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Multiple reboots

A small subset of CALS-OIT managed Windows computers will receive multiple patches and reboots on October 15th starting at 4 PM. We have identified an issue where a small portion of managed Windows computers are not communicating correctly with the Cornell University Windows computer management tool, Configuration Manager (CM). Because CM cannot communicate with the […]

Spirion changes

On Wednesday May 30th between 2 and 3 PM CALS-OIT will update some settings in Spirion (formerly ID Finder) that will apply to all CALS-OIT managed machines. These changes will improve performance and user experience in regards to the scan process and should be transparent to users. We will be in touch with all clients […]

Identity Theft Resources

Identity theft is a national problem, exacerbated by massive data breaches at major corporations. The most recent breach at Equifax in September 2017 affected as many as 143 million U.S. consumers.Your best defense is to practice good security habits and encourage everyone you know to do the same. Find out more at

ID Finder for CALS computers

All college owned computers currently have “Identity Finder” software installed in order to assist faculty and staff in identifying confidential, restricted, or personally identifiable, information that might be stored on them.  Beginning in November 2016, CALS OIT will reinitiate the effort of automatically running Identity Finder on all college owned computers on a quarterly basis. […]

File types blocked on Cornell email

Starting Monday, May 23, 2016, in order to better protect Cornell’s community against malicious email attachments that often pose as something legitimate, the IT Security Office has requested that a list of file types most often used to deliver malware be blocked from Cornell’s email systems. This change aligns our systems with those of many […]

“Locky” Ransomware

A new wave of ransomware (malicious software that encrypts files for ransom) is being reported in the news and by some users within the Cornell community. These particular instances of ransomware trick Windows users into either applying fake software updates (e.g. Adobe) or enabling features in products like Microsoft Office. Find out more at IT: Status […]

Highly sophisticated email fraud is leveraging Cornell names and relationships | IT@Cornell News

An increasing number of individuals at Cornell have received an email that appeared to be from a well-known colleague. Requests for funds up to $9K have nearly been approved–be vigilant. Find out more at Highly sophisticated email fraud is leveraging Cornell names and relationships | IT@Cornell News.

Encryption Policy update

Cornell University Policy 5.10 has been revised and now requires “whole-disk encryption for all university-owned desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones”. To meet one of the requirements of University Policy 5.10, CALS-OIT will be installing software and making configuration changes to your computer that will ultimately encrypt your computer hard drive. These changes will be a part […]

Email Spoofing

Be vigilant when reading your Cornell email — we’re in the midst of a spoofing attack using Cornell email addresses. Spoofing is when the “from” address is forged. Click below to read more and see how to protect yourself. via IT: Status Alert Details.

New Video: Essentials to Avoid Online Scams

In this 7 minute video, learn to read URLs, and even if you click, look for the EV cert at and CUWebLogin to ensure you are on the right page. Any email can have dangerous links or attachments (Word documents, PDFs, pictures, etc.), even if it’s from someone you know. via New Video: Essentials to […]

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