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Updates

Downtime Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18

November 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Downtime Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18

On Saturday, Nov. 18, there will be testing of the fire suppression system and emergency power system. This will require us to power off various parts of the network while those systems are being tested.

All systems will be unavailable during this maintenance period (8 a.m. to noon).

We only expect this outage to last a couple of hours, and then all services should be restored before the end of the day.

If you have any questions about this, please contact the CIS HelpDesk.

Cyber Security Awareness Month: Social Engineering

October 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Cyber Security Awareness Month: Social Engineering

For as long as people have had “stuff,” there have been other people trying to trick them out of that “stuff.”

These days, the “stuff” some people want to trick you out of is your sensitive information. To do that they use social engineering.

Social engineering can take many forms:

  • Someone pretending to be the CEO and insisting you wire money to a bank account.
  • Someone pretending to be technical support and asking you for your password to “fix” your computer.
  • An email sending you to a web page to “verify” your […]

Cyber Security Awareness Month: Personal Devices

October 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Cyber Security Awareness Month: Personal Devices

For many of us, our electronic devices are key parts of our lives. Think of all the personal data on your phone, such as emails, contact lists and social media accounts. Your laptop probably contains even more sensitive information – saved passwords, financial documents and more.

Here are some ways to safeguard your devices:

  • Enable authentication (e.g. PIN, password, passphrase, fingerprint scanner)
  • Create separate accounts or “guest” accounts for others using your computer
  • Don’t access sensitive websites, such as online banking, when using public WiFi
  • Don’t use pirated software or illegally […]

Cyber Security Awareness Month: Ransomware

October 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Cyber Security Awareness Month: Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that locks or scrambles files on an infected device. Payment is demanded in order for you to regain access to your files. However, there is no guarantee you will be able to access your files again. (Note that UIC does not make ransom payments.)

Ransomware often spreads as an email attachment, so be careful when clicking on links and files in emails.

If your system does become infected, it’s important that you have a good backup so you can restore your files. CIS runs […]

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 6th, 2017|Comments Off on October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Week One of Cyber Security Awareness Month focuses on phishing. We’ve all seen phishing emails. They are the top reason people lose control of their data and log-in credentials.

Phishing emails often tell you there is an urgent problem with your account and then link to a page where you’re asked to enter your personal information. Although these emails and log-in screens may look like they are associated with the university, they are not.

For tips on spotting phishing emails, check out our Wavelength newsletter.

If an email seems […]

UICOMP-Guest Wireless Network Changes

August 9th, 2017|Comments Off on UICOMP-Guest Wireless Network Changes

We are writing to inform you that changes are coming to the UICOMP-Guest wireless network. This is targeted for release on Wednesday, August 14, 2017 and will replace University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria’s current unsecured open UICOMP-Guest wireless network. The new system will be designated for guests of the University and will require a username and password to connect to. The username and password can be acquired at the front desk or at the CIS department weekly. We encourage students, faculty and staff to use our secure […]

UICOMP Wi-Fi upgrades

August 9th, 2017|Comments Off on UICOMP Wi-Fi upgrades

We are excited to announce that on Monday, August 14th we will launch the final pieces to the wireless LAN upgrade. Working with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign we designed our WLAN from theirs, using Aruba Networks, a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. This new wireless LAN was designed to support BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to allow current employees and students to connect their personal devices to the UICOMP wireless system. Our first phase was to offer secure coverage across the University’s main […]

New website is live; occasional loading problems occurring

August 1st, 2017|Comments Off on New website is live; occasional loading problems occurring

CIS is aware of problems with the UICOMP website loading slowly or failing to load. Our web-hosting vendor is working on this problem, and we will provide an update/ETA as soon as we receive one. The website is in mid-migration stages, so some problems may occur periodically. Thank you for your patience.

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