Welcome to the Network Security website at the IAS

This website is intended to bring you the latest news, how to's, tools and resources in Information Security.  Security Awareness of our Faculty, Members and Staff is key in creating a safer computing environment.

The three major Principles of Information Security, Availability, Integrity and Confidentiality, will be covered throughout the security awareness program at the Institute.  For a description of these principles, please see our About section.

In keeping with the spirit of the Institute, I encourage questions and open discussions about security.  And if you discover anything out of the ordinary, please feel free to bring it to my attention so that we can work together to create a more productive, safer environment.

Thanks,
Brian Epstein <security@ias.edu>


Instagram, twitter and geolocation, do you know what you are sharing?

Comedian Jack Vale did a great video on the dangers of sharing information on Instagram and Twitter in the funny, but sobering video.  Independent security analyst Graham Cluley did a great review of the video and how it affects users.

http://grahamcluley.com/2013/11/instagram-twitter-location-privacy/

Please inform your social circle and keep yourself safe.

Ransomware 2013, holding your data hostage

Cryptolocker is a new piece of malicious software that has started circling the globe in the last half of 2013.  Deemed "rasomware" by security professionals, Cryptolocker encrypts your files and demands payment to receive the key to decrypt them.  The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) drafted a briefing about this software, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are infected.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA13-309A

Adobe login credential theft

At the beginning of October, Adobe notified its customers of the theft of about 2.9 million account credentials.

http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2013/10/important-customer-security...

To reset your Adobe password, you can visit the following site.

https://www.adobe.com/account/sign-in.adobedotcom.html?passwordReset=true

Security Awareness on Social Media

http://www.educause.edu/blogs/lspitzner/security-awareness-social-media

Lance Spitzner from SANS is writing about Security Awareness on Social Media this month.  This blog entry specifically reviews privacy and social media, two polar opposites in today's world of online media.  It also reviews how to spot potential scams and finally, why to keep work and your personal life separate when posting online.

This is a great read to start off CyberSecurity Awareness Month.

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