General Information


Information Security Office

The office of the Information Security Officer at Ithaca College provides administration and guidance to the Ithaca College community by protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of college information and computing resources.  The Information Security Office works closely with the network services staff and system administrators to ensure security to our networks, systems, and the data residing on them.

Please feel free to consult with us for guidance and direction about information security issues.

Important Campus Alerts

Subject: Discontinue use of Internet Explorer

On April 29, 2014 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommended that all users temporarily discontinue the use of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) due to a critical security flaw.

While we have some protections in place, Ithaca College ITS Information Security recommends that all members of the College community use another browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, until a fix has been issued for IE.

If Ithaca College internal sites require the use of IE, please limit use to just those specific sites.

For more information about this flaw, please see the Microsoft Security Advisory 2963983 here.


Kris Monroe, Information Security Officer

Campus Alerts Continued...

Subject: Heartbleed Internet vulnerability – What steps do I need take to protect myself?

Dear Ithaca College students, faculty, and staff:

You may have heard news accounts about a widespread Internet vulnerability – dubbed “Heartbleed” – in a piece of software known as OpenSSL. This software provides secure communications underlying a large number of web sites globally, including popular social media, shopping, email, and entertainment sites. Heartbleed allows a malicious person to capture information such as passwords, financial information, SSNs, and email. Security teams worldwide have been working to address Heartbleed since it was first announced.

As communicated in Intercom, ITS has been working to address the Heartbleed open SSL vulnerability as reported on the popular press and has already patched our major systems that may have been vulnerable. ITS continues to research and analyze this issue and its impact on the systems and services that the campus community uses.

Many of the web sites and Internet services you use in your personal life will likely have been affected by the HeartBleed vulnerability. You will want to change your password for these services, but only after you know their systems have been upgraded to protect against Heartbleed; when in doubt, contact a company’s customer service line. Be aware of phishing scams asking you for your password, SSN, bank account number, or other sensitive information. Information on steps you can take to protect yourself against Heartbleed can be found at

If you have questions about Heartbleed, please contact the ITS Information Security Office at


Kris Monroe, Information Security Officer

Beware of Scams

ATTENTION: There are reports of a phishing email (below) being received at email addresses warning that email logins have been suspended.  The email asks for account verification by you providing your password.  DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.


Dear User,
Your email account will soon be suspended (Reason: Yearly quota maintenance). We are deleting all unused Web-mail Accounts. You are required to verify your Web-mail account by confirming your Web-mail Identity. Please validate your Email by replying to this notice and provide the below information's to re-confirm your identity.

Email Address:
Email Password:

Web Admin Department.


Remember, Ithaca College will never ask you to provide your username and password via email.

Report any computer security concerns to

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