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Tech Support Call Scam Leads to Malware & Financial Loss

Posted on: July 27th, 2014 by DAVID DREWREY

This is being redistributed at the request of Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services. The original distribution date was October 30, 2013. Recent occurrences are being reported. The Risk: Malicious actors use call centers to cold call victims in an attempt to gain access to the victim’s computer, install malware, steal personally identifiable information (PII), and […]

Protect Your UM Passwords!

Posted on: April 30th, 2013 by DAVID DREWREY

The University email system has been inundated lately with phishing emails. These take various forms and purport to come from both people and groups you know. This illuminates one key point the IT security awareness presentation emphasizes, that the “From” part of an email message is easily forged by criminals to lead you into believing a message comes from a legitimate source.

Ole Miss vs. Wisconsin on truTV Friday, 11:40 a.m. CT

Posted on: March 20th, 2013 by DAVID DREWREY

Everyone is excited about our re-emergence into NCAA March madness this year!  Game time is set for Friday, March 22 at 12:40 p.m. ET (11:40 a.m. local time) on truTV.  Ole Miss just completed an exciting 66-63 win in the SEC Conference game over Florida, and  Wisconsin is just off a 50-43 loss to Ohio State in […]

Easy-to-Use Data Protection with Hardware Encryption Devices

Posted on: April 13th, 2012 by DAVID DREWREY
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Encryption is a technique to protect data by making it unintelligible to unauthorized users.  Historically, using encryption techniques to protect files has been difficult.  The process frequently requires the assistance of an IT expert. Times have changed.  Over the last few months IT staff members have been testing the latest hardware encryption devices that provide […]

Reliability of Land Line and Convenience of a Cell Phone

Posted on: August 18th, 2011 by DAVID DREWREY

Have you ever wished you could step out of the office for a few minutes, but couldn’t leave for fear of missing an important call?  When you subscribe to and activate the latest UM phone feature, this  is no longer a concern. As part of the effort to keep our phone system up-to-date and offer […]

Cloud Storage and Sensitive Data

Posted on: July 25th, 2011 by DAVID DREWREY

Effective July 1, 2011, Mississippi has a data breach notification law, House Bill 583. This law defines what data is considered to be sensitive (confidential), what constitutes a breach under this law, and the process that must be followed in the event sensitive information is “leaked” in a data breach. In addition to the state […]

Campus Telephone Services and Features

Posted on: February 1st, 2011 by DAVID DREWREY

The University Telephone switch has several features available to enhance office productivity: Automated Directory Assistance – Available 24X7, Dial 8411 from any campus telephone and speak the name of the person or department you would like to reach.  After accepting the entry found, you will be transferred to the number. Voice Mail – Voice Mail […]