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Announcements, security advisories, news, updates, and more from the information security team.

Advanced Authentication Methods to be Introduced

As part of our ongoing efforts to combat malicious access to university accounts, the IT Security Office has adopted new Verified Duo Push standards to fight "push harassment."

New Email Security Features to be Enabled in Summer 2022

Beginning in Summer 2022, the University of South Carolina will enable several features in the Microsoft Security Protection Suite to protect students, faculty, and staff from malicious email messages or attachments that could compromise their accounts and university assets. For detailed information, visit the Email Security page

Multifactor Authentication Required Beginning June 5, 2017

Beginning June 5, 2017, multifactor authentication (MFA), also known as two-step verification, will be required to access systems on the USC network that store Personally Identifiable Information (PII). MFA will require students, faculty, and staff to take an extra step each time they login to university systems that store PII including, Banner, PeopleSoft, VIP, and more.  

Success Story: 4 Tips To Deploy Spirion and FireEye HX [pdf]

Recently, the UISO sat down with Douglas Cogdell at the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management. We asked Doug if he could share a few tips and lessons he learned installing Spirion and FireEye HX. In this post, Doug offers 4 excellent tips that we are sure will help others.

Dec 1, 2017 Security Deadline Established [pdf]

Important Security Announcement - Dec 1st Security Deadline Spirion (formerly Identity Finder) and FireEye HX are two software clients required by the University’s Minimum Security Standards.  Organizational units are required to install these clients on or before December 1, 2017.

The Human Face of Big Data

September 16, 2016 - The university has licensed streaming on-campus access to the documentary The Human Face of Big Data.

Identity Finder Made Available

April 18, 2016 - The university has licensed the Identity Finder software for enterprise and home use for all faculty and staff in the eight-campus system.  Identity Finder is a tool that scans all files stored on a PC, Mac or Linux to identify Personally Identifiable Information (PII).  Once the scan has completed, the user is alerted if PII is found, and the user has the option to securely delete or further protect the data.  

YubiKey Self Registration Now Available for Duo Multifactor

December 16, 2015 - Users who utilize Duo Multifactor to authenticate into university IT systems can now self-register YubiKey devices in without the need for a service ticket.  This change expedites the registration process for users and system administrators across the state. Click to read more.


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