Proofpoint Secure Email

secure_emailBy leveraging the Proofpoint appliances we have today, which are responsible for scanning messages for spam and viruses, we are able to provide UMass Lowell users with the ability to send encrypted email whenever necessary.  Proofpoint works seamlessly with our existing email Exchange servers as it encrypts email leaving the University’s private networks and heads out onto the Internet. Continue reading

Making “Digital Spring Cleaning” an Annual Ritual

Last week, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) announced that they are encouraging consumers to put cybersecurity top of mind by urging them to make digital devices an additional target of their spring cleaning activities. Let’s encourage students, faculty, staff, family, and friends to make a thorough “digital spring cleaning” an annual ritual. Internet users can get a fresh start with their online life by keeping all machines clean, purging their online files, enhancing security features and ensuring that their online reputation shines.

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The anatomy of a cyber attack

Click here to watch a video which outlines how a cyber attack occurs.  Although this story is fictitious, the methods are real and commonly used by cyber attackers.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact the IT Service Desk at 978 934 4357 should you have security related questions or concerns.

Yes Virginia, you do need antivirus software for your Mac

If you’re one of those people who think their Mac is absolved from getting viruses, think again.  According to this analysis at Bit9, in 2015 alone researchers have discovered five times the amount of unique OS X malware than in the last five years combined.  Makes perfect sense due to the growth in popularity of Macs in the business and at home.

Information Technology reminds everyone that all users are required to install an antivirus program on their computers, regardless of the computers’ operating systems. IT offers McAfee VirusScan software for free to all UMass Lowell students, faculty, and staff.  Check out the software applications page on the IT website for more information.