Announcements

10 Dec, '14—9:01 am

In the coming weeks, CIS will start notifying individuals who need to update their Brown passwords. This is to ensure all Brown accounts meet the new, stricter password requirements.

We realize these emails will look a lot like phishing attempts (email scams). You should always be wary of emails asking you to click a link and enter personal information or passwords. In this case, we will be asking you to visit the website myaccount.brown.edu. We'd rather not send this as a link, but most email programs and phones will automatically display it as a link. You can get to MyAccount by typing the address into your browser’s address bar, or by navigating to MyAccount from the A to Z list on the Brown homepage.

Please continue to be suspicious of emails, even if they appear to come from a Brown email address. You can view all known phishing attempts sent to Brown accounts at http://brown.edu/go/phishbowl.

More information about this change can be found in our Password Change FAQ.

16 Dec, '14—12:53 pm

ISG invites you to a month-long focus on privacy, beginning on January 28 with the screening of The Human Face of Big Data. Other events include the Brown Bag The Evolution of Privacy & Why It Matters to You, and a showing of the documentary Rise of the Hackers. Complete details can be found at brown.edu/go/dataprivacy.

  • 01/28 @ Noon | Film: "The Human Face of Big Data" | Salomon 001
  • 02/05 @ Noon | Brown Bag: "The Evolution of Privacy & Why It Matters to You" | CIT 201 (ETC)
  • 02/09 @ 6:30 PM | Film: "Rise of the Hackers" | BERT 130
  • 02/13 @ Noon | Film: "The Human Face of Big Data" | 70 Ship, Rm 107
  • 02/26 @ Noon | Brown Bag: "The Evolution of Privacy & Why It Matters to You" | 70 Ship, Rm 107
9 Dec, '14—3:47 pm

Earlier this week, Residential Life and CIS announced an improved IPTV service for residential undergraduates starting January 5th. Here are some of the exciting features:

  • Works wirelessly anywhere on campus: will no longer require an ethernet cable

  • More channels: over 20 additional channels for a total of 60 (see channel list)

  • Additional access: off-campus students and other members of the Brown community will now be able to watch eight local HD channels while on campus

  • New DVR feature: record shows for later viewing

  • More ways to watch: access on a computer, a mobile devices using iPhone and Android apps, and on a television using a Roku or by hooking up a computer to your TV

Residential Life will send instructions for accessing the new system at the beginning of the semester. 

1 Dec, '14—12:05 pm

Check out these tech workshops and events during the month of December. Did we miss anything? Tweet us @ITatBrown or email cis@brown.edu.

9 Dec, '14—3:48 pm

Exciting news: Brown's Google domain (including alumni.brown.edu) now has unlimited storage for Gmail (email), Drive, and photos. At the bottom of your inbox at gmail.com, you'll notice your storage amount is no longer listed as a percentage.

1 Dec, '14—12:05 pm

Check out these great workshops and events during the month of November. Did we miss anything? Tweet us @ITatBrown or email cis@brown.edu.


31 Oct, '14—3:39 pm

This October, learn how to spot phishing email to stop it from spreading and you could be the winner of an iPad mini, Nexus 7 and other prizes.

To celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month, ISG (Information Security Group) will focus on phishing throughout October with weekly quizzes and a special Brown Bag (Don't Be the Catch-of-the-Day: Phishing Tips to Keep You Off the Hook) on the 9th.

In addition, ISG will host a special screening of the film Code 2600 on the 15th and a second Brown Bag on the 23rd, Being Smart About Your Phone (and Other Web-Connected Devices). Participants in these events are also entered into the raffle. Full details at brown.edu/go/SpotThePhish.

31 Oct, '14—12:51 pm

On Monday October 20th, you’ll notice a new look for the Brown Directory, MyAccount, and Activate. This change is part of the replacement of Brown’s identity management system, the system that stores identity information for members of the Brown community. 

MyAccount will be unavailable starting at noon on 10/17 until the upgrade is complete. Otherwise, we expect the appearance of these sites will be the only change you experience, but if you have a problem accessing a Brown system, contact the IT Service Center as usual; it may or may not be related to this change.

10 Oct, '14—1:30 pm

The latest issue of Secure IT! has been released. We invite you to peruse this issue, view back issues and send us ideas for future ones. Enjoy!

  • CISO Memo: "IT Security" versus "Information Security" :: Brown has had an IT Security function, as well as IT security roles in the network group for decades.  However, as the technology evolved and changed, so did the role.
  • Introducing the Phish Bowl :: Phishing continues to plague everyone, with no end in sight. While we can't make it go away, the new Phish Bowl should make it easier to deal with. It was created as the spot to check for phish. If you spot or are unsure about one, just check the Phish Bowl. If it's there, no need to report it. If not, forward it to PhishBowl@brown.edu.
  • ISG Special Events this October :: Reserve your seat for a special screening of the film Code 2600. Sign up for Brown Bags on phishing tips and smart phone safety. Enter the raffle for a chance on an iPad mini and other great prizes. Full details on the contest and more about ISG's celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This year's theme: SPOT the Phish 2 STOP the Phish.
  • Smashing News: Do you have an old hard drive or two (or even several) with Brown Restricted or sensitive information on it and need to securely dispose of it? ISG has a hard drive crusher that will make short work of it. Send an email to ISG@brown.edu to make an appointment.
  • New Encryption Options :: CIS has replaced Symantec Endpoint Encryption with BitLocker for Windows and FireVault 2 for Macs.
    » For background on encryption, read the SANS August 2014 OUCH! Newsletter article by Christopher Crowley, lead instructor of the SANS Institute course Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking.
    » Two more timely topics from SANS Securing the Human: I'm Hacked, Now What? and Disposing of Your Mobile Device.
  • Identity Finder Reminder :: Not running Identity Finder regularly? Find out why you should.
  • Follow us on Twitter :: ISG and CISO alerts, tips and more.
8 Oct, '14—3:52 pm

We're excited to welcome new and returning students to campus for the 2014/15 academic year! 

Look for CIS staff during move-in weekend and the beginning of September. We are going to be at the resource fairs for new students, at first-year key pickup, and in high-traffic areas on campus. We'll be happy to see you and tell you what's new in technology at Brown this fall. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.