June 2013

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From the Editor - Maureen Scoones

During the past couple of weeks, there has been a rise in the number of successful phishing schemes on campus. We've covered these topics in the past, but the information bears repeating.

Also, as part of Hamilton's Information Security Initiative, ITS, the Committee on Information Technology, and the Information Security Board of Review are working to upgrade the policies, procedures and practices related to protecting confidential and sensitive information contained in our electronic systems. See the "Securing the Human" article below for more information on how you'll learn to protect sensitive information.

If you are looking for a way to organize your photo collection, this month's article by Ryan Coyle details an existing service with a new lease on life.

Stay Cool!

Securing the Human - Maureen Scoones

Security AwarenessITS recently signed up with a service called the SANS Securing the Human. The SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) Institute is the largest source for information security training and security certification in the world.

Over the next several months, all members of the Hamilton Community will be hearing more about this service and everyone will be required to watch a series of videos aimed to raise awareness about the everyday online threats we face.

Phishing: Is This Email Trying to Con Me?
- Ben Thomas

Recently, Hamilton College was the target of a spear-phishing attack which resulted in a number of accounts being compromised. The level of sophistication to which phishing emails has risen highlights how much more difficult it is for recipients to differentiate them from real email. As such, the Help Desk developed a guide to help you identify phishing attempts with a higher degree of success. More...

Phishing & Malware: Mobile Device Edition - Ben Thomas

Malware is malicious software used by hackers to gain access to computers and mobile devices, gathering sensitive data along the way. Malware that plagues mobile devices is a completely different beast than that found on desktop computers. The vast majority of mobile threats use a combination of phishing, user error and fake apps. More...

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My Friend Flickr - Ryan Coyle

Yahoo resurrected the dying horse and made it competitive again! It's summer time, and the living's easy. You're settling in for some fun with the family out on the beach or enjoying some much needed downtime. Perhaps there are some summer weddings or family reunions in your future. Whatever the occasion you'll be sure to take lots of pictures. The question then becomes, what to do with them? More...

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Web Editing Class Schedule - Maureen Scoones

SiteManager classes and working sessions continue to be offered. Whether creating a page for your administrative office, academic department, student organization, or your own professional page, SiteManager, Hamilton's own web editing tool, can be used to create your web presence.

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