IT Professionals News Archive
DHS and UD phishing test results highlight positives, room for improvement
University of Delaware IT has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to test the security of UD’s IT infrastructure and the awareness of its employees.
As part of the DHS tests, a simulated phishing attack was launched against UD accounts. Three test phishing emails were distributed at random to 7,300 full-time and part-time employees to gauge preparedness for phishing threats.
DHS and the University did not track which individuals clicked links in the test phishing messages. However, aggregate data revealed that approximately 25 percent of those who received a test phishing email clicked a suspicious link.
Recent phishing email scam lands in 2,000 UD inboxes
Hackers targeted about 2,000 members of the University of Delaware community by sending a phishing message to their UD email inboxes on Friday, May 15, according to UD Information Technologies (IT).
The message claimed that an individual’s email account had exceeded its “storage limit” and that the account would be deleted unless the user clicked the provided link. The phish included UD’s logo and appeared to come from a legitimate UD email address, but the link led to a malicious page that attempted to steal personal information.
UD taxpayers report being caught up in tax fraud seen across the country
Members of the University of Delaware community have joined the growing number of Americans reporting that fraudulent U.S. income tax returns have been filed using their names and Social Security numbers (SSNs).
Basic information like name, date of birth and SSN is all that is needed to file a fraudulent return. If that fraudulent return is filed before a legitimate taxpayer files, the legitimate return is blocked by the IRS because a return for that name and SSN has already been processed.
Eduroam wireless network provides UD employees, students, visiting scholars secure Internet access
The University of Delaware has joined over 5,500 educational and research institutions participating in eduroam, an international federated network that provides faculty, researchers, students and staff at member institutions Internet access at any member institution.
“Access to eduroam increases opportunities for collaboration with other institutions,” said Carl Jacobson, vice president, UD Information Technologies (IT).
Informal digital photography workshop: Friday April 10 at Faculty Commons
University of Delaware Faculty Commons is hosting a drop-in digital photography workshop on Friday, April 10.
UD faculty, graduate students and staff are invited to stop by the Commons, 116 Pearson Hall, anytime between 2:30 and 4 p.m. for a cup of coffee and help with digital photography.
2015 Secure UD training: Online information security training for UD employees
Over 1,700 full-time and part-time employees participated in the first year of training. We urge all employees to complete the training this year.
IT offers Self Service UD Capture, other online resources to help faculty
Recent winter weather events have canceled University of Delaware classes and created travel difficulties for students and faculty members alike. As a result, some faculty may need to present material from a “lost” class session to their students.
UD Information Technologies (IT) reminds faculty that UD offers online resources to help instructors communicate with their students, archive resources for students and provide additional instructional material to students.
Open Education Week at UD: March 9-13, 2015
March 9-13 is Open Education Week, a worldwide event sponsored by the Open Education Consortium to raise awareness about open education and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.
University of Delaware faculty members are invited to participate in a variety of online and on-campus events during this week. All campus events will be held at Faculty Commons, 116 Pearson Hall.
Apple Macintosh users should upgrade systems to Mac OS X 10.8 or later
Apple Macintosh users should upgrade systems to Mac OS X 10.8 or later. Versions 10.7 are no longer supported and not receiving security upgrades.
Hsu research group discusses HPC resources used in coastal and carbon cycle research (Feb. 25 HPC Symposium)
Associate Professor Tian-Jian (Tom) Hsu, Civil and Environmental Engineering, led the February session of the High Performance Computing (HPC) Symposium Series on February 25.
Hsu presented an overview of his research group’s use of UD computing clusters and the software that he and his research team uses to study costal processes. He also discussed some of the impacts of their research including a better understanding of the Carbon Cycle—a crucial aspect of studying climate change.