Helpful Security Information

Security Awareness 

Stay Updated on the Latest Cyber Threats and Technologies

Notice Concerning Passwords and Password-Protected Screensavers 

Users of UMB network resources are required to have a user password at startup and must “Lock Down" (or log out of) the computer each time it is left unattended. Individual user sessions also must initiate a password-protected screensaver after a period of no more than 30 minutes of inactivity.

Additional policies issued by schools and departments may be applicable to your use of UMB computing resources. View the latest UMB IT Computer Workstation Security Policy.

Information about the Campus Anti-Spam Service 

Anti-spam and anti-virus protection is provided at the campus network gateway for email messages entering the UMB campus. These tools greatly reduce the number spam messages able to get through to campus users' mailboxes. 

Phishing Attempts 

CITS has seen a noticeable increase in email that looks very official and professional asking for user login credentials. Unfortunately, some users fall victim to these attacks. Once the spammers have valid login information, they begin sending messages to the internet using University identity. Because of the high messaging volumes being sent to the internet from the compromised accounts, UMB servers become “blacklisted.” Once UMB servers are blacklisted, even valid messages sent by UMB users are denied!

Fighting spam and not falling victim to social engineering attacks is everyone’s job. Remember that the University will NEVER ask for your user login credentials in an email message. Simply delete these messages. DO NOT REPLY — EVER.  

Click on the link for more details regarding phishing.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk at 410-706-HELP (4357) or email the Help Desk.