The RIAA and File-sharing
Like most campuses nationwide, Brown experienced a surge of copyright violation notices from the Recording Industry Association of America in late April. This did not signal, however, a comparable increase in the actual infringement taking place on the campus networks.
According to Mark Luker, Vice President of EDUCAUSE, this spike was due "not to an increase in infringing activity on campus networks, but simply to changes in the mechanism used to detect and report the presence of files in shared folders." « more...»
Inside IT Security: Steve Hasson
Steve Hasson joined CIS in March as its Lead IT Security Engineer. Steve is part of the newly-formed IT Security team, which will be led by the incoming Chief Information Security Officer (search in process), and includes Bob Fletcher, IT Security Engineer, and Pat Falcon, IT Security Policy and Communication Coordinator. « more...»
Laptop Loss = Security Breach?
A stolen computer can mean much more than a personal loss of the hardware and data stored on it. If that computer held your unencrypted personally identifiable information (PII), you could be at risk for identity theft. And if it had held information about others, you may have legal obligations to report that loss in a timely manner. « more... »
Protecting Brown Information Training Now Online
Over 1,000 individuals have taken the "Protecting Brown Information" class to learn what constitutes “Brown Confidential Information”; where, when and how it's at risk; and what need to be done to mitigate that risk. Are you one of them?
Classes are generally held once or twice a month (sign up at the Training.brown.edu site) but are now available online for those unable to attend in person. Contact ISG@brown.edu to request access to the materials.
The recent issue of the SANS Institute's security newsletter OUCH! carried the following quiz. How do you fare? Answers at the links.
1. There is a higher incidence of identity fraud today than in past years. True or False?
2. There are more victims of identity theft and fraud today than there have ever been before. True or False?
3. Identity fraudsters are stealing record amounts of money from their victims. True or False?
4. Most identity theft and fraud occurs online. True or False?
5. Valid credit cards are an identity thief's primary target. True or False?
Republished with permission from OUCH! SANS Institute Security Newsletter for Computer Users, v5 #3, March 2008.