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Reactivate your network access before 1 April

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Network access for staff will expire at the end of March unless you reactivate your username.

We suggest that you reactivate yours as soon as possible to ensure uninterrupted access to IT services (internet, email, SUN-e-HR etc.). Keep in mind that the cost centre manager still has to approve your request before your username is reactivated; allow sufficient time for this to be done to avoid disruption of your service.

You will receive an email from helpinfo@sun.ac.za indicating that your username (“engagement”) will expire soon. Three notifications will be sent before the end of March. Alternatively, you can go directly to the reactivation page.

Once logged into the reactivation page, you can select the services you want to reactivate.  You are encouraged to read the ECP (Electronic Communication Policy) before reactivating.

Choose the services (network / email usernames and internet usernames) you want to register for (see images below).

 

 

Make sure you select the correct costpoints and if you’re unsure ask your cost centre manager. Click Accept and Reactivate.

 You will receive a notification stating that your request has been submitted, as well as a confirmation email. 

The webpage will indicate that it will be activated as soon as it has been approved by the cost centre manager. When the cost centre manager approves the reactivation request access will be extended to the end of March next year.

If you have completed these steps successfully and still receive emails from helpinfo@sun.ac.za urging you to reactivate, please go back to the reactivation page and make sure the appropriate boxes are checked: Your Network / Email usernames Your Internet usernames

 If you are still not able to reactivate, please raise a request at servicedesk.sun.ac.za

New warning banner for your email

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

The nature of cyber-attacks is always evolving and Information Technology, with the help of staff and students, has to do everything within our power to try and prevent them.

In an attempt to tighten cyber security on campus, we will soon provide a new warning which can identify the origin of an email. By establishing the origin of email, it’s easier to protect against cyber security risks such as malware, spoofing and phishing. 

From now on, every time you receive email from outside campus a yellow banner will be displayed at the top of your email:

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When staff or students receive a potentially dangerous email which seems to have been sent from a colleague with a sun.ac.za address, they will immediately be able to see that it is, in fact, not from their colleague, but from an address outside the university.

Just keep in mind that the banner does not indicate that the email is necessarily a security risk, but that the possibility exists and that you need to be extra careful when responding to it.

We will continuously assess the effectiveness of this decision and reconsider if necessary. For any additional enquiries, please send an email to help@sun.ac.za.

Phishing from staff email

Monday, October 14th, 2019

An email with the subject “Purchase Order 98474” has been sent from a sun email address to staff and students. The email ask you to click on a link to open your purchase order information (also see image below)

This is not a legitimate email, but a phishing attempt from a compromised university account.

By clicking on links and providing your information, you give criminals access to your personal information and your accounts. If you think your account or device has been compromised or you notice suspicious activity:

Immediately change your password on www.sun.ac.za/password.

Contact the IT Service Desk by logging a request or calling 808 4367. 

Phishing from staff email

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Three separate emails with the subjects “Information Service”, “Online course” and “IT communication” from a compromised staff email address were sent to staff and students recently. The emails ask you to click on a link which will open an incident logged on the “Self Service Portal”, click on a link to complete a survey or activate two-factor authentication. One of these used Information Technology’s own branding to try and phish our staff and students.(also see images below)

None of these are legitimate emails, but phishing attempts from a compromised university account.

By clicking on links and providing your information, you give criminals access to your personal information and your accounts.

    • Immediately change your password on www.sun.ac.za/password.
    • Contact the IT Service Desk by logging a request or calling 808 4367.
    • More information is available on our blog and Twitter.

 

Phishing with subject “Verify Your Email To Avoid Disruption”

Friday, June 7th, 2019

An email with the subject “Verify Your Email To Avoid Disruption” which looks as if it’s from “Stellenbosch University – Outlook Office 365” was sent to staff and students. The email asks you to click on a link to verify your Outlook account. (see image)

This is not a legitimate email from Information Technology, but a phishing attempt.

We will never ask you to provide any personal information by means of email. By clicking on links and providing your information, you give criminals access to your personal information and your accounts.

If you clicked on the link in this phishing email, immediately change your password on www.sun.ac.za/password. For enquiries contact the IT Service Desk by logging a request or calling 808 4367. More information on phishing is available on our blog and Twitter.

 

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