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  • Phishing Advice

    A number of Universities have been targeted by a sophisticated phishing attack which has a very convincing email directing recipients to a website designed to steal sensitive information.

    To draw people into the scam the attackers have spoofed the sending address to appear to come from a University email address and included help desk information as well as a threat that your account will be closed to scare people into responding promptly.

    Once the link has been clicked on users are directed to a spoof website where they are asked to disclose personal information.

    Spotting Phishing

    Some common clues to help you identify a phishing email can be seen below:

    • The mail comes from an unexpected email address such as @hotmail.com or @gmail.com instead of one associated with the organisation that is claiming to be contacting you
    • It has a non-standard greeting such as Dear account user, Dear student
    • The message carries a threat or warning
    • The message warns of a big change but has no contact details for further information
    • There are spelling or grammar errors
    • When hovering over web addresses the hyperlink may not match
    • Checking the site is secure by checking that there is ‘https’ in web addresses and seeing that there is a padlock icon

    What action to take

    • Never respond to an unsolicited request for confidential information no matter how convincing.
    • If in doubt contact the organisation directly using a trusted means of communication using details from previous correspondence.
    • If you think you have received a phishing email forward it on to the IT User Support Helpdesk at usersupport@surrey.ac.uk.
    • If you have responded with your University account details change your University password immediately by visiting the University IT web pages and clicking “Password Changer” under the Quick Links section.

    Further Information

    For advice on securing your account or further information contact the IT User Support helpdesk by emailing usersupport@surrey.ac.uk or calling 01483 689898.

  • The POODLE Vulnerability

    You may have seen reports of a new IT security vulnerability dubbed ‘POODLE’ (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) in the national news.

    POODLE is a flaw in the Secure Sockets Layer version 3 (SSL 3) which sends and receives encrypted traffic over the Internet. SSL 3 is over 15 years old and was deprecated many years ago. In reality current browsers and devices don't need SSL 3; the closest thing found to this is Internet Explorer 6.0.

    The likelihood of someone exploiting POODLE on our critical systems is low and steps are being taken to reduce it further by disabling SSL 3 in browsers for University managed devices.

    The updates will be ongoing and will run seamlessly while you work without the need for any further action and will deliver essential security enhancements to provide staff and students with a safer, more stable working environment.

    If you are working on an unsupported machine it is important you follow the instructions here to protect your devices.

    If you suspect that your university account has been compromised or you have any concerns with the information above please contact University IT on 01483 689898 or email usersupport@surrey.ac.uk.

  • Cyber Security News

    With headline news scares about security threats such as Heartbleed, Shellshock, POODLE and Phishing attacks becoming a more frequent occurrence and the increase in dependency on computers and personal devices to store sensitive and personal information it is more important now than ever to safeguard yourself against security threats.

    Why is security important for you?

    Anyone who uses a computer connected to the Internet is susceptible to threats such as computer viruses, trojans and malware. Security measures are designed to protect you and the University from these threats and ensure that information is not lost or misused in any way.

    What can you do to stay secure?

    There are a number of ways you can keep the information you access secure:
    • Be cautious about opening attached files and clicking on web links in emails.
    • Be careful what you download. Spyware can be installed if you download software, toolbars or emotions from unofficial sites.
    • Use Strong Passwords.
    • Do not use passwords across different sites.
    • Avoid spam and scams. Always question the legitimacy of emails and messages that ask for personal or payment details.
    • Do not use cloud services such as Dropbox to store sensitive or valuable information.
    • Dispose of equipment securely. Sensitive material must always be removed before equipment is recycled or disposed of. To arrange secure disposal of supported University IT equipment email usersupport@surrey.ac.uk or call 01483 689898.

    Additional Information

    Further information about POODLE can be found at: www.surrey.ac.uk/universityit/news
    Further information about Phishing can be found at www.surrey.ac.uk/universityit/news
    For general Cyber Security tips and advice visit: www.surrey.ac.uk/universityit/security.

    Reporting security incidents

    If you think a computer, IT service or user account has been compromised, please contact the User Support Help Desk at usersupport@surrey.ac.uk or call 01483 689898.

Event Calendar

  • Pythagoras Strings Belin

    24 October 2014
  • Improving Spectral Efficiency of Half-Duplex Decode-and-Forward Relay

    24 October 2014

    A fundamental research problem of cooperative half-duplex relaying network is to find its capacity as well as a practical approach in order to achieve the capacity. For a degraded channel with multiple parallel relays, it has been known that the achievable rate and a capacity upper bound can be derived using the max-flow min-cut theorem. However, the capacity of the relay channel for general case remains unknown. In this talk, I will describe some of the technological challenges that cooperative relaying is facing, and introduce some of the possible solutions. The relaying strategies pushing the performance towards the capacity will be discussed. In particular, we look at link adaptation and spectrum sharing techniques, and discuss the potential performance improvement.

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  • The 21st Joint Annual Conference of CSCST-SCI

    25 October 2014
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