IT continues observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Marshall University Information Technology (IT) department is participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) to raise awareness of Cyber Security issues. Throughout the month of October, Marshall IT will continue to share information from the national campaign.

Week 4 will emphasize the importance of securing our critical infrastructure and highlight the roles the public can play in keeping it safe. In addition, it will lead the transition into November’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, which is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Our nation’s critical infrastructure runs on the Internet. The systems that enable us to live our daily lives—the electrical systems, financial institutions, transportation systems, and more—are all dependent upon a digital ecosystem. As cybersecurity breaches continue to rise in frequency and scale, it is critical for all Marshall Students, Faculty and Staff to understand their role and take steps to protect our critical infrastructure.

To find out more information and ways to get involved in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, visit www.marshall.edu/it/ncsam-2018/.


Single Sign On Change Notification

As part of our effort to bring a unified Single Sign On (SSO) experience to more of MUIT services, we are preparing to migrate to a new Shibboleth Identity Provider (IDP) server that will allow us to integrate with Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). Once this migration is complete, those attempting to log-in to services protected by shibboleth will no longer see the traditional Marshall Shibboleth SSO page.

Once the migration is complete, users will see the standard ADFS login page instead.


What is Shibboleth?

As a federated system, a Shibboleth IdP supports secure access to resources across security domains. Information about a user (known as attributes) is sent from a home identity provider (IdP) to a service provider (SP), which prepares the information for protection of sensitive content and use by applications.

What is ADFS?

Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) is a software component developed by Microsoft that can be installed on Windows Server operating systems to provide users with single sign-on access to systems and applications located across organizational boundaries.

Which systems will be affected?

Bb Transact for Eaccounts

eRezLife

InCommon federation including CILogon, Educause, Eduroam

Poll Everywhere

Tapingo

WVAquavit


Please note that this is re-directing to ADFS for authentication only. The remainder of the process is handled by shibboleth just as it always has for attribute release, etc.  As of right now, we are planning on migrating to the new server during the standard maintenance window on 10/21/18.

 

Please contact the IT Service Desk for any questions, 304-696-3200, or chat below.

 

 


MATLAB Support Change

Below is an update from MATLAB:

If you have installed MATLAB on a platform that is impacted by a support change.

MathWorks periodically updates platform support and has made the following changes:

New Platforms

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS: Support begins with R2018b.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 15: Support begins with R2018b.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15: Support begins with R2018b.

Dropped Platforms

  • Windows 8.1: Support has ended as of R2018b.
  • macOS 10.11 “El Capitan”: Support has ended as of R2018b.

See the complete set of system requirements and the platform road map for the latest information on planned platform changes to MathWorks products.

Sincerely,
MathWorks Customer Service Team
mathworks.com/contact


National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)- October 2018

The Marshall University Information Technology (IT) department is participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) to raise awareness of Cyber Security issues. Throughout the month of October, Marshall IT will be sharing information from the national campaign on Twitter, their website and through newsletter articles.

“The Marshall IT team looks forward to National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) as an annual opportunity to share with our campus community a variety of tips and techniques we can all use to protect the data and devices in our digital lives,” said Jon Cutler, chief information security officer. The Marshall Information Technology (IT) team has participated in the national cyber security awareness events since 2011. These annual events are a great opportunity to for each of us to increase our digital security awareness.”

National Cyber Security Awareness Month began in 2004 as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. NCSAM is celebrated across the country each October under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

“We know folks in the Marshall campus community are concerned about cyber threats but don’t always realize the part they can play in identifying and avoiding these attacks,” Cutler said. “It seems hardly a week goes by that we don’t hear or read about new computer security issue. Especially troubling this past year has been the steady increase of phishing attacks against campus email accounts. We trust you will find each of the weekly topics to be helpful and welcome any feedback in how those messages can be improved.”

Different cyber security topics will be discussed each week including basic online safety and security, workplace cyber security, recognizing and combating cyber-crime, our continuously connected lives and what to do if you are a victim of cyber-crime.

For more information about NCSAM, visit www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You are also invited to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and the use of hashtags #MarshallUInfoSec #CyberAware and #StopThinkConnect on Twitter throughout the month of October.


MU Information Security Alert

A number of fradulent emails have been circulating with various subjects and @live.marshall.edu senders, all with message bodies looking similar to the image below.  Many accounts are continuing to be compromised. Please DO NOT CLICK any links in messages which look similar to the image below, or any other messages before verifying the sender, verifying the URL, and ensuring you expect the message and that it is legitimate.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY CLICKED A LINK IN A MESSAGE SIMILAR TO THE ONE ABOVE, CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and contact the IT Service Desk at (304)696-3200. 

 

IF YOU RECEIVE A FRAUDULENT EMAIL MESSAGE, WE ASK YOU TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTION(s):

  1. (Optional) Report a suspicious email message sent to your @marshall.edu email address by forwarding the message to phishing@marshall.edu. You will receive an auto-reply confirming receipt of the message as well as additional instructions.
  2. Delete the message from your inbox.
  3. As long as you did not attempt to open the attachment, reply/click on the web link, or provide any personal information, no additional action is needed; however…
  4. If you attempted to open an attachment or visited a website where you submitted your username, password or other sensitive information, you should immediately contact the Marshall IT Service Desk at (304) 696-3200 / itservicedesk@marshall.edu.

 

Security Tip: Use of the ‘Skeptical Hover Technique’ Most email applications allow you to simply hover your mouse – without clicking – over an embedded web link to preview where the hidden link will try to send you if you should click it.

 

ALWAYS be suspicious of any unexpected email messages (regardless of the source) which include file attachments,  web URL’s, or are written with a sense of urgency that you must provide computer passwords or reveal personal financial information.

