Security & Identity Management

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Posted on: August 14, 2014
Minimum System Requirements for 2014/2015 Academic Year

Windows Systems

Memory: at least 4.0 GB Operating Systems: Windows 8.1 Update or Windows 7 SP1 (Home Premium and above)

Mac Systems

Memory: at least 4.0 GB Operating System: OS X 10.9...
Posted on: April 15, 2014

Many University constituents are concerned about which applications and services they use that might be affected by the "Heartbleed”/OpenSSL vulnerability that was discovered on April 7th. This message gives some context and advice on how to determine...

Posted on: February 25, 2014

On February 25, 2014, Apple released OS X Mavericks version 10.9.2 to address a serious SSL vulnerability uncovered the previous week. This update is related to another update released February 21, 2014 for a serious SSL vulnerability in iOS versions...

Posted on: June 28, 2013

Important Note: Some Schools and Centers manage firewalls via their own network servers. Faculty and staff should speak with their Local Support Provider (LSP) to determine if and how their firewall is being managed.

Both Apple's OS X and...

Posted on: June 7, 2013
How to Tell If Your Computer Has A Virus

Your computer might be infected with a virus or other kinds of malware if it exhibits unusual symptoms and behaviors.

Computer Virus & Malware Symptoms

Below are common symptoms that may indicate...

Posted on: June 6, 2013

These resources are packages for creating a Managed Symantec Endpoint Protection environment and installing Symantec software on mail servers, intended for use by Penn's Server Administrators. Users looking for information about Symantec Endpoint...

Posted on: June 6, 2013

Symantec Endpoint Protection, enterprise edition (SEP), is the University's supported antivirus product for Windows and Mac OS operating systems. 

The software is site-licensed at Penn and available free of charge to members of the Penn...

Posted on: March 14, 2013

It's critical that your computer's operating system stay up-to-date with the most current security patches released by Microsoft and Apple. Patches correct known software and security problems as well as software issues discovered by the vendor. Make...

Posted on: March 14, 2013
What are Malware, Spyware, and Adware?

From Wikipedia: "malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to infiltrate a computer system without the owner's informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals...

Posted on: March 12, 2013

These instructions are for installing antivirus software in an unmanaged environment from the Supported Products article.

Caution: Please remove all antivirus programs before installing this product; this includes removing older versions of...