Information Technology Updates
It is very easy to find any information you need in today’s connected world. Have you ever Googled yourself to see what information about you is online? A search can often provide your address history, phone number, age, birthdate, employment information, public records, and social media accounts. Consider what can be done with Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from the perspective of a cyber criminal looking to commit identity theft or other crimes. Read more at https://www.cisecurity.org/newsletter/share-your-information-with-care/
Mobile devices, such as smartphones, smart watches, and tablets, continue to advance and innovate at an astonishing rate. As a result, some people replace their mobile devices as frequently as every year. Unfortunately, people often do not realize how much personal data is on these devices. See the latest OUCH! newsletter from SANS for assistance in this sometimes overlooked task.
As people seek to file their tax returns this year, cybercriminals will be busy trying to take advantage of this with a variety of scams. Citizens may learn they are victims only after having a legitimate tax return rejected because scammers already fraudulently filed taxes in their name. Read more at the Center for Internet Security.
Cyber criminals continue to come up with new and creative ways to fool people. A new type of scam is gaining popularity— personalized scams. Cyber criminals find or purchase information about millions of people, then use that information to personalize their attacks. Below we show you how these scams work and walk you through a common example. The more you know about these scams, the easier it is for you to spot and stop them.
Read the details in this month's OUCH! newsletter from SANS.
On Friday, February 1, major DNS (Domain Name System) software and public DNS providers will remove support for workarounds accommodating authoritative DNS servers that don’t follow published operational standards. UNI's DNS servers are compliant with the necessary standards, however, sites using authoritative servers that don’t meet standards may find their resources unreachable by large portions of the Internet. To be clear, the solution for an unreachable site lies with the unreachable site, not with UNI. Additional information is here.
January 28 is Data Privacy Day (DPD), an annual effort to promote data privacy awareness and education. This year's DPD events, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), focus around the theme, A New Era in Privacy.
The NCSA Stay Safe Online website will feature a live stream of the Data Privacy Day 2019 - Live From LinkedIn event, which includes presentations on opportunities and challenges and the future of privacy, as well as a TED-style talk with the Amazon Web Services Global principal security architect.
The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), encourages users and administrators to review NCSA's tips on Managing Your Privacy and the following NCCIC tips:
Communicating using G Suite Apps - GS1
This workshop will focus on communication applications included with G Suite, covering GMail, Google Groups, and Google Hangouts Chat. During this workshop, we will review Gmail, discuss new features Google has released, and discuss how to keep your inbox organized. We will walk through the process of requesting and configuring a Google Group, and end the session by exploring Google Hangouts Chat and the benefits of creating a chat-based workspace.
1/25/19 at 10:00-11:00 AM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
3/5/19 at 1:00-2:00 PM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
4/4/19 at 9:00-10:00 AM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
Getting Organized with G Suite Apps - GS2
This workshop will focus on organization applications included in G Suite, specifically, Calendar, Keep, and Tasks. During this workshop, we will review how to create an event, create appointment slots, and view a guest's availability. In addition, we will look at sharing calendars and creating secondary calendars. Next, we will discuss using Keep and how to create notes and use reminders. We will wrap the class up by talking about how to create tasks, subtasks, and due dates.
1/29/19 at 1:30-2:30 AM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
3/12/19 at 1:00-2:00 AM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
4/11/19 at 9:00-10:00 AM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
Using Google Drive - GS3
This workshop focuses on Google Drive. It will include information and demonstrations on My Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. We will review the process of sharing documents and folders. We will touch on using Google Drive for storage and connecting it to your machine through Drive File Stream. We will start to look at the search capabilities within Google Drive.
2/6/19 at 2:00-3:00 PM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
3/25/19 at 1:00-2:00 PM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
4/18/19 at 9:00-10:00 AM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
Using Team Drives - GS4
This workshop focuses on Google Drive - Team Drives. It will be a deeper dive into using Google Drive and will focus on Team Drives. We will cover how to request a Team Drive, configure the settings and how to add team members. We will discuss how to use Google Drive for storage and connecting it to your computer through Drive File stream. During this session, we will continue to explore Google Drive search capabilities.
2/19/19 10:00-11:00 AM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
4/2/19 at 1:00-2:00 PM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
4/25/19 at 9:00-10:00 AM - Scholar Space - 301 Rod Library
Caribou Coffee chain announces card breach impacting 239 stores, including the Cedar Falls store
"All customers who used a credit or debit card at one of the affected stores between August 28, 2018, and December 3, 2018, should consider their card details compromised and take precautions such as asking for a card replacement, reviewing credit card reports, and enrolling in identity protection programs. Users can consult the list of impacted stores via the company's data breach notice, posted on its homepage. Caribou Coffee officials said they detected that something was wrong last month, on November 28, when its IT staff was alerted of "unusual activity" on its network via its security monitoring processes."
To read the complete article see: https://www.zdnet.com/article/caribou-coffee-chain-announces-card-breach-impacting-239-stores/
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