 

Phishing Scams and Compromised Accounts – What Should I Do?

https://www.marshall.edu/it/departments/information-security/compromise/

 

InfoSec Tips #7: Don’t Be Tricked

http://www.marshall.edu/it/training/infosec-tips-7/

 

Thank you for your continued awareness,

 

 


Drinko Library and Information Center to host open house Sept. 5

Faculty and staff are invited to join Libraries and Online Learning and the Division of Information Technology for the 2018 Drinko Open House from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, on the 3rd floor of the Drinko Library and Information Center on the Huntington campus.

During the event, guests will be encouraged to take a tour of Drinko Library to learn more about IT and Library and Online Learning services including circulation, inter-library loans, the Writing Center, Instructional Design Center, ID Office, IT Service Desk, Marshall Digital Scholar and more.

The event will also showcase the location of all service areas in the building as well as information about additional services available from both departments and refreshments will be available.

More info at:

www.marshall.edu/wamnewsletter/2018/08/drinko-library-and-information-center-to-host-open-house-sept-5/


Tech Up Session Tonight!

 

Come join us!

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a Tech-up Open House Wednesday, August 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Drinko Library and Information Center Room 138 on the Huntington campus.

Brush up on your technology skills in navigating the library’s electronic resources and services and using Blackboard through MUOnLine.  IT staff will be on-hand to provide an overview of myMU and assist with other computer or wireless questions.

For more information, please visit www.marshall.edu/techup


Adobe Creative Cloud licensing update

Marshall University students, faculty and staff who require the Adobe Creative Cloud software as part of their academic program or job function now have new and expanded access to this software suite.

This licensing enhancement expands the use to not only select University-owned computers, but also allows installation on an additional device including a personally-owned computer. This new capability is called ‘named-user-licensing’ and will be accessible via single-sign-on with your MUNet account credentials.

The University is funding this initiative for specific academic programs and business units. Named-user licensing will allow students, faculty, and staff to install and run the complete Adobe Creative Cloud Suite on up to two computers that they use, including their own personal computer, but is limited to one active computer at a time.

Eligible students include those enrolled in a major under the College of Arts and Media (CAM) and other select courses. Students enrolled in an eligible course outside of CAM may receive access for the duration of the approved course’s term.  Check my eligibility.

If a student needs access to Adobe Creative Cloud software for a specific course, please ask your instructor to complete the online request form to Request Access to Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

If your use is not course-related, then you may want to consider purchasing a personal license through Adobe Creative Cloud with an educational discount. Users with active license assignments (personal and enterprise) may use the Adobe Creative Cloud applications in one of our technology labs and designated classrooms across campus.

Students, Faculty and Staff who need access to Adobe Creative Cloud apps for their academic or administrative work should complete the online request form to create their license assignment.

Please visit the following website www.marshall.edu/it/adobe for further information, to check your eligibility, and to request access.

Still have questions or having issues with installing or updating your Creative Cloud license? Please contact the IT Service Desk via chat, phone 304-696-3200, email itservicedesk@marshall.edu, or in person.


Lynda Campus offers technology help for vacations

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” – Henry Miller

Being able to protect, capture, and manage your vacation is very important. Lynda Campus provides you an easy way to do just that! Learn how to use technology to help keep you safe, get the most out of the mobile photography revolution, and boost your productivity by crafting a personalized approach to time management.

Marshall University Information Technology’s partnership with Lynda Campusprovides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to easily access in-depth training on these skills, as well as many others. Take advantage of this opportunity by checking out the related topics below:

To access Lynda.com training videos, please visit Lynda.marshall.edu and sign in using your MUNet Account username and password. Access is available both on and off-campus.

Benefits to using lynda.com include:

  • Unlimited access to courses on a wide variety of technologies and disciplines
  • Up-to-date content to keep skills current and learn new skills
  • New courses added each week
  • Tutorials taught by recognized industry experts
  • Access to instructors’ exercise files to follow along as you learn
  • Closed captioning and searchable, time-coded transcripts
  • Beginner to advanced courses
  • Option to watch complete courses or bite-size videos as you need them

Need assistance?
Lynda.com System Requirements

Contact the IT Service Desk, located on the first floor in the Drinko Library, e-mail itservicedesk@marshall.edu or call 304-696-3200.


Improve your technology security awareness using Lynda Campus

Marshall University Information Technology provides access to Lynda Campus for ALL students, faculty and staff. This service provides the university, and the members of its community, with easy online access to in-depth training demos on a wide variety of topics underlining important technical and life skills.

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Marshall community utilize technology on a day-to-day basis and Lynda Campus provides easy ways to improve technology skills including how to safeguard your computer, keep your digital data secure, properly managing your passwords, protect your online privacy, and to help you prevent viruses and security breaches across your devices. Learning, understanding and executing these technology skills will benefit and protect you and the university as a whole.

Related topics include:

Learning Computer Security and Internet Safety
Cybersecurity Awareness: Mobile Device Security
Password Management Playlist

To access these videos and more, visit Lynda.marshall.edu and sign in using your MUNet Account username and password. Access is available both on and off-campus. Lynda.com is also available in the app store for smart devices.

Benefits to using lynda.com include:

Unlimited access to courses on a wide variety of technologies and disciplines
Up-to-date content to keep skills current and learn new skills
New courses added each week
Tutorials taught by recognized industry experts
Access to instructors’ exercise files to follow along as you learn
Closed captioning and searchable, time-coded transcripts
Beginner to advanced courses
Option to watch complete courses or bite-size videos as you need them

 

Need assistance?
Lynda.com System Requirements

Contact the IT Service Desk, located on the first floor in the Drinko Library and Information Center, email: itservicedesk@marshall.edu or call 304-696-3200.