We hear a lot recently about the security of Java. Lots of vulnerabilities are being found and new patches being issued constantly. Why can’t a company get this right for a language and platform that’s been available for nearly twenty years? Let’s take a look.

First, what is Java? It’s an object-oriented language that was created by a programmer at Sun Microsystems, back in mid-1990s.

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Malware Strikes Back

Lea Snyder

by Lea Snyder

I often get asked, “What is malware?” Simply put malware is software that gets installed on your machine and is used for nefarious purposes  – it could be to collect data, to get access to other machines on your network, to use your computer to attack others, and so on. Malware encompasses different pieces of software like viruses, worms, Trojan horses, rootkits, keyloggers, and others.

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Soaking Up Security: Some Educational Opportunities

Patrick Laverty

by Patrick Laverty

When I was first learning about IT security, I thought the way you learn is the same way we learn most things. You take classes. The first reaction is then to look for classes in a particular area. I did and was disappointed by either the lack of offerings in computer security, or the cost. It’s very easy to find classes that can cost as much as $4,000 a week and if you have to travel, the costs go up from there.

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Advanced Network Troubleshooting classes this summer

Lock superimposed on a silhouette over a round table topThe Brown Security Round Table is offering a second session of its popular class, Advanced Network Troubleshooting, on June 13  and again on July 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m at 169 Angell Street. This one-hour, hands-on class is aimed at those who already understand IP addresses, subnet masks, DHCP and DNS, and are ready to take their skills to the next level.

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Your Digital Afterlife

Image of a tombstone floating in the cloudsIt’s one thing to manage an active online life, but are you prepared to handle a digital afterlife as well? As Rebecca Herold notes in her recent article Your Digital Afterlife, “Keeping the memory of our loved ones alive is one thing; keeping their personal, private data and information safe, is quite another.”

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Social Networking Safely

Figurine on a gameboard with the word TwitterTed Demopoulos is the guest editor for this issue of the OUCH! security awareness newsletter. He is a longtime security consultant and has been teaching SANS courses for a decade, including SEC401/501 and MGT414/512. You can learn more about Ted at http://demop.com.

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