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The active alerts on campus are as follows:

On Wednesday, November 27th from 7:30 am – 8:00 am we will be performing maintenance to the wireless network.  During this time the UCCS-Wireless network will be offline and unavailable.

 

The wireless network will be fully functional and operational by 8:00 am.  All laptops and mobile devices will automatically reconnect to the wireless network once it is brought back online and you will not need to make any changes.

 

Brain.uccs.edu will be unavailable this evening (11/18/2013) from 11:00 pm until 11:30 pm, for planned server maintenance.  During this time the following services will be unavailable:

  • Serena (only posting updates and changes to websites)
  • SSH Shell Access
  • SCP
  • SFTP
  • FTP

11-20-13 12:00 pm

The fiber optic repair has been completed and the Rec Center is now back on is primary connection.  All network related services such as phones, Internet, one-card and television have been restored.

11-18-13 11:00 AM

Phone and Internet service to the Rec Center has been restored through a temporary connection until repairs and be made on the main connection.

11-18-13 10:00 AM

The fiber optic cable running to the Rec Center has been cut, we are working as quickly as possible to create a temporary connection to the Rec Center.  Our goal is to have temporary connections setup within the next 2 hours.

 

During this time you will be unable to reach employees located in the Rec Center via phone or email.  We will keep you posted as we make progress in setting up the temporary connection.

Dear UCCS Students, Faculty and Staff,

We have just been notified that our primary Internet connection will be down starting Friday at 6:00PM until Monday November 18 at 8:00AM.

We will be running on a backup link which has reduced bandwidth and so you may notice slowness while accessing Internet sites or university resources such as the myUCCS portal.

Our primary connection should be available by 8:00 a.m. Monday morning.
Please do not use internet bandwidth tests during this outage.  These tests download and upload large amounts of data and will consume any available bandwidth.

For the latest status on IT systems please visit www.uccs.info.

We apologize for the late notice.

Thank you,

UCCS IT Help Desk
www.uccs.edu/helpdesk
719-255-3536
helpdesk@uccs.edu

Java Update for all UCCS Windows Computers

Posted on November 1st, 2013 by Help Desk

Dear Faculty and Staff,

 

This is in follow up to Greg Williams email regarding the Java Vulnerability Alert.  We have now developed a way to push the latest version of Java to all UCCS Windows computers.  To ensure that you and your departments data is protected, we will be deploying this update on Monday morning.  This will delay startup times, so please allow extra time to login and be patient while the update installs.

 

What to expect on Monday morning:

  • The update will install when you turn your computer on
  • A status window will appear informing you the update is being installed
  • It may take up to 10 minutes before you will be able to enter your username and password
  • Your computer may automatically reboot after the install is completed

 

What if this doesn’t happen to my computer?

  • Your computer may already be updated to the latest version
  • It may take some time for the update to reach every computer, this update may not install on your computer until Tuesday morning.
  • You can always manually check to see if you are on the latest version.  Please see this link for instructions:  http://www.uccs.edu/itsecure/campus-and-general-resources/java.html

 

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns.

 

UCCS IT Help Desk

helpdesk@uccs.edu

719-255-3536

www.uccs.edu/helpdesk

 

 

 

—–Original Message—–

From: staff-l@lists.uccs.edu [mailto:staff-l@lists.uccs.edu] On Behalf Of Greg Williams
Sent: October 31, 2013 12:32 PM
To: staff-l
Subject: [staff-l] Important Java Vulnerability and Virus(Malware) Alert

 

Dear Faculty and Staff, we need your help to ensure your computer is updated and protected.

 

A new computer virus (Malware) is circulating with potentially devastating impact to you and your departments files.  UCCS IT, as well as, IT departments across the globe are extremely concerned about its potential impact; the level of data loss and destruction is something we have not seen in quite some time.  If your computer becomes infected, this virus will destroy all of your files on your computer, and potentially files stored on your Z: drive (Enterprise) and Department Shares on Columbia.  The most recent concerning virus is called Cryptolocker.  For more information on this particular virus: http://www.uccs.edu/itsecure/virus-and-malware/emerging-malware.html

 

What you need to do immediately:

  • Update your work computer and your personal computers at home.  A software program called “Java” needs to be updated to the latest version (Java 7 Update 45) immediately and old versions need to be removed, every Windows computer on campus has this software installed and chances are your home computer does as well.
  • The following web page will help you identify what version of Java you are on and how to update it. http://www.uccs.edu/itsecure/campus-and-general-resources/java.html If you need any assistance with update or removal process please contact the Help Desk at 719-255-3536.
  • We are currently working on a plan to automatically remove older versions of Java in the coming days, however, this will take some time to build and test, you can manually update your computers today.

 

While the latest malware only infects Windows computers, Mac’s are not immune to viruses.  It is important to make sure you are keeping your operating system and your applications up to date so that you do not fall victim to any malware.

 

 

Greg Williams
IT Security Manager/Security Principal

Department of Information Technology
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Phone: 719-255-3211
Website: http://www.uccs.edu/itsecure
greg.williams@uccs.edu

 

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Three common hazardous email scams to watch out for:
1) unfamiliar transaction report from a familiar business including the Information Technology Department

2) attachment with no explanation in message body
3) “phishing” for your email password

 

To help identify real UCCS or CU pages: http://www.uccs.edu/itsecure/campus-and-general-resources/how-to-identify-a-real-uccs-login-page.html

 

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From: staff-l@lists.uccs.edu [mailto:staff-l@lists.uccs.edu] On Behalf Of Greg Williams
Sent: October 31, 2013 12:32 PM
To: staff-l
Subject: [staff-l] Important Java Vulnerability and Virus(Malware) Alert

 

Dear Faculty and Staff, we need your help to ensure your computer is updated and protected.

 

A new computer virus (Malware) is circulating with potentially devastating impact to you and your departments files.  UCCS IT, as well as, IT departments across the globe are extremely concerned about its potential impact; the level of data loss and destruction is something we have not seen in quite some time.  If your computer becomes infected, this virus will destroy all of your files on your computer, and potentially files stored on your Z: drive (Enterprise) and Department Shares on Columbia.  The most recent concerning virus is called Cryptolocker.  For more information on this particular virus: http://www.uccs.edu/itsecure/virus-and-malware/emerging-malware.html

 

What you need to do immediately:

  • Update your work computer and your personal computers at home.  A software program called “Java” needs to be updated to the latest version (Java 7 Update 45) immediately and old versions need to be removed, every Windows computer on campus has this software installed and chances are your home computer does as well.
  • The following web page will help you identify what version of Java you are on and how to update it. http://www.uccs.edu/itsecure/campus-and-general-resources/java.html If you need any assistance with update or removal process please contact the Help Desk at 719-255-3536.
  • We are currently working on a plan to automatically remove older versions of Java in the coming days, however, this will take some time to build and test, you can manually update your computers today.

 

While the latest malware only infects Windows computers, Mac’s are not immune to viruses.  It is important to make sure you are keeping your operating system and your applications up to date so that you do not fall victim to any malware.

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