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@MiddInfoSec: Information Security’s ‘Security Scout of the Month’

To help raise awareness about community efforts to prevent significant security issues, Middlebury Information Security has launched a ‘Security Scout of the Month’ award.

This month Information Security would like to recognize Amy Dale who promptly and accurately responded to potential malware activity by unplugging her computer and reaching out to the Help Desk for immediate assistance.

When asked, Amy shared this advice about computer security, “My previous work experience, particularly at AOL, helped prepare me to be more alert and aware of scams. A previous manager always said, “when in doubt, leave it out.”  In other words, when you’re the least bit hesitant, then don’t open/click/download, etc. “

This astute awareness and keen insight is why Amy is this month’s ‘Security Scout of the Month’.

We are excited to celebrate the hard work and security conscious efforts of our community. Please watch for the next ‘Security Scout of the Month’ and help us recognize these efforts.

If you would like to recognize an individual for their information security contributions or would like to raise an information security concern, please contact infosec@middlebury.edu.

@MiddInfoSec: Stay Safe and Secure when Online

When you are reading e-mail or browsing online, be on the lookout for suspicious links and deceptive web pages, which are major sources of malware. Also be careful of downloadable files since they can introduce malware. And remember that additional browser plugins and unused applications require additional patching to remain secure. Here are some suggestions to make your day-to-day computing more productive, safe, and secure.

  • Keep your software up-to-date. Be sure to install antivirus updates and regularly check for and install updates for any applications or browser plugins you may run on your computer. (e.g., Adobe Flash and Java)
  • Be more secure! Don’t enter sensitive or personal information into a URL unless you have verified the address and you have ensured its security by checking that it includes HTTPS.
  • When in doubt, ignore. Don’t click on pop-up windows or extraneous ads. And, don’t click on links in emails or web sites until you have verified their destinations by hovering your mouse over the link.
  • Keep your private information safe. Use a strong, unique password or passphrase for each account, and avoid storing account information on a website. And consider using a digital password wallet such as 1Password or LastPass to secure your passwords.
  • Segregate your browsing activities. Consider using separate browsers for sensitive logins and general web browsing.
  • Use private networks for sensitive transactions. Avoid checking your bank account, making purchases, or logging in to other websites that include sensitive information when using public Wi-Fi.

Go stealth when browsing. Your browser can store quite a bit of information about your online activities, including cookies, cached pages, and history. To ensure the privacy of personal information online, limit access by going “incognito” and using the browser’s private mode.

MSA July Newsletter

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Identity Theft – Prevention & Resolution

READ: Great Finances Need Protection
A key aspect of improving financial wellness and maintaining financial success is incorporating an identity theft protection plan….
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READ: Smart Steps for a Victim
It’s not a matter of if but when you become a victim of identity theft. Take a moment to learn these smart steps for protecting yourself…
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WEBINAR: Financial Peace of Mind
On July 28th, come hear about your opportunity to work with a Money Coach to overcome financial stress and achieve your financial dreams.
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REWARDS: Take Action and Win!
You get the chance to win cool prizes, when you engage in the MSA program, work with a Money Coach, and attend webinars.
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MAKE FINANCES A PRIORITY. SIGN UP FOR THE MSA NEWSLETTER TODAY.

 

HR UPDATE: THIS WEEK’S EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT

There are currently 3 faculty positions, 45 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 3 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

Self Service Banner Demographic Info

To meet a number of mandatory federal reporting obligations, Human Resources is turning on two new survey pages in Self Service Banner (SSB).   These pages will offer you the opportunity to voluntarily provide your veterans and disability status.  Both surveys allow you to opt out if you do not wish to answer.  Once you have completed these surveys’ you will not be asked to complete them again.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Where to buy cameras, lenses, audiovisual etc. equipment – Discount at B&H

Middlebury receives a discount with B&H through its membership with the E&I Cooperative. Most often B&H has the best pricing but it is not our sole vendor so if you find the same product somewhere else for a better price (all inclusive), go for it. Here is a link to a showcase of their products.

