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.

UA Vice Provost and CIO Dr. John McGowan to Speak at HCA Guest Lecture

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. the Honors College Assembly will host a guest lecture featuring UA’s Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer Dr. John McGowan. The lecture is titled, Technology:  An Evolution & A Revolution, and it will be held in Lloyd 132.

“We are excited to host this lecture because Dr. McGowan’s insight provides a unique, cross-sectional opportunity for students to discover the connections developing in technology within different fields of study,” said HCA representative Riley O’Neill. “With the perspectives and knowledge gained from Dr. McGowan’s lecture, students can prepare to anticipate needs currently developing in their fields.”

Dr. John McGowan has served as the UA CIO since 2008, and he brings vast experience in the realm of technology having served as the CIO for both The University of Texas at San Antonio and Florida International University. He also served as chief technology officer for The University of Southern Mississippi.

In 2003, Dr. McGowan was selected as one of the world’s Top 10 Leaders in IT by Cisco Corporation, and he served on Cisco’s Enterprise Technical Advisory Board from 2003-2005. Dr. McGowan has worked as a consultant for IBM’s higher education practice, UNISYS, AT&T, American Express, NASA, and the Department of Defense including the National Security Agency, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Army.

Dr. McGowan spent 11 years as a research biochemist in the fields of cancer research and molecular biology, and he was a member of the project advisory committee of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Human Genome Project.

Dr. McGowan’s lecture will encompass the expansive growth and impact of technology over his career, and offer insight for college students and soon-to-be graduates entering the workforce.

Oct. 10, 2017 Phishing Attempt

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, many UA employees received a phishing email with the subject title “RE: Microsoft outlook account unusual sign-in activity”

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.

Oct 10 Phishing Attempt

myBama, Banner and Other Services Unavailable Sun. Oct. 22

The Office of Information Technology will install the quarterly Oracle patch on Sunday, October 22nd, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. The following services will be unavailable during the installation period: Appworx, BITPRD, Banner, CEME, CENSUS, Crystal Report Server, Degree Works, myBama, OIRA, PCR and SiteFile. In case of an emergency, contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.