Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure (National Cyber Security Awareness Month – NCSAM)

October 28th, 2013 | In Features, IT Security, News

The Internet impacts our daily life, even when we’re not directly using it. The Internet underlies our educational systems, financial transactions, transportation systems, electrical grid, emergency response systems, and nearly every facet of the essential services we use every day. The final week of NCSAM highlights the need to take every step necessary to protect our critical infrastructure.

No individual, business, or government entity is solely responsible for securing the Internet. Everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use. Individual actions have a collective impact and when we use the Internet safely, we make it more secure for everyone. If each of us does our part implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating the next generation, training one another together we will be a digital society safer and more resistant from attacks and more resilient should one occur.

The final week of NCSAM closes with a simple message everyone using the Internet can adopt: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take security and safety precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors online, and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

Cyber Education and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders

October 21st, 2013 | In Features, IT Security, News

Week four of NCSAM focuses on Cyber Education and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders.

In order to be secure, we need individuals who can use the Internet safely, securely, ethically, and productively and to build a workforce of cybersecurity professionals to defend our networking infrastructure. We can be successful if we teach everyone the essentials and reach the next generation of cyber leaders at an earlier age.

In keeping with the theme of Cyber Education, UNC’s Information Security Office (ISO), a division of Information Technology Services (ITS), will host a Cyber Security Town Hall style meeting from 2:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. in the Global Fedex Building, Auditorium 1015, on Thursday, October 24.

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Being Mobile: Online Safety & Security (National Cyber Security Awareness Month – NCSAM)

October 8th, 2013 | In Features, News

At UNC-CH and at home, we now take the convenience and productivity of the Internet everywhere we go. We work untethered from a physical location, stay connected as we travel and use portable devices to study, shop, bank, and manage our daily lives from anywhere.

Week two of NCSAM highlights the need to maintain a focus on safety and security wherever and whenever we use the Internet, whether on campus or elsewhere.

Keep a Clean Machine

  • Check your mobile devices to be sure security protections are built in and all software is updated on a regular basis.
  • Keep security software current: having the latest mobile security software, web browsers, and operating systems are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices all need protection from viruses and malware.

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University celebrates cyber security month

September 30th, 2013 | In Features, News

October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.ncsam10_bnr1

Carolina’s Information Security Office, part of Information Technology Services, is joining with other universities to help promote NCSAM and will feature a different topic in cyber security each week in October. The topics range from sharing safety tips about securing mobile devices to avoiding being a victim of identity theft.

The Information Security Office will promote NCSAM through mailings to faculty, staff and students, events in the Pit, a Cyber Security Town Hall meeting and a student competition to see who can develop the best public service video based on the motto “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” The student who submits the best video will be awarded a prize.

Visit security.unc.edu throughout October for details.

ResNet Wireless Upgrade

August 13th, 2013 | In Features, Projects and Initiatives

ITS and UNC Housing and Residential Education are joining forces and resources, with the assistance of one-time funding support from within the University, and engagement of the Residence Hall Association, for the purpose of providing pervasive wi-fi/wireless coverage within all on-campus University residence halls.

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Neutral Hosting/Distributed Antenna System (DAS)

August 6th, 2013 | In Features, Projects and Initiatives

The Neutral Hosting/DAS initiative is a multi-year project, funded by the DAS licensees (“consortium”), to provide reliable outdoor and indoor cellular coverage and capacity across the UNC campus.  This unique approach provides a common (shared) transport infrastructure for all cellular carriers in addition to providing enhanced in-building coverage for UNC Public Safety’s two-way radio system.  Due to the complexity of system design, construction coordination and approval requirements, the DAS is being deployed in three phases over the next few years.

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Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

August 6th, 2013 | In Features, Projects and Initiatives

Over the course of the next two years, Information Technology Services Communication Technologies is replacing the legacy AT&T Centrex phone service with a new, hosted, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system from Verizon Business – Verizon Business Hosted IP Centrex (HIPC).  In addition to realizing cost savings for the University, this new technology brings new phones and the capability to move phones without direct coordination with an outside vendor.

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Enhancing Campus Wi-Fi Security

July 24th, 2013 | In Features, Projects and Initiatives

Two initiatives are conducted across campus to improve the security for campus wi-fi/wireless connections – one dealing with encryption, the other with authentication.

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Classroom Wi-Fi Initiative

July 23rd, 2013 | In Features, Projects and Initiatives

During this past spring and summer, ITS Comm Tech and Teaching and Learning undertook an initiative to install pervasive wi-fi coverage in all General Purpose Classrooms on campus. The IT representatives of the professional schools were also asked for their top priorities for classroom wireless and coverage was added in many of those areas as well.  Over 230 new wireless access points were installed to make this happen.

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