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Monthly security updates installed Jan. 30
Posted by Gary Barton on January 27, 2022
Start: Jan 30 12:00am
 End:  Jan 30 12:00pm

Monthly security updates will be deployed on servers from 12:01 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 30. This may affect Windows and Mac machines that utilize services on these servers. If you experience problems accessing your services Monday morning, you may need to reboot your machine. Direct questions to the Help Desk at (269) 387-4357.


Office of Information Technology continues to fortify cyber defense strategies and actions
Posted by Gary Barton on February 7, 2022

As an additional step to harden Western Michigan University's IT infrastructure and computing practices, the Office of Information Technology has partnered with the Office of Legal Affairs, Risk and Compliance to select and adopt the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Controls as WMU's security framework. CIS Controls is a security framework established by a global community of IT experts who collaborate to identify the most common real-world cyber-attacks and develop actions to defend against those attacks. These standards will assist in resourcing and allow WMU to focus on the most important actions to defend against cyber threats.

When are CIS Controls being implemented?
Implementation is already underway. The Office of Information Technology is actively prioritizing cyber security tasks and building a sustainable resourcing plan to ensure WMU maintains a strong computing environment. The controls and actions required will remain a regular point of discussion at IT community meetings, and members of the WMU community will need to be continuously involved to help execute plans.

How does this affect you?
Cyber security is everyone's responsibility. As the cyber security framework is adopted across campus, the Office of Information Technology will be partnering with you. In the meantime, please remain vigilant, safe, and report any concerns to the WMU IT security team at oit-security@wmich.edu

Andrew Holmes
Interim Chief Information Officer | Office of Information Technology

Arnold Taylor
Interim Deputy Chief Information Officer | Office of Information Technology

Carrick Craig
General Counsel | Office of Legal, Risk and Compliance

Joan Beffel
Sr Internal Auditor | Office of Legal, Risk and Compliance


The Office of Information Technology identifies emails as external to WMU
Posted by Gary Barton on February 14, 2022

As part of a larger project to improve the overall security of our systems, users, and data, the Office of Information Technology will identify emails from senders outside of WMU as external. External does not imply malicious emails.

How does this affect you?
When this change goes into effect, the body of email received from email domains outside of wmich.edu will have the following appended to it, "Attention: This email is from outside Western Michigan University. Use caution when opening links and attachments."

Is your email being marked as external?
If you are a department or staff member who uses a third-party email platform like Mailchimp, Constant Contact, or Salesforce Marketing Cloud, please reach out to OIT via a Service Hub work order.

Reach out to OIT about the External Sender Notifications


Monthly security updates installed Feb. 27
Posted by Gary Barton on February 25, 2022
Start: Feb 27 12:00am
 End:  Feb 27 12:00pm

Monthly security updates will be deployed on servers from 12:01 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Feb. 27. This may affect Windows and Mac machines that utilize services on these servers. If you experience problems accessing your services Monday morning, you may need to reboot your machine. Direct questions to the Help Desk at (269) 387-4357.