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2009 News & Alerts Archive


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SANS Webcast: Security for Windows 7
(Posted November 18, 2009)

The ISO sponsored a SANS Webcast on November 24, 2009, entitled "Security for Windows 7" at the end of the Departmental Computing Forum (DCF) monthly meeting. The Webcast conducted was by Jason Fossen, the sole author of the SANS institute's week-long Securing Windows Course (SEC505).

For information on the Webcast, see SANS Webcast: Security for Windows 7.

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Security Alert - Critical Micosoft October Security Update For Windows Users
(Posted October 19, 2009)

Windows computers running Microsoft Windows may be vulnerable to exploits. This vulnerability may allow an unauthorized attacker to take complete control of an affected system that is connected to a network without any end user action.PLEASE UPDATE AND REBOOT ASAP.

For What You Need To Do, see Security Alert - Critical Microsoft October Security Update For Windows Users.

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Security Alert - Adobe Reader and Acrobat Security Update
(Posted October 19, 2009)

Windows, Mac and Linux users running Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.1.3 and older are vulnerable to exploits. Without security update, an unauthorized attacker may take complete control of an affected system by convincing the user to open a maliciously crafted PDF file.

For What You Need To Do, see Security Alert - Adobe Reader and Acrobat Security Update.

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Results of Identity Theft Study
(Posted April 10, 2009)

Last Fall the Carnegie Mellon Information Security Office and the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory conducted a study to help us learn how to better protect the Carnegie Mellon community from identity theft.

For more information , view the presentation on Results of Identity Theft Study.

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Security Alert: Adobe Reader & Acrobat Unpatched Vulnerability – Attacks Underway
(Posted February 26, 2009)

Windows, Mac, and Linux users running Adobe Reader or Acrobat are vulnerable to exploits. An unauthorized attacker may take complete control of an affected system by convincing the user to open a maliciously crafted Portable Document Format (PDF) file.

For What You Need to Do,until a patch is released and applied , see Security Alert: Adobe Reader & Acrobat Unpatched Vulnerability – Attacks Underway.

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Security Alert: Virus Emails - You've received A Hallmark E-Card and You have got a new E-Card from your friend
(Posted February 25, 2009)

Virus emails from "e-cards@hallmark.com or e-cards@americangreetings.com" asking you to open a postcard.zip or similar attachment. PLEASE DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT!

For What You Need to Do, see Security Alert: Virus Emails - You've received A Hallmark E-Card and You have got a new E-Card from your friend.

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Welcome Back Faculty and Staff
(Posted January 20, 2009)

Welcome back and Happy New Year! The ISO would like to extend its appreciation to all faculty and staff members who participated in the Identity Theft study.

In order to begin the 2009 spring semester with minimal disruption to your network connectivity while keeping your assets and data protected, Carnegie Mellon University and the Information Security Office would like to remind you of the following safety tips at Welcome Back Faculty and Staff.


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Welcome Back Students
(Posted January 20, 2009)

Welcome back and Happy New Year! In order to begin the 2009 spring semester with minimal disruption to your network connectivity while keeping your assets and data protected, Carnegie Mellon University and the Information Security Office would like to remind you of the following safety tips at Welcome Back Students


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Results of Identity Theft Study
(Posted March 31, 2009)

Last Fall the Carnegie Mellon Information Security Office and the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory conducted a study to help us learn how to better protect the Carnegie Mellon community from identity theft.

All Carnegie Mellon community members are invited to join us on April 10, 1:00 - 2:00 pm for a presentation and discussion of the results of this study

For more information , see Results of Identity Theft Study.

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New Information Security Policy Approved
(Posted January 18, 2009)

In December, the President's Council approved a new University-wide Information Security Policy. This new policy lays a foundation for protecting all institutional data, replacing the Data and Computer Security Policy that has been in effect since 1990.

For information on the new policy and how it will effect business units and colleges, please visit Information Security Policy.

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