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An important update on phishing

May 14, 2018

College campuses across the country, including UNC-Chapel Hill, continue to be high-value targets for phishing campaigns. Access to our digital resources – from research to emails to financial information – is prized by online criminals. For example, phishers often use stolen credentials to receive … Continued

A Message from the CIO on the Expansion of 2-Step

January 25, 2018

Dear Carolina Community, I am writing to inform you of our plans to expand the use of 2-Step Verification on campus in 2018. This continues the work that ITS has already completed to put select digital resources, such as the online W2, VPN and administrative IT applications, behind 2-Step Verification protection. A … Continued

Information Security Office’s jack-of-all-trades is retiring

December 8, 2017

Duo evangelist. Information Security Liaison organizer. Man with the shark hat. Operations team leader. Inaugural-year IT Awards winner. Jack-of-all-trades. Soon, ITS Information Security Specialist Tim Cline will add another description to his name: retiree. Cline retires December 22 after 11 … Continued

Students’ humorous video PSA about phishing wins ITS contest

December 7, 2017

The idea of welcoming a robber into one’s home is obviously absurd, but craft it into a funny 30-second video public service announcement about phishing and you have yourself a winner. A group of UNC-Chapel Hill journalism students did just that to take first place in an ITS cybersecurity contest for the best video PSA for promoting awareness of phishing attempts on campus.

Because I said so? Why policies exist

October 26, 2017

Kim Stahl (MSIS ’97), who works in the ITS Policy Office, provides this guest post for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. She is available to talk about policies, and routinely rewards people who bring her policy issues to address. Contact … Continued

How to create safe and easy passwords and keep track of them

October 12, 2017

In a guest post for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Charlie Mewshaw, IT Security Specialist with the Information Security Office, answers often-posed questions about passwords, including what constitutes a secure password, why password policies are the way they are, and … Continued

Privacy, security and risk assessments: where it all comes together

October 5, 2017

In a guest post for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Chief Privacy Officer Micki Jernigan explains the purpose and intricacies of privacy reviews and security risk assessments. Privacy reviews and security risk assessments are intended to protect: individuals’ information (students, … Continued

2-Step Verification Requirement Coming for VPN

August 9, 2017

Beginning on September 18, 2-Step Verification will be required to access campus VPN. 2-Step helps to keep your account and the entire campus community secure.  2-Step Benefits The main benefit of activating 2-Step Verification is a significant increase in protection of your account from … Continued

2-Step Verification launching on October 5

September 22, 2016

On October 5, UNC-Chapel Hill will implement 2-Step Verification, a process designed to secure and safeguard personal information and vital University data and credentials. At a time when phishing scams are becoming ever more frequent on our campus, this enhancement … Continued

Alert Carolina system improved

July 5, 2016

In late June, UNC-Chapel Hill Information Technology Services, Campus Safety & Risk Management, and Communications and Public Affairs implemented significant enhancements that streamlined and automated more of the Alert Carolina Emergency Notification System. Improvements enable faster activation With a project … Continued

“Creepy” video PSA wins ITS’ cyber security contest

November 13, 2015

Creepy took the prize. In a contest promoting cyber security, UNC-Chapel Hill Information Technology Services has awarded the top prize to four University seniors who created a creepy video that warns against using geotags in social media. ITS created the … Continued