Top Ten Phishing Things (to think about)

Phishing, as defined in Wikipedia, “… is the act of attempting to acquire information … by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”  The most common form of communication today for phishing is email.  Phishing exists because it is extremely effective for spammers or criminals seeking usernames, passwords, credit card details or other....

Google Apps Presentation at Staff Development Session, October 22

Ben Beachy led an Information Systems presentation at an EMU Staff Development session on Tuesday, October 22, which described the implementation plan being developed to convert EMU’s email and calendar systems to Google Apps for Education.  The session began with a short set of slides which began with the statement “Microsoft fits EMU today but Google....

Google positions us for the future

Information Systems recommends that EMU migrate to Google Apps for Education for email, calendar and collaboration services. President’s Cabinet and the Information Systems Planning Committee endorse this recommendation. Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 are industry leaders that set users’ expectations for email, calendar and collaboration software. Both Google and Microsoft offer free versions of....

Information Systems Policy Updated, Summer 2013

Each year the Information Systems Planning Committee (ISPC) reviews the Information Systems Policy and considers any changes recommended by Information Systems leadership for approval.  Only one revision has been made this year to the policy manual, but it is significant and important for all EMU employees to understand.

Email Phishing Awareness Reminder

Spamming and phishing are, unfortunately, a daily reality with email.  Information Systems deploys a number of resources to constantly filter incoming email to keep out the “bad stuff”.  However, the cleverness and veracity of the “bad guys” continues to escalate and, unfortunately, some of the bad stuff gets delivered to our email inboxes.

Changing your password annually

Information Systems has begun enforcing annual password changes after a hiatus while we migrated to Microsoft’s Active Directory. You will receive notice to change your password within the next few months. The rest of this post contains further details about this. For many years the Information Systems department has required users to change their password....

Phishing: Another Reminder – NEVER Give Away Your EMU Password!

With several EMU email accounts having recently been compromised because the EMU mailbox owners were tricked into giving away their passwords, I feel I need to, again, remind the campus community that you should never, never, never give away your EMU password.  Did I mention NEVER? Email messages are being sent to @emu.edu email addresses....

Broadcast Email Messages: Effective Tool or Spamming Ourselves?

Broadcast email messages are those sent to everyone, all-students and non-students @emu.edu. Any EMU employee can send to these email addresses. Info Systems receives unsolicited feedback periodically from the campus community that is often critical of the number and kinds of broadcast messages sent. I offer the following comments for the campus community to consider: SGA....

Internet Bandwidth: A Costly Resource – Please Use Wisely

EMU relies heavily on its Internet connection for a wide spectrum of resources and functionality.  As of December 2011, the campus uses a 45mbps metropolitan Ethernet connection which costs about $50,000 each year.  This is a relatively low amount of bandwidth for an institution our size because, for a number of reasons, Internet bandwidth in....

Status Update – Microsoft Migration Project

In 1995 EMU implemented its first campus-wide network using the Novell networking system.  At the time it was the most popular networking system in operation, particularly on college campuses.  Over time, Microsoft networking systems improved and by 2000 Microsoft became the predominant system used in commercial environments and colleges and universities also began migrating to....