Zoom and DUO

Restricted Access to Duo and Zoom in OFAC Countries and Regions

To comply with economic and trade sanctions enforced by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control, Duo and Zoom have announced that they are no longer offering their services to users whose IP addresses belong to an OFAC restricted country or region.
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Ongoing Phishing Campaign Targeting Faculty

The Information Security Office (ISO) would like to warn the campus community about a phishing campaign targeting faculty that takes the form of a Google sharing notice for a file named “Faculty Evaluation.docx”. While the sharing notice itself is a legitimate Google file sharing notice, the file being shared is malicious and comes from a...
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Critical Update for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Brave Browsers 

Google has issued a fix for a severe vulnerability in Chrome. Attackers are taking advantage of this by hacking into versions of Chrome that are not up to date. Since Edge and Brave are built on the same open-source software, you will need to update Edge and Brave, as well. Fortunately, the process for making...
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CSAM 2021

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Throughout the month of October you’re invited to participate, along with your peers at other UCs, by attending interesting and informative cyber security events hosted by the University of California and UCR Information Technology Solutions (ITS).
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Information About Chime/Go2Bank Solicitations for New Bank Accounts

UC has learned that names, Social Security numbers and other personal information of some members of the UC community may have been used in attempts to open unauthorized bank accounts at financial institutions such as Chime and Go2Bank. UC community members may receive emails asking them to confirm a new account.
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Wex Email About Address Changes

Some UC employees may have received an email from WEX Health about a change in information in their online WEX account. This change is in error and is being corrected. The error is not the result of a security breach and UC employee data has not been compromised.
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Notice of Job Offer Scams Targeting UCR Students

The Information Security Office has been working diligently to investigate and defend UCR against a Job Offer Scam that is primarily targeting UCR students. This is a type of email scam in which the attacker will impersonate the identity of a UCR faculty member or administrator. Using social engineering tactics, the attacker will try to...
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New Cybersecurity Technology Enhancement - Coming Soon

Information Technology Solutions (ITS) is pleased to announce the upcoming implementation of the first phase of a one-stop-shop for all of your account access needs, launching Tuesday, December 4, 2018. The MyAccount Portal will allow our campus faculty, staff and students to visit a central location to manage account access preferences - change/update your password...
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ISO Team

Building Relationships and Trust: The Key to Improving Security

With 20 years of military IT background, UCR’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) John Virden knows when to get in on the ground floor. So when UC CIO Tom Andriola and UC CISO David Rusting called for campus volunteers to participate in a collaborative cybersecurity research project, Virden was the first to take the leap...
By Azra Ayers | | Information Security
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Tax Season - W-2 Awareness

This time each year the IRS and various law enforcement groups observe a marked increase in phishing scams aimed at collecting employee W-2 forms which risk exposing crucial employee information such as Social Security numbers and other data used for identity theft. To combat this threat, the IRS established an incident reporting method: Email
By Bill Green | | Information Security
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Meet UC Riverside CISO John Virden

John Virden became chief information security officer (CISO) at the University of California, Riverside, earlier this year. He has been in information security for over 20 years, starting in the US Navy, where he earned his master’s degree. After the Navy, Virden worked as a Department of Defense contractor in information security for many years...
By Reign Nelson | | Information Security