For purchases of $10,000 or more:
Contact B&H at (800) 947-8003 extention 7741
Mention that you are purchasing for Middlebury College (even if you are at MIIS), you can also reference the discount number EI2013 which is the E&I Contract we are using. They will give you a quote that includes free shipping. They will give you the discount we receive through E&I and then work on getting you better pricing on top of that.

For purchases below $10,000:
Go to the B&H website via the E&I website. You will receive the discount through our E&I membership – which starts at 0.5% but can get much higher, depending on the product. Free shipping is included.

There are a couple of steps required at this point – once we have e-procurement set up, it will be easier to access the catalogue.

1) Log into the E&I website. If you don’t have a login yet, click on “Not Registered Yet? – use your @middlebury.edu email address (everybody at MIIS does have an email alias with @middlebury.edu)

2) On the right side is a link to “Online Ordering”, click on it.

3) Click on the shopping cart icon next to B&H Photo Video and start shopping.

Here is a visual guide through the process.

Remember if your cart turns to $10,000 or more, don’t click on “Begin Checkout” but instead call the number above to get a quote – you’ll get a better price for your basket when you get the quote.

You can find this information and more contracts at the go/purchasing webpage.

Frank Winkler receives grant from NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute for Collaborative Research

Frank Winkler (Emeritus Professor, Physics) has been awarded funding from the NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute for his role in a collaborative research project involving researchers at Curtin University in Australia and Johns Hopkins University. This project entails observations from the Hubble Space Telescope and is titled Diagnosing the super-Eddington accretion/outflow regime using the microquasar MQ1 in M83. The goal of the observations, which come as a follow-up to previous studies from Hubble and from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, is to better understand an unusual black hole in the southern spiral galaxy M83, also known as the southern pinwheel. Previous studies suggest that the black hole provides the energy source for radiation in excess of what simple physics models allow (the “Eddington limit”) , and has done so for thousands of years. The team hopes to learn how this is possible, or else why this interpretation may be incorrect.

Join the Friends of International Students Host Program!

Dear Faculty and Staff-

Our Friends of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process for the recently admitted Class of 2020 has begun! The Class of 2020 will include more than 70 international students, including some U.S. students who have lived abroad and international exchange students. Please contact us if you’re interested in hosting in the fall and spread the word in our community.

International Student & Scholar Services will hold a series of information meetings about the program  on the second floor of the Service Building. We ask that new hosts attend a meeting so that we can meet them and share more information about the program. If you are an experienced host, we welcome you to join us as your stories and insights are vital to friends who are new to FIS and trying to decide if they would be a good fit for the program.

Here is our upcoming meeting schedule:

  • Thursday, August 4 from 5:15 to 6:30p.m.
  • Monday, August 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

To register for a meeting, please email ISSS at isss@middlebury.edu (subject line: FIS Host Program) or call us at 802.443.5858. Feel free to bring your lunch to our afternoon meetings.

You can learn more about the FIS Host Program on our website at: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/isss/fis .

Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.

We invite all who are interested to become a part of this wonderful program!

We look forward to hearing from you!

July EFAP News: Maintaining Your Health as You Age

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FEATURED ARTICLE:

Maintaining Your Health as You Age
No matter our age, it is important to care for ourselves physically, emotionally, and socially. As we mature, we need to take the right steps so we can live the most productive and fulfilling lives that we possibly can. 

IN YOUR 20’s

Lay the groundwork for lasting, health habits such as:  maintaining a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, avoiding tanning beds and regularly using sunscreen, shunning illegal substances, wearing your seat belt, and ensuring you receive adequate sleep. Enjoy your youth, energy, and stamina; however, be careful to avoid overexertion, dehydration, and risky behavior. Commit yourself to positive social avenues, such as volunteering, to reduce stress and stay emotionally engaged with others. You may be finishing college and tackling your first real job in this decade. Elevated responsibility may lead to stress and depression. Look for ways to find balance in your life, and if you experience symptoms of depression, reach out to e4health.

