OIT Introduces Guest WiFi Network

The Office of Information Technology has implemented a guest wireless network, UA-Guest, to allow UA visitors to connect to a UA wireless internet network. This network provides internet-only access to non-UA personnel. It does not provide access to servers or applications. Once a visitor establishes the guest connection, the connection will be valid for 24 hours.

More information and instructions for connecting to the UA-Guest network are available at https://oit.ua.edu/service/guest-wifi.  Please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu with any questions.

OIT adds DUO to UA Faculty and Staff Webmail

Effective Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, OIT will add DUO two-factor authentication to OIT-supported faculty and staff Webmail accounts.

If you are an active DUO user with an OIT-supported email address, DUO will be applied to your online UA Exchange Webmail account. Your email will be better protected under the same two-factor authentication that your myBama account currently receives.

When you visit webmail.ua.edu to check email, you will see the standard DUO prompt that you see when logging into myBama. You will follow the same procedure as you typically would when logging into myBama. You can also use the “Remember Me for 30 Days” feature.

If you use a desktop or smart phone mail application (such as Outlook, or your device’s standard Mail App) for your UA Exchange Mail, you will not notice any change. You will be able to use your mailbox as you typically would. This will not impact departmental or shared email accounts accessed through Webmail.

By adding DUO two-factor authentication to Webmail, OIT can better protect UA faculty and staff inboxes from cyberattacks. Please visit oit.ua.edu/duo to see answers to frequently asked questions, and contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu with additional questions.

October 26 Student Phishing Attempt

Thursday, October 26, 2017, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject title “Mail Notice”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data, like your myBama username and password, and possibly infect your system with malicious code. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Below is a screenshot of the email.

Phishing Attempt

October 26 Phishing Attempt

Thursday, October 26, 2017, many UA employees received a phishing email with the subject title “Emergency Notification”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data, like your myBama username and password, and possibly infect your system with malicious code. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Phishing Attempt

Cybersecurity: Keeping Your Personal Identity Personal

Cybersecurity is an evolving field. As security professionals find new solutions and strategies to block attacks, hackers are creating new approaches to discover sensitive data. If one thing is certain about the field of cybersecurity, it’s that it’s not going anywhere. 
Cyber Security Tips

UA’s Office of Information Technology has a few tips to ensure your sensitive data is always protected.

  • Passwords are still important. Choose a strong password. OIT recommends that passwords be 12 characters or more, with a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Use a phrase that’s easy for you to remember, harder for someone else to figure out. If two-factor authentication is offered, use it. Gmail, iCloud and many banks now offer two-factor authentication.
  • Consider establishing a credit freeze, and monitor your credit. You can easily establish a credit freeze with the four major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, Transunion and Innovis. A credit freeze does not impact your credit score; it simply makes it more difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name. Sometimes there is a fee for this service, but it is usually $10 or less.
  • Remember the red flags of phishing. As we approach the holiday season, the phishers will be in full force attempting to steal your sensitive data. Remember to hover over links before you click, and the “from” email address should match the “from” email name. For example, if you receive a tracking email from UPS, the email should derive from a ups.com email address.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. To see all of the tips OIT has shared on cybersafety, visit oit.ua.edu/news.

Cyber Security Awareness Month – Why DUO?

The University of Alabama now has more than 40,000 DUO users. To better understand the need for DUO, this week we’re sharing facts about what we’re doing to protect UA against cyber attacks. 

Cyber Map

More than 9,100 student accounts at The University of Alabama have been compromised in the last four years. In most instances, the compromised account occurred because of phishing attempts and weak passwords. Passwords are simply not strong enough to protect the sensitive data held within myBama accounts.

OIT implemented DUO to add a second layer of security to myBama accounts. With DUO, cyber attackers cannot gain access to your myBama account unless they have your username, your password and your DUO-registered device.

The University of Alabama also blocks 105,000 cyber attacks each and every minute. These attacks originate from across the globe. Hackers want the sensitive data held within your myBama account. Protect your myBama account against attacks and phishing emails with DUO two-factor authentication. Get started at duo.ua.edu.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. OIT will be posting cyber safety information throughout the month. For more information about Cyber Security Awareness Month, visit The National Cyber Security Alliance’s website https://staysafeonline.org.