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Protecting UB networks and devices in an era of increasingly complex cyber threats requires a multi-layered approach. The methods of identifying cyber threats have drastically improved over the years, and that’s evident at UB. 
Four separate messages were sent targeting the UB community. Anyone who received these emails should delete them immediately—do not click any links or open any attachments.
Learning how to steer clear of cyber threats is more important than ever. 
Before you connect to Wi-Fi, take a moment to think about which network you’re connecting to. 
If you’ve ever had one of your accounts hacked, you know the horrible sinking feeling of realizing that what you once thought of as your private property—from emails and photos to credit cards and bank accounts—is no longer under your control.
Increasingly common online scams involving fake job offers are targeting UB students, putting them in financial and legal risk.
In June 2017, Cisco alerted customers of a vulnerability in their AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client VPN software for Windows, which could result in local cyberattacks. Download and install the latest version from the UBIT website to stay safe.
Running Samba on your computer? Upgrade immediately to prevent a critical defect from compromising your system.
On May 15, 2017, UBIT was notified by the FBI’s Buffalo Office for the Private Sector of a vast ransomware campaign called WannaCry targeting organizations in as many as 99 different countries.

A new web-based system combines technology, research and predictive analytics to identify and prioritize students who are struggling, in order to help them get on track and Finish in Four.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning about a phishing scheme in which scam artists are requesting W-2 information from payroll and human resources employees by representing themselves as university presidents.
According to a recent SUNY survey, UB's digital information is more secure than it’s ever been before.
If you like to cover your digital tracks using the Tor proxy service, you should know that a new vulnerability can reveal significant information about your browsing habits.
UB is ending the second and final phase of its 2016 university-wide security assessments, designed to protect sensitive information provided by students and faculty from security breaches.
Have you recently received an email with a job offer in your account? Unless you previously reached out to the company, the offer is likely fake.

It’s convenient, environmentally responsible and even saves UB money. But when it comes to keeping your personally identifiable information secure, you may have some concerns using NYS Payroll Online.

If you’re wondering how you can keep your devices and personal information safe while online, look no further than UBIT's new Safe Computing section.  
Even after installing the best security software on your computer, sometimes your own actions can open your system to potential threats—from viruses and data loss to the access of personal information by malicious individuals. Here are six rules of thumb you should apply to stay safe online.

If you have an iPhone, Apple recommends that you upgrade to iOS 9.3.5 as soon as possible. With previous versions of iOS, there are multiple zero-day vulnerabilities that can allow someone to take control of your device’s camera or microphone.


UB is comprised of many departments operating in unique ways. But there is a common goal across every department: keeping information secure. To accomplish this, UB’s Information Security Office now provides an on-demand scanning tool to assist each school or department understand its potential vulnerabilities.  


Remember when you were a child and you were told "don’t talk to strangers" in order to keep you safe? With over 3 billion people using the Internet worldwide, there are quite a number of "strangers" out there just waiting to steal your personal information.  


On April 14, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in UB’s Center for the Arts, UB’s Information Security Office will be participating in UB Wellfest, an annual event on wellness and healthy living, to raise awareness on Internet security. Members of the UB community are invited to join Senior Information Security Analyst Dr. Catherine J. Ullman to learn about staying safe online and protecting personal information.  


Passwords are designed to protect your personal information, but sometimes passwords get stolen. Simply changing your password regularly can minimize the damage.   


If you get caught downloading illegal files on UB’s networks, chances are you’ll be enrolled in UB’s Copyright Infringement Avoidance course. But it isn’t a punishment…it’s a way to avoid a hefty fine, and better understand the more confusing points of copyright law in the U.S.   


UB’s Information Security Office is hosting two events and four online quizzes to educate the campus during October National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Not only can you learn how to stay safer online, you could also win some great prizes.   


You can install the best security software on your computer, but once you open an infected email attachment or click on a malicious link, there’s still a great chance you’ve allowed someone else into your system. Here are six basic rules of thumb you should apply to stay safe.


When it comes to identity theft, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Start protecting your personal information today by downloading, then installing Identity Finder for free from the UBIT website. 


Cyber-attacks and data breaches are evolving at an alarming rate. As a result, cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing emerging careers in the industry. Thanks to the GenCyber Camp, held at UB from July 6-10, 2015, a group of middle and high school students were given a chance to prepare for this exciting career path.   

On June 2, 2015, UB faculty and staff are invited to join UBIT Security Analyst Dr. Catherine J. Ullman in 280 Park Hall from 12-1 p.m. to learn about protecting personal information online.
UB is celebrating Bring Your Kids to Work Day on Monday, April 27, 2015, and the festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. with breakfast and a keynote address on how children (and their parents) can stay safe online.
The email certainly appears official: It comes from an address. There’s even a University at Buffalo copyright at the end. And the message hits us where we live — right in our email accounts.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and part of the emphasis is on practical ways to stay safe.
Everybody knows somebody. That person. The one who got caught illegally sharing files on UB’s networks.
Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month by locking down your personal information.