 

IN YOUR 30’s

Maintain proper nutrition and be cognizant of your intake of iron, calcium, folic acid, Vitamin D, and other significant vitamins and minerals. This is especially true for women as many are planning families now. A woman feeds into her bone health until about the age of 35, and then that bank of bone health is what is used for the rest of her life. Establish a healthy BMI, and start having blood work done at your physicals to create baseline readings. Take care of your skin with proper hydration, sun screen, and moisturizers. Build muscle. One of the most common health complaints of “30 something’s” is back pain. A strong abdominal core along with good posture, weight bearing exercises, and stretching will go a long way to caring for your back.

 

IN YOUR 40’s

Schedule regular check-ups, continue exercising, and eating healthy because this is the decade where many health concerns may creep up. Ensure you are covering all areas such as medical, dental, and vision check-ups. Changes in energy and mood are normal as we age; however, extreme anxiety, loss of interest in things you once loved, or social withdrawal is not healthy. If this happens, talk to a healthcare provider or e4health.

 

IN YOUR 50’s

Risks for chronic health conditions increase as we age, so it is imperative to stay on the path paved with a healthy diet, exercise, and social activity as much as possible. Many women go through menopause during this decade. Talk to your doctor about how to successfully navigate this stage of life. Some men may start experiencing hair loss, prostate issues, or erectile dysfunction. Seek counsel from your doctor on any questions or concerns you may have so you can maintain ideal health.

 

IN YOUR 60’s

Many individuals are thinking about retirement now, or you may determine that working longer is best for you. No matter your plan, healthy habits can help you navigate your 60s with fun and enthusiasm. Be sure to continue regular doctor appointments, stay engaged socially, and challenge yourself. Take a class, learn a new skill, or play “mental fitness” games on your tablet, computer, or phone. Remember to exercise your mind as well as your body.

 

IN YOUR 70’s AND BEYOND

Studies show that stress has a huge impact on your health, and that seniors have an increased risk for depression. Continue your healthy living habits, and focus on being thankful. Count your blessings, not your anxiety triggers. Capture your joy, cling to your spirituality, and hold on to your sense of humor. Be as active as possible – mentally, physically, and spiritually.

 

Life happens. We grow older, experience many ups and downs, navigate careers, walk through numerous family challenges, and cope with infinite changes. The one constant can be how we care for ourselves. Your body is the engine that propels you through the day. Healthy food is the fuel for that engine. Exercise builds the strong framework that supports the engine. Mental fitness is the computer brain that controls the engine. And social interaction, well, that is your model and color. Some days you are a flashy red Corvette, other days you may be the conservative beige station wagon.

 

It doesn’t matter what you drive, as long as you put the right fuel in the tank, get the vehicle maintained, and take her out once in a while.

FREE Webinar:

Taking Care of Your Skin

July 19th

12-1pm and 3-4pm EST

11-12am and 2-3pm CST

10-11am and 1-3pm MST

9-10am and 

12-1pm PST

Having healthy skin is important not only for your appearance, but because your skin performs so many important tasks for your body. This webinar will provide an understanding of the various functions of the human skin, some of the common disorders of the skin, and how to maintain good skin health. 

REGISTER TODAY!

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Click on the time you would like to attend above


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www.HelloE4.com with your username and password. On the homepage, click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS,” and follow the easy instructions.

THIS MONTH LET US BE YOUR RESOURCE FOR:

Counseling to address the emotional aspects of any health condition you or a family member may be concerned about

Online learning via our webinar, “Taking Care of Your Skin” on July 19th

Articles and tips on topics related to health and self-care

Biometric screenings and health risk assessments (HRAs)

Resources and referrals to traditional and alternative medical providers, as well as specialized health care treatment facilities in your area

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For whatever work or life issue is on your mind, or for anything related to daily living that you could use some extra help with, let us be your resource. It’s free, it’s confidential, and it’s available to you, as well as your family and household members. Just call or log on to get started.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
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