SECURITY: DUO to Block Authentications in OFAC Sanctioned Regions – 5/5/2022

Beginning May 5, 2022, the University’s two-step verification tool, Duo, will begin blocking authentications from users whose IP address originates in a country or region subject to economic and trade sanctions enforced by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Harvard affiliates attempting to authenticate to HarvardKey- and Duo-protected applications from the following OFAC-regulated countries or regions will be … Continue reading “SECURITY: DUO to Block Authentications in OFAC Sanctioned Regions – 5/5/2022”

“If I were starting a new lab at SPH, what guidance does IT offer?”

The Department of Information Technology has created the following checklist to pose various questions that each lab should consider. The questions below are a starting point for beginning conversation with your trusted advisors in the IT department.  Each question can surely lead to more questions, and we are here to help.  Please do not hesitate … Continue reading ““If I were starting a new lab at SPH, what guidance does IT offer?””

Phishing Alert

Dear SPH Community,We want to make you aware of an increase in phishing attempts against the Harvard community, especially gift card scams. A phishing email can come in many different forms, from obvious-to-spot frauds to sophisticated deceptions, but they share some common characteristics. Before you click a link, consider if the message you are reading … Continue reading “Phishing Alert”

Data Privacy Week: 1/24-28

This week, January 24-28, is Data Privacy Week, a good opportunity for us to think about the choices we make with our data, and how organizations in government, academia, and the private sector use the data we entrust to them. Personal privacy choices All of us have an interest in understanding and, where possible, controlling … Continue reading “Data Privacy Week: 1/24-28”

WiFi Security for Old Operating Systems

As of January 10, 2022, the following changes will be made to secure Wi-Fi (“Harvard Secure” and “eduroam”) to maintain compliance with the Harvard Information Security Policy. Systems running versions of Windows prior to 8.1 will be prevented from on-boarding to “Harvard Secure” and “eduroam” as they are no longer supported by Microsoft.  This change … Continue reading “WiFi Security for Old Operating Systems”

MAINTENANCE: Secure File Transfer Service 9/30, 6:00pm

Harvard University’s Secure File Transfer Service, powered by Accellion Kiteworks, will be unavailable due to maintenance during the following dates and times: Thursday, September 30 between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Eastern time.   Security patches will be installed. Impacts to users: The Accellion Kiteworks service will be unavailable during the maintenance window. Click here … Continue reading “MAINTENANCE: Secure File Transfer Service 9/30, 6:00pm”

SECURITY ALERT: Urgent updates for Apple devices

Apple has released several important security updates which affect every iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. Patches will fix zero-click vulnerabilities that can be executed without a single bit of voluntary action on behalf of the victim.  Harvard Devices For any machine/device that is SPH IT-configured and managed, patches will be pushed out to you, … Continue reading “SECURITY ALERT: Urgent updates for Apple devices”

MAINTENANCE: Secure File Transfer Service 9/16, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Harvard University’s Secure File Transfer Service, powered by Accellion Kiteworks, will be unavailable due to maintenance during the following dates and times: Thursday, September 16 between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Eastern time.   Security patches will be installed. Impacts to users: The Accellion Kiteworks service will be unavailable during the maintenance window. Click here … Continue reading “MAINTENANCE: Secure File Transfer Service 9/16, 6:00pm – 8:00pm”