Matt Martin, Information Assurance (IA)

Matt Martin, Information Assurance (IA)

Contact Matt at mattmart@umich.edu.

Beware of tech support scams

Have you ever seen a pop-up on your computer or received an unsolicited call urging you to contact “tech support?” Scammers sometimes impersonate IT support staff and claim something is wrong with your computer. They offer to help fix the problem—for a fee—but instead may steal your personal information or infect your computer with malicious software. This can… Read More »

Tips for traveling safely with technology

Whether you are planning a vacation or professional trip, you will likely take along some combination of a smartphone, tablet, laptop, and other mobile devices. Follow these tips to safeguard both your own and the university’s data. Before you travel If you don’t need it, don’t travel with it. Plan which Duo options you will use and enroll… Read More »

Secure your home wireless network

Be smart and secure your home network so that only those you allow can access it. This protects your privacy and networked devices. There are two basic steps to securing your home network: 1. Update all your Internet-enabled devices with the latest operating systems, web browsers, and security software. This includes any devices that access your wireless network.… Read More »

Reminder: Secure your devices if you use them for U-M work

If you use your personal devices—smartphone, laptop, tablet, and so on—for work, you are responsible for appropriately managing and securing them, as well as for meeting the obligations described in Security of Personally Owned Devices that Access or Maintain Sensitive Institutional Data (SPG 601.33). Your unit may have additional restrictions beyond those found in the SPG. Check with… Read More »

Students show security know-how and win prizes

For the past 14 years, Information Assurance (IA) has engaged UM-Ann Arbor students, including medical students, with an online quiz designed to raise awareness about IT security issues and promote good IT security practices. This year’s quiz resulted in the second highest completion rate yet! From October 29 through November 2 a total of 7281 students participated. This… Read More »

Duo expansion: New app and resources support two-factor for Weblogin

Getting questions about U-M’s move to two-factor for Weblogin for faculty and staff? New and updated materials are available that you can refer people to. The online and print materials are intended to help you prepare for January 23, 2019, when two-factor for Weblogin will be turned on for all faculty, staff, student employees, and sponsored affiliates of… Read More »

Keep your personal software up-to-date

We all should be in the habit of keeping our software up-to-date. This is necessary because vendors and others regularly identify security vulnerabilities in software and apps, and then release updates and patches to fix them. Additionally, keeping your software current enables you to take advantage of other improvements, such as better performance or new functionality. Personal computers… Read More »

Turn on two-factor for your personal accounts

Many popular services and websites offer two-factor authentication. Information Assurance (IA) encourages you to turn it on whenever it’s available to protect your personal accounts. Duo may be an option If you already use the Duo Mobile app for two-factor at U-M, you might be able to use it with your personal, non-university accounts. If a service’s instructions… Read More »

New prompt starting to collect UMICH account recovery info

If you ever forget your UMICH (Level-1) password, you can efficiently recover your account access as long as you have already completed some simple, advance setup. ITS has long offered a self-service account recovery option, but many users were unaware of the advance setup requirement until it was too late. To address this gap, ITS is adding a… Read More »

Use Duo when traveling

Don’t let travel plans interrupt the protections provided by Duo. Duo offers multiple options to help you complete two-factor authentication when traveling. You may be able to use your regular Duo two-factor option, or you may need to use an alternative, depending on your travel plans. The recommended travel option is the Duo Mobile app on a smartphone… Read More »

Register today to attend SUMIT October 25

Mark your calendars for SUMIT_2018, U-M’s 14th annual cyber security conference on Thursday, October 25. Learn more and register today! Security at University of Michigan IT (SUMIT) is the university’s flagship event for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Held at Rackham Auditorium, SUMIT is an exciting opportunity to hear recognized experts discuss the latest issues, trends, and threats in… Read More »

Beware of ransomware. And don’t pay the ransom!

Ransomware is malicious software that can infect and encrypt files on your computers and other devices, preventing you from accessing them. Criminals use it to threaten victims with loss of their data unless they pay ransom in return for a “key” to unlock their folders, files, and devices. Ransomware typically gets on devices when people open infected email… Read More »

Protect your UMICH account with two-factor

You can add protection for additional U-M systems, and for your personal information in Wolverine Access Employee Self-Service, by turning on two-factor for Weblogin. Two-factor provides additional security in case your UMICH (Level-1) password is stolen. The U-M Information Assurance team strongly recommends that you turn on two-factor to better protect your UMICH account and U-M systems and… Read More »

Beware of tech support scams

 Have you ever seen a pop-up on your computer or received an unsolicited call urging you to contact “tech support?” Scammers sometimes impersonate IT support staff and claim something is wrong with your computer. They offer to help fix the problem—for a fee—but instead may steal your personal information or infect your computer with malicious software. This… Read More »

Tips for traveling safely with technology

Whether you are planning a vacation or professional trip, you will likely take along a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other mobile device. Follow these tips to safeguard both your own and the university’s data. Before you travel Consider taking a device you only use for travel. Securely back up data stored on your device(s) or media. Prepare for… Read More »

Need to two-factor while traveling?

Are you going on a trip where you’ll need to use two-factor authentication (Duo)? Duo offers multiple options to meet your needs when traveling. You may be able to use your regular Duo two-factor option or need an alternative method depending on your travel destination. If you haven’t yet turned on two-factor for Weblogin to protect your personal… Read More »