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Tech Alert from Iowa State ITS
Mar 22, 2022

ITS Security is Monitoring Reported Okta Security Breach

March 25, 2022, 10:55 a.m. (ITS page updated)

Okta has confirmed that Iowa State accounts were not affected as part of their security compromise. The ITS Security team also reviewed Okta account activity logs and also came to the same conclusion. The team has concluded its investigation into this incident and does not plan to provide any additional updates. 

 

March 23, 2022, 9:40 a.m. (ITS page updated)

Okta posted update on their website.

Nov 04, 2021

Fend off ransomware with cybersecurity common sense

With numerous high-profile cases making recent headlines, ransomware may seem like a new phenomenon. That's only half right. The threats criminals are making are relatively new, but the methods they're using to breach computers are old standbys, the head of ISU's cybersecurity team told the Professional and Scientific Council at its Nov. 3 meeting.

Read the full story on Inside Iowa State

Male technician using a screwdriver to install audiovisual equipment on the wall.
Oct 21, 2021

Sweeping upgrade equips all general classrooms with video

Before the pandemic, only 17 of Iowa State's largest classrooms were outfitted to record and livestream audio and video. As of this fall, all 214 general university classrooms have a video camera system, a rapid adoption of lecture capture technology that's especially useful for hybrid and virtual instruction.

Read the full article on Inside Iowa State.

group of students on Iowa State campus on a summer day
Oct 14, 2021

Give your DOB for a free T-shirt? Be skeptical

The days of a king or queen from a faraway land sending tremendous riches for responding to an email with your bank account number are not as numerous. It's not because scammers have gone away. They are just more sophisticated.

Read the full article on Inside Iowa State.

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Dec 21, 2020

Iowa State University affected by SolarWinds security breach

On December 13, 2020, the IT security team learned that one of Iowa State University’s software vendors, SolarWinds, experienced a security breach. It has been confirmed that Iowa State University was one of the estimated 18,000 customers affected by the SolarWinds security breach.

Dec 01, 2020

Student multifactor authentication campaign achieves 100% activation rate

Information Technology Services (ITS), in partnership with communications colleagues across campus, successfully delivered a robust communications campaign throughout October, encouraging student Cyclones to activate multifactor authentication (MFA). As of November 13, all Iowa State students had been activated.

Aug 26, 2020

New email notification in Outlook to help faculty and staff identify phishing attempts

November 25, 2020 Update 

Jack Trice Stadium with text "15,000 Cyclones are already protecting their data. This is the only peer pressure we endorse. Activate multifactor authentication today at login.iastate.edu."
Aug 14, 2019

ITS Begins Multifactor Authentication Rollout for Students

Iowa State University Information Technology Services (ITS) has entered the second phase of multifactor authentication (MFA) implementation and will begin enrolling students this fall, with a target of having all students registered by the end of spring semester 2020.

Rich Tener
Jul 01, 2019

Information Technology Services Appoints New Director of Information Security

Rich Tener, an Iowa State University alumnus and long-time IT security practitioner, has been named Information Technology Services’ (ITS) new Director of Information Security. 

In his new role, Tener will be responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the information security arm of ITS, supporting university operations, identifying vulnerabilities, protecting against hacking and phishing attempts, and finding ways to keep the campus community’s information safe in the digital environment. 

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Mar 21, 2019

ITS Multifactor Authentication Rollout for Faculty and Staff a Success

As part of an effort that will help protect university information and personal data from security breaches, Iowa State University Information Technology Services (ITS) recently completed a campaign to enroll faculty and staff into its new Okta Multifactor Authentication (MFA) protocol.

Rack of servers in the data center
Mar 04, 2019

Iowa State Data Center Undergoing Network Redesign

As part of Information Technology Services' (ITS) continued efforts to improve customer service and security, Iowa State University’s Data Center will undergo a network redesign over the next three years. The change will better protect user data and more closely align the Data Center with industry best practices.

The modifications to the existing network will provide a formalized automated process, additional security, and the ability to easily add next generation firewall services.

Line chart of phishing attacks from 2011 through 2018
Jan 09, 2019

Iowa State Sees Decline in Compromised Accounts Following Okta Rollout

Less than a year after the implementation of identity and access security platform Okta, the Iowa State University community has experienced a nearly 50 percent decrease in the number of staff and student accounts compromised by phishing, following a seven-year high in 2017.  

Doug Jacobson, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Iowa State University Information Assurance Center
Nov 01, 2018

Six questions with the ISU Information Assurance Center director

When it comes to knowledge about the cybersecurity realm and ways to keep technology safe, you would be hard pressed to find a better resource on Iowa State University’s campus than Doug Jacobson. As a professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of the ISU Information Assurance Center, Jacobson teaches network security and information warfare, and has written a textbook on network security.

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Oct 26, 2018

Extortion Scam Targeting ISU Email Accounts

An email-based extortion scam claiming possession of explicit personal information is circulating around Iowa State, and University account holders are encouraged to strengthen their security measures to prevent being targeted.

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Oct 08, 2018

Several university accounts compromised, used in phishing attack

Several Iowa State University accounts were recently compromised and used to send emails to other members of the university community, asking them to visit various websites where they were prompted to enter Net-IDs and passwords.

The incident that took place throughout last week was a phishing attack, which is an attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames and passwords disguised as trustworthy electronic communication.