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Microsoft Office 365 online applications protected by multi-factor authentication beginning April 22

Apr. 21, 2020—As the Vanderbilt community continues to engage in new modes of online collaboration for remote teaching, learning and work, it is essential that we boost our cybersecurity posture to protect Vanderbilt systems and data. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is one of the best ways to protect our systems from cyberattacks. Beginning April 22, MFA will be...

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Behind the computer screen: VUIT enhances resources for remote work, learning

Apr. 10, 2020—Vanderbilt employees respond to challenges amid COVID-19 Many of those who are helping to assure that Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff have the resources they need to continue teaching, learning, and working during the global novel coronavirus pandemic are staff members in Vanderbilt University Information Technology. From protecting data to training on Zoom to ensuring...

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Cyber safety while working remotely: VUIT, VUPS offer best practices for avoiding scams

Apr. 10, 2020—As the number of Vanderbilt employees working remotely has risen during the last week, so has malicious activity by cybercriminals attempting to take advantage of vulnerabilities in technology. Scams come in many forms, including emails, texts, and phone calls. Email addresses, websites, and caller IDs are easily spoofed to look like they are from legitimate...

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Zoom online conferencing platform available; Add a VU virtual background

Apr. 10, 2020—Vanderbilt has made Zoom online conferencing software available for all university faculty, students and staff. Zoom can be used for teaching classes, video conferencing, web conferencing, meetings and more. Users can access Zoom by visiting vanderbilt.zoom.us and signing in with their VUNetID and password. For instructions on teaching a class via Zoom, faculty and graduate students are...

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Tips to secure your Zoom meetings, avoid ‘Zoombombing’

Apr. 10, 2020—With the rise in popularity of the remote conferencing service Zoom, there have been cases of bad actors trying to interfere with meetings. The “Zoombombing” trend happens when uninvited guests join Zoom meetings and share their screens to bombard real attendees with disturbing and/or violent imagery. Most of these are perpetrated through publicly available Zoom links, but that...

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Vanderbilt provides full support for successful transition to online and alternative education

Apr. 10, 2020—On Monday, March 16, Vanderbilt officially moved all courses to online and alternative education to protect the health and safety of the community during the global coronavirus outbreak. During this transition, the university has put a priority on providing faculty with the tools and resources they need to successfully implement their courses online. Tracey George,...

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Beware of new phishing scam

Mar. 26, 2020—Be aware—malicious individuals are using email to pose as Vanderbilt leaders in an attempt to steal personal information and attack the institution. A new such scam, in the form of an email with the subject line “Staff Pay and Benefits,” was reported on Wednesday, March 25. This phishing email has malicious intent. Please do not...

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Cyber safety while working remotely: VUIT, VUPS offer best practices for avoiding scams

Mar. 26, 2020—As the number of Vanderbilt employees working remotely has risen during the last week, so has malicious activity by cybercriminals attempting to take advantage of vulnerabilities in technology. Scams come in many forms, including emails, texts, and phone calls. Email addresses, websites, and caller IDs are easily spoofed to look like they are from legitimate...

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Zoom online conferencing platform now available for all faculty, students and staff

Mar. 13, 2020—Vanderbilt has made Zoom online conferencing software available for all university faculty, students and staff. Zoom can be used for teaching classes, video conferencing, web conferencing, meetings and more. Users can access Zoom by visiting vanderbilt.zoom.us and signing in with their VUNetID and password. For instructions on teaching a class via Zoom, faculty and graduate...

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Beware of widespread phishing email campaign

Mar. 6, 2020—VUIT is actively responding to an intense phishing campaign that started Thursday, March 5. Several VU accounts have already been compromised. VUIT has identified over 50,000 emails that were sent to VU and VUMC accounts with a subject line and body similar to the one below: Hello, There’s an ongoing survey recruitment exercise for part-time...

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