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March 22, 2018

Husky OnNet system upgrade include new Linux-compatible application

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The upgrade to the Husky OnNet system that supports secure connections to the UW network from off-campus resolves several bugs, improves security, paves the way for future features and adds a Linux-compatible application. Husky OnNet is a free virtual private network for current students, faculty, and staff, and the for-fee Husky OnNet-Department (HON-D) service supports…

March 19, 2018

Protect your computer. Download anti-virus software now

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Protect your work and home computers with Sophos anti-virus software, available to students, faculty and staff. Thanks to a licensing agreement between the UW and Sophos, students, faculty and staff can use the anti-virus software on University-owned computers and their personal computers, including PCs, servers and workstations. If your work computer is centrally managed by…

February 28, 2018

New UW network enhancements reduce risk, may impact off-campus users

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New security enhancements will protect your personal and University data from an increasing number of malicious attacks. Starting April 24, 2018, you must use an authorized UW or UW Medicine secure virtual private network (VPN) before accessing UW resources from off-campus through a remote desktop or file-sharing application. Options include the free Husky OnNet service…

February 27, 2018

New service enables units to provide secure, remote access to departmental resources

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Learn more about the new for-fee Husky OnNet – Department (HON-D) service that units can use to provide secure, restricted access to departmental resources on the UW network for their users on- or off-campus. With HON-D, authorized users connect to a designated departmental server with the same application as the Husky OnNet service. Authorized access…

January 26, 2018

Important security enhancements to Workday

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To better protect private information, all employees will be required to use Duo, the University’s two-factor authentication (2FA) solution, when they sign in to Workday, not just when accessing personal information. This move, in line with industry-wide best practices, is an important step in ongoing efforts to help employees safeguard their private information. Not enrolled in Duo?

January 25, 2018

Beware of phishing emails asking for your UW NetID and password to gain access to W-2 information

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Cyber criminals try to steal an employee’s login credentials so that they can download Wage and Tax Statements (Form W-2). They then can use the W-2 information to electronically file a fraudulent federal income tax return in the employee’s name. By changing the bank account number, the cyber criminals receive the refund. Fortunately, your vigilance…

January 16, 2018

Learn more about Meltdown and Spectre, and how to protect your devices

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Find out how to protect your computer and other devices from two major security vulnerabilities, known as Meltdown and Spectre, in a comprehensive risk advisory by the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer. The two security vulnerabilities affect the processing chips in almost every computer made in the last 20 years. Don’t miss…

December 6, 2017

Learn to catch the phish: Protect your information and University data

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Find out how to recognize deceptive emails called phishing. There has been a recent uptick in the number of these scams that try to trick you into providing account names and passwords to gain access to valuable personal and institutional data and resources. Phishing emails often use email links and attachments and try to persuade…

October 25, 2017

New UW Privacy Office website provides privacy principles, policies and resources

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Visit the new website of the recently established UW Privacy Office, where you can learn about the UW’s privacy principles, policies and evolving resources on protecting the privacy and confidentiality of individuals involved in UW’s academic, research, healthcare and business activities. The UW Privacy Office is led by Ann Nagel, the institutional privacy official and…

October 12, 2017

RSVP for Oct. 17 talks on the dark web and digital forensics

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Learn from cybersecurity experts at this special event on Oct. 17 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. in the UW Tower Auditorium. A research scientist at the IT security company, Sophos, will talk about the dark web – a hidden network of websites – and how easily tools for a cyberattack can be acquired there. And…

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