Reminder: Banner Login Changes Scheduled July 13, 2018

Login changes are coming for Banner for all SHSU faculty, staff, and student employees. It is important that you take action now and enroll by tomorrow, July 13, to avoid access delays.

How to Enroll
1. Download Duo Mobile app from Duo Security, Inc. (Google Play or Apple App Store).
2. Enroll from your desktop computer.

What Are the Changes?
SHSU is implementing two-factor authentication to Banner to increase security by requiring a second device (like your smartphone) to verify your identity. This prevents anyone from logging in to Banner, even with a compromised password.

You will be prompted for two-factor authentication for the first Banner program that you access (on and off campus) once every 7 days.

For additional information, visit http://www.shsu.edu/duo or view the Duo Guide to Two-Factor Authentication.

Should you have any questions, concerns, or trouble enrolling, please contact the IT@Sam Service Desk.

Banner Login Changes Scheduled for July 13, 2018

Cyber-attacks against businesses, government institutions, banks and universities are on the rise. If any attack is successful, it could mean the compromise of your personally identifiable information such as your name, birth date, social security number, and bank account information, just to mention a few.

Sam Houston State University is committed to protecting your data. As a result, we are enabling two-factor authentication for Banner access on July 13, 2018 at 6 PM. This includes all Banner Administrative Programs (formerly INB) and SSB applications for faculty, staff, and student employees.

What is two-factor authentication?
Odds are you are already familiar with two-factor authentication if you use online banking. Most banks will send a text message if they notice that you are logging in from an “unknown” device to verify that it is you making the login attempt.

Two-factor authentication adds an additional layer of security to your login credentials by requiring a second device (like your smartphone) to verify your identity. This prevents anyone from logging in to Banner, even with a compromised password.

How does it work?
Two-factor authentication is simple.

two-factor process flow

You will be prompted for two-factor authentication for the first Banner program that you access (on and off campus) once every 7 days.

How do I get started?

  1. Download Duo Mobile app from Duo Security, Inc. (Google Play or Apple App Store)
  2. Enroll from your desktop computer.

For additional information, visit http://www.shsu.edu/duo or view the Duo Guide to Two-Factor Authentication. Should you have any questions, concerns, or trouble enrolling, please contact the IT@Sam Service Desk.

Campus Phishing Alert – 6/18/2018

Many received an email sent June 18, 2018  with the subject of “Sign up! Extra Earning” or “Sign up And Earn Now” and looked