Email Lists Moving to Google Groups

In order to standardize and reduce the variability of email lists, Michigan Tech IT is transitioning all email lists to Google Groups.

With Google Groups you can:

  • Send a meeting invite to a group of people that will show up in their Google calendars
  • Share Google Docs out to Google Groups
  • If the membership of your Google Group changes, any file shares and meeting invites will update automatically.
  • Group administrators (list owners) will have easier web-based list management and Group members will have more subscription options (daily digest, abridged email, no email), all from one website: https://groups.google.com/a/mtu.edu/

In the coming weeks we will contact list owners directly when we are ready to transition their list(s) to Google Groups.

A little background on the switch:

Email lists at Michigan Tech are currently handled by one of three distinct list processing programs. By switching to Google Groups from our current programs (Sympa and MailMan), Michigan Tech users will have more functionality with their email lists, as well as eliminate the need for IT to manage multiple list programs.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the move to Google Groups, please contact IT Help at it-help@mtu.edu or 906-487-1111.

 


Protecting your identity – BCBSM breach

By now, many of you have heard of the data breach at Anthem, which may have also leaked data of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) members.  While BCBSM is still investigating what member data has been breached, we do know that Anthem stored data on BCBSM members who received health care in a number of states outside of Michigan.  The data accessed includes names, date of birth, member ID/social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, emails addresses, and employment information.

Though the investigation as to the extent of the exposure of BCBSM data is still underway, there are a number of steps that all users should take:

  • Monitor you current accounts for any unusual activity.  Data from the breach may be used to try to answer security questions and access your accounts.
  • Sign up for fraud alerts with each of the three major credit bureaus.  This will notify potential credit grantors to verify your identity before extending credit.  This will stay on your account for 90 days and will allow time for BCBSM to complete their investigation.
  • Obtain a current copy of your credit report. You can receive a free copy of your credit report once every 12 months at: https://www.annualcreditreport.com.
  • Be aware of unexpected changes to your credit report or credit score.  Many sites will monitor your credit but may charge a fee.  CreditKarma is a well-respected free site for monitoring your credit score and can be found at: https://www.creditkarma.com.
  • Be suspicious of any email related to the breach that asks you to give personal information.  Anthem will be directly notifying all impacted members via postal mail and will advise you on the next steps to take.  Many cyber criminals are using the incident to target potential members with phishing attempts. If you receive an email that appears to be from Anthem and contains a “click here” link for credit monitoring, it is a scam!
    DO NOT click on any links in an email appearing to be from Anthem.

    • DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way
    • DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open if you do click on a link.
    • DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with email.
  • If you have received heath care services in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia or Wisconsin, you should contact Anthem at 1-877-263-7995 or visit their website: http://www.anthemfacts.com/.

Online security while traveling – read the latest issue of OUCH!

The SANS Institute has released its February issue of OUCH!, a monthly security newsletter. This month’s issue covers how to securely stay online and get work done while traveling.  With more and more people connecting while on the road, this is the perfect time to cover how to do it securely.  We encourage you to download and share OUCH! with others.

English Version (PDF)
http://www.securingthehuman.org/newsletters/ouch/issues/OUCH-201502_en.pdf

Translations & Archives
http://www.securingthehuman.org/ouch