Category Archive: Security

By Ross Madden
June 15, 2015 3:21 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Security

Very recently, CSU has decided not to continue using Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) as its preferred anti-virus software.  Our license for this software will expire at the end of June 2015.  At some point after that date, SEP clients will stop receiving updated virus definitions.  As such, we are in the process of migrating to […]

By Ross Madden
March 19, 2013 11:24 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Security

As you have probably heard, ACNS is updating the eID password Policy, starting April 1st.  This change will not affect everyone at once, but beginning in April, all new password reset messages you conduct will require the following rules to be applied: Passwords must be between 15 and 30 characters long. Passwords must include at […]

By Ross Madden
January 16, 2013 10:33 am MT
Posted in Internet & Networking, Security, Security News

Most of us are aware of this by now, but I received the following, very well written explanation of the problem and steps to take at this point.  As before, when I get these, and feel they should be given a wider audience, I will repost for the CNSIT community. “As everyone is probably painfully […]

December 18, 2012 4:17 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Knowledge Base, Security, Security News

Rootkit Viruses are stealthy viruses that can cause great damage to your operating system and even to your hardware if they are in the “firmware rootkit” class. Several classes of rootkit viruses exist: persistent, memory-based, user-mode, kernel-mode and firmware driven. Installation of these rootkit viruses are automated and can evade many anti-virus programs. Removal of […]

By Ross Madden
April 24, 2012 9:08 am MT
Posted in Knowledge Base, Security, Windows

Adobe ARM is the Adobe Reader Manager.  ARM is the update manager for Adobe Reader that automatically opens on Windows start-up. This program notifies you of updates and downloads to keep you software up to date.  It is not uncommon for this process to trigger a Symantec Tamper Protection Alert similar to the following: Currently, […]

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April 23, 2012 9:54 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Internet & Networking, Knowledge Base, Pangea, Security

There is a secure gateway into the colostate university’s network. This gateway is taking the place of the CSU VPN which is scheduled to retire this summer. The attached powerpoint presentation Secure Colostate Netconnect gives step by step instructions on how to connect to PDF Version PowerPoint Version ACNS also has a help page […]

By Ross Madden
September 27, 2010 8:48 am MT
Posted in General Computing, Knowledge Base, Security, Software

The new Office 2010 product suite for Windows boasts some new and occasionally frustrating security default settings.  In our environment, where we are working off of lab network drives and Pangea on a daily basis, one particular setting is that of ‘Trusted Documents’ located in the Trust Center.  The default behavior is to ask the […]

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