Category Archive: Security News

By Ross Madden
April 9, 2018 9:43 am MT
Posted in Apple, General CNSIT, Knowledge Base, Security News, Tips and Tricks, Windows

Beginning April 25th, 2018 the Pulse Secure VPN client we know and love will start utilizing DUO two factor authentication.  This applies you to if you use the Pulse Secure desktop or mobile app to access on campus resources while you are at home or traveling (in short, if you are off campus).  While this […]

By Ross Madden
December 1, 2015 4:08 pm MT
Posted in Apple, General CNSIT, Security News, Windows

UPDATE: DUO 2 Factor Authentication now in place – read here for how this affects the behavior of the Pulse Secure client: https://wp.natsci.colostate.edu/cnsit/pulse-secure-secondary-password-with-2-factor-authentication As if it couldn’t get more confusing, Junos Pulse is now called Pulse Secure.  This upgrade should be applied automatically for existing Junos Pulse users. However, here are the manual installation directions […]

By Ross Madden
September 20, 2013 11:19 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Security News, Windows

As you may be aware, support for Windows XP (and Office 2003) will end on April 8, 2014 (more info here).  This carries significant risks to CSU due to the potential of having a non-supported operating system in the environment and additional risks of which your Microsoft team feels compelled to make you aware, including: […]

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 […]

By CNS IT
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 9, 2012 1:10 pm MT
Posted in Apple, General CNSIT, Security News

UPDATE: Apple Software Update (top left Apple Menu -> Software Update) now has a patch for the Flashback malware – it will appear as something similar to ‘Java for OS X 2012-003’ – Be sure to run software update to protect yourself from this vulnerability! SUBNET MANAGER LIST MESSAGE FROM ACNS BELOW CSU has begun […]

By Ross Madden
May 12, 2010 8:15 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Security News

This morning I upgraded several web server packages on our main departmental web server. There were a few fixes I needed to apply to our main site to get it functioning properly again. If you notice anything strange with the main Biology Web Site, or your personal site as of this morning, please let BioIT […]

By Ross Madden
April 23, 2010 9:35 am MT
Posted in Security News

UPDATE: The information regarding the Cisco VPN in this article is deprecated as the Cisco IPSec VPN client has reached its end of life .  Please use the Secure Gateway instead: http://www.acns.colostate.edu/Connect. I just received this message regarding old VPN clients still in use by some users.  Here is the message – [ACNS has] been […]

By Ross Madden
March 12, 2010 1:47 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Security News, Tips and Tricks, Windows

One little project I have been researching involves installing and monitoring an inexpensive video/image surveillance system in order to secure assets and resources.  This need has arisen due to several thefts that have taken place on campus.  My hope is that having installed this system will prevent any attempt, and if one does occur, I […]

By Ross Madden
January 6, 2010 9:47 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Security News

SSL certificates are the little files installed on a web server that allow a computer to establish secure (SSL) connections for transmitting sensitive data over the Internet.  Web sites that use ‘https’ must use these SSL certificates to create these secure connections from client to server.  In late (very late) 2009 the SSL certificate provider […]

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