OIS News and Alerts

May 24, 2024

We are moving!

To better serve the UW community, we are integrating our resources with UW-IT’s IT Connect website. Most pages will automatically re-direct you to IT Connect; please update your bookmarks and links and stay in touch! Our guidance documents can now be found in the Security and Authentication Guide section located here: https://itconnect.uw.edu/guides-by-topic/security-authentication/ See you there!


April 5, 2024

MS Teams chat retention changes on May 1

For the UW community, chat messages in Microsoft Teams (not channel posts) will be subject to compliance with UW Records Management policy for brainstorming & collaboration communications starting May 1, 2024. Chats will expire after 30 days, and be deleted. Find more info and FAQs at the link below. Get more info


April 1, 2024

Malicious backdoor discovered in Linux utility

Backdoor on computer

Summary Recommendations for the UW community Recommendations for specific groups Technical details Affected versions Tools for detection Resources Updated 04/04/24 Summary A malicious backdoor has been discovered in the compression utility xz Utils which allows bypassing SSH authentication and can result in complete compromise of a Linux host. This backdoor is currently only known to…


March 11, 2024

World Backup Day is March 31

But backing up data is important every day of the year! The ever-increasing threat of ransomware is one great reason to keep your data, computers, phones, information systems, and critical information assets backed up. Back up all data that you are responsible for, using multiple methods or formats. Check with your IT support staff if…


March 1, 2024

Celebrate women in cybersecurity for IWD

Heart and hands

In recognition of International Women’s Day (IWD), which is coming up on Friday, March 8, we celebrate women around the world, including women working in information technology and in cybersecurity. Just last year, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)…


February 28, 2024

Slam the Scam!

The Social Security’s Office has designated Thursday, March 7  Slam the Scam Day to raise awareness of government imposter scams. Job, loan, and gift card scams have been prevalent at UW for the past few years, but there are many other types of scams targeting the UW community. Recently, The Daily reported that two of…