Security & Privacy


UMass Implements Centralized Threat Lifecycle Management Platform

The University of Massachusetts system has a new defense against network security threats: a centralized platform from LogRhythm.

Hackers are Attacking Word Users with Microsoft Office Zero-Day Vulnerability

Hackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Word, which security researchers say can be used to quietly install different kinds of malware — even on fully patched computers, according to tech news and analysis site ZDNet.



Report: University E-Mail Accounts Listed on Dark Web

If you are currently using or previously used an .edu e-mail address, your account name, password and other personal information may be listed online for cyber criminals to buy, according to a report from the Digital Citizens Alliance. The coalition has spent the last several years investigating the dark corners of the internet and has surfaced evidence that cyber criminals are selling thousands of higher ed e-mail accounts online.

House Votes to Repeal Online Privacy Regulations Issued by Obama Administration

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

Indiana U Selects Splunk to Deliver Operational Intelligence Across IT and Security Departments

Indiana University recently implemented the Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Enterprise Security solutions to centralize and monitor its IT and security infrastructure across its network of eight connected campuses.

Federal Online Tool to Help Financial Aid Applicants Shuts Down

The IRS and the Department of Education (ED) confirmed late Thursday that the federal government intentionally shut off an online tool used by millions of students each year to apply for federal student aid.

UC Berkeley to Restrict Access to Course Capture Videos, Audio Lectures

The University of California, Berkeley last week informed its campus community that it would restrict access to its legacy Course Capture (classroom lecture) content from webcast.berkeley.edu, which includes more than 20,000 videos and audio files located on YouTube and iTunesU, as part of its ongoing effort to improve the accessibility of its online content.

Ransomware: To Pay or Not To Pay?

The decision whether or not to cave in to a ransomware attack may be less a philosophical decision and more a cost-benefit analysis.

Americans Distrust Institutions to Protect Data but Follow Lousy Personal Security Practices

Nearly half of Americans (49 percent) said they feel their personal data is less secure than it has been in the past.

‘Rasputin’ Hacker Targets 60 Universities, Government Agencies

More than 60 universities and government agencies in the United States and the United Kingdom have been attacked by a well-known international hacker dubbed “Rasputin."

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