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Information and cyber security continues to grow as a significant issue for higher education, and for individuals everywhere. Learn about the latest development as Miami celebrates Cyber Security Awareness month.

Updating Thursday’s departmental printing service disruption, there are a few remaining tasks still being completed that impact some printing functions.

  • All copiers with Equitrac terminals are being reconnected to Equitrac
  • Non-personnel accounts, such as departmental or Entity, will be given permission to print or copy

An email message that mimics a note from the Miami Libraries is just one of several new phishing scams to affect Miami faculty, staff and students this week. Others include one that asks recipients to “validate” their MiamiOH.edu account, and one that asks to “validate” your iTunes account. Please be aware that these message are hoaxes and phishing scams, and Miami’s Information Security office has been working to block these sites.

Google Apps users at Miami can now edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly from Google Drive, Gmail and the new Docs, Sheets and Slides home screens, without needing Microsoft Office. For ChromeOS users, there's nothing to install, it just works.

Miami recently received new functionality in our Google Apps control panel that allows Google Apps administrators to restore files deleted from users' Google Drive. We are able to restore files that were deleted up to 25 days prior to the restoration attempt. Any files that were deleted more than 25 days prior to the restoration attempt, cannot be recovered.

Several Miami students and staff members have reported receiving an email that appears to be from a Miami University address and asks recipients to login and confirm their account status because of a security message. Please be aware that this message is a hoax and a phishing scam, and Miami’s Information Security office is working on blocking the site.

With Fall midterm grade submissions opening on October 6, we wanted to remind you about Two-Factor Authentication, and how this new security feature affects Banner grade submission.

Two-Factor Authentication applies to the submission of midterm and final grades, via BannerWeb or the Niihka Send Grades to Banner option.

On Thursday, October 9 at 4:30 PM, there will be a 3 hour interruption of Departmental printing, on all Ohio campuses, to remediate an Equitrac service issue. During this time, departmental printing to network printers will not be available. We do not anticipate any service disruption to pay-for-print, the student printing services.

You may have heard about the ShellShock/Bash vulnerability in the news recently. This is an issue impacting Linux and Unix systems that function as web servers and/or allow SSH connections. IT Services is on top of this, it has no operational impact to Miami systems, and we are taking all of the appropriate actions to maintain the security of all Miami computing environments.

Please join us at the beautiful Liberty Golf Course for the IT Fall Golf outing on Sunday, October 12, 2014. This event is being hosted by Miami University Information Technology Services as a way to bring the Miami community together on the links for a day of food, fun and golf.

For more information and to register, please visit MiamiOH.edu/ITGolfPreview.

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