Keeping Information Security Simple – “The Preparedness Paradox”

Open Letter

Letter from the CISO, Vol 3 Issue 6  Washington University Community: Problems in WashU paradise  Sometimes, I think working at WashU is a bit like being in paradise. November is a time to reflect on things we are grateful for, and this includes working in a safe and welcoming culture. But even the Garden of […]

Scam of the Month: Process has begun by our administrator

Our record indicates that you recently made a request to terminate your Office 365 email. And this process has begun by our administrator. If this request was made accidentally and you have no knowledge of it, you are advised to verify your account. Please give us 24 hours to terminate your account OR verify your account Click Here To Verify Your Account Failure to Verify will result in the close of your account.

The Office of Information Security has identified a trend in which criminals send members of our community account termination emails containing a malicious link. They hope a victim will give their WashU credentials in a Google Form. In this scam, hackers use a legitimate WashU email address to send phishing emails. Victims who click the […]

Phishing Resistant Multi-Factor Authentication

Many Duo push notifications

As attackers figure out new ways to get around traditional multi-factor authentication, we must evolve to prevent fraudulent access to our accounts. The next wave of multi-factor authentication will fortify user accounts against phishing attacks. Unlike traditional multi-factor authentication, new approaches incorporate advanced techniques such as biometric authentication, hardware tokens, and push notifications to trusted […]

Security Guidance for Automatic Transcription Services

convert online voice messages into text using neural networks or AI online bot

Many WashU community members create audio and video recordings in research, during meetings, while attending lectures, and in other circumstances. These recordings can be indispensable to a project because they document what was said with perfect fidelity for future reference and analysis. A transcript of the recording is even more helpful, making it easy to […]