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Safe Computing--When in doubt...don't click

Since the beginning of May, many members of our community have fallen victim to email phishing scams. Several of their Pipeline accounts were compromised resulting in the scammers using our servers to send thousands of new phishing email messages. The accounts have been recovered and we have blocked our network from these specific scammers. Fortunately, no additional damage or loss of information has occurred.

The Department of Information Technology is taking steps to proactively secure our technology and information assets. We have formed an Incident Response Team within IT to respond to security incidents such as these. We brought in an IT security expert for two days last week to review our environment and provide recommendations to improve it. Additionally, we are launching an IT security campaign to help educate students, faculty and staff about threats that we all face on a daily basis, both at CCRI and at home.

We’ve pulled together some valuable and fun resources on a web page entitled Safe Computing--When in doubt...don't click! The page includes links to cartoons, information, videos and quizzes. We encourage you to visit this page to enhance your knowledge of viruses, phishing, data security, ID theft and more.

Also, we will be sending out periodic emails about Information Technology, particularly security. These emails will have specific subject headings to help you assess their contents. Urgent emails that serve to alert you of a potential security breach will have a subject beginning with CCRI IT Security Alert. Always read these first when you find them in your inbox. Emails that contain tips about technology will have a subject beginning with CCRI IT Tips. Finally, emails that serve to provide information related to system downtimes, planned upgrades and other technology issues will have a subject beginning CCRI IT Update. Please contact the CCRI IT Service Desk should you ever have any questions or concerns about a technology issue.

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Last Updated: 6/18/13