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Message from Information Systems regarding cybersecurity

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff Aug. 16 by Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer:

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the cybersecurity of campus technology services, Information Systems will implement Cisco Umbrella/OpenDNS on August 17, 2017. This new service provides an additional layer of protection for all your devices as they connect to the wired and wireless campus network. This includes devices connected via the campus Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Cisco Umbrella/OpenDNS works by determining if your device is trying to connect to a known malicious site and then automatically redirects your device to a warning page. The service will help protect devices and the campus network from:

  • Ransomware – malware that encrypts computer files until a sum of money is paid
  • Phishing – email that contains requests to visit malicious sites
  • Botnets – software that makes your computer part of a network that can be activated to launch attacks
  • Drive-by-downloads – a malware delivery mechanism that happens by simply clicking on a malicious banner or advertisement

Please visit our Cisco Umbrella webpage to learn more.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact the Information Systems Service Desk at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Eclipse not expected to affect University operations Aug. 21

As news outlets are reporting seemingly daily, the sun and moon and earth will line up on Aug. 21 for a total solar eclipse that will be intensely viewed, studied and celebrated from coast to coast.  Festivals built around the historic event are planned with names ranging from Eclipse Fest to SolFest throughout the United States.

At Wake Forest, the eclipse is not expected to have an impact on University operations.  No “fests” are scheduled on campus, either.  No special academic activities are planned related to the eclipse, it appears at this point.

The eclipse takes place before the start of the 2017-18 academic year for much of the University.  Move-in and orientation for first-year undergraduates will begin Aug. 23.  The academic year for most students will begin Aug. 28.

For more information about the upcoming eclipse, visit NASA’s Eclipse2017 website.

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Update on Crime Alert: Off-campus Incident

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on July 23 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

This is a follow-up message to the crime alert shared early this morning.

University officials have confirmed that the two students involved received minor injuries at an off-campus incident on Long Drive. Earlier this morning, both were released after being evaluated at a local hospital.

Because the altercation occurred among students who know each other, police do not believe there is a continuing threat to students or others on or near campus.

The University will continue to look into the matter and provide support to the students involved.

As a precaution, the Wake Forest University Police Department recommends reviewing personal safety and crime prevention tips and encourages students, faculty and staff to download LiveSafe, the free personal mobile campus safety application.

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Crime Alert: Off-campus Incident

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on July 23 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred at an off-campus house on Long Drive early this morning. Two Wake Forest students have been transported to a local hospital with knife wounds following an altercation at an off-campus party.

Police do not believe there is a continuing threat to students or others near campus. Investigators believe all parties involved are known to each other.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700, CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800, or the Wake Forest University Police Department at 336-758-5591.

Wake Forest University Police recommend reviewing personal safety and crime prevention tips and encourage students faculty and staff to download LiveSafe, the free personal mobile campus safety application.

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Stay alert to weather reports due to hazardous weather Wednesday

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on the afternoon of May 24 by Communications and External Relations:

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay alert to weather conditions today due to unstable weather conditions and reports of tornado warnings and watches in this area.  Tornado warnings for Forsyth County and other counties were issued late this afternoon.

Weather information is readily available on TV stations, various news media web sites and elsewhere.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations