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September 25, 2018

To our campus community,

We are implementing some necessary updates to our Wi-Fi network that will require some action on your part. On Oct. 2, 2018 at 7 a.m., the Airbears2 and eduroam wireless networks will be updated with a new certificate. After this update is complete, devices attempting to connect to either wireless network will be presented with a message similar to one of the three examples shown below (message will vary based on the device and operating system you are using):

Example 1: MacOS X 10.13 (MacBook Air)

September 19, 2018

This is a reminder that throughout the UC system, we have a shared responsibility of information security. This can mean everything from daily practices around secure passphrases, encrypting laptops, and setting up CalNet 2-Step, all the way to making sure servers have the latest patches and are behind bSecure firewalls. 

New Policy

August 8, 2018

If you an IT Security professional and want to join a talented and dynamic team, check out our available job openings at: https://security.berkeley.edu/about/job-postings

July 12, 2018

NSF’s new Research Terms and Conditions (effective March 1, 2018) require recipients of NSF funding to protect Personally Identifiable Information within the scope of an NSF award.  Article 35 states:  

July 9, 2018

The Campus Policy for Minimum Security Standards for Electronic Information (MSSEI) [1] requires departments to register computer systems and applications containing restricted data.  Restricted Data is defined as "any confidential or personal information that is protected by law or policy, and that requires the highest level of access control and security protections whether in storage or in transit" [2]  and further refined based on adverse business impact into "High" or Protection Level 2 and "Moderate" or Protection Level 1. [3]

June 12, 2018

In the last few months, our office has received an increasing number of laptop theft reports. These incidents occurred both on and off campus, and in varying circumstances, however, in all the recent cases the laptops involved were not configured for Full Disk Encryption (FDE). In a few of these cases, the laptops were used to access sensitive data as part of campus business processes, and the Security team is concerned about possible data exposure due to lost and stolen devices with access to campus protected data. 

January 19, 2018

 Phishing Leads the IRS List of Tax ScamsThe Internal Revenue Service has reported a big spike in phishing and malware incidents during the 2016 and 2017 tax seasons.

May 3, 2017

To the campus community,

January 24, 2017

As tax season begins, W-2 wage statements have already begun to be made available online this week.  Last year, several convincing phishing messages were crafted by tax scammers and sent to Campus to trick victims into divulging personal information for criminal purposes.

These fraudsters use your stolen credentials and tax documents to commit identity theft, and file a fraudulent tax return with the IRS in order to collect a refund using your identity.

January 20, 2017

Campus printers have received unwanted printouts in recent weeks. Report any unwanted printouts to CSS-IT and Information Security and Policy.

May 17, 2016

The US-CERT (US Computer Emergency Readiness Team) has issued a recent alert concerning ransomware.  Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it.  The alert warns that in early 2016, destructive ransomware variants such as

May 10, 2016

ISP has enabled Google Analytics so that we can better learn how people use our website. As a result, our privacy policy has been updated.

February 8, 2016

As the year's tax deadline approaches, tax scams start ratcheting up, especially by phone.  Some of the most common scams involve con-artists who pretend to be from the IRS and call victims telling them they have to pay right now, or else. 

Don't believe it - the IRS has formal processes in place for people with tax issues and harassing calls like these are not how the IRS does business.  The IRS will NEVER:

June 1, 2015

Effective July 14th, 2015 Microsoft is discontinuing extended support for its Windows Server 2003 operating system. Please read our bulletin to prevent your Windows Server 2003 systems from being blocked on campus networks.

March 1, 2014

Effective April 8, 2014, Microsoft is discontinuing support for its Windows XP operating system. After April 8th of 2014, there will be no security patches for this operating system from Microsoft. All Windows XP machines must be upgraded or removed from the network by April 8th of 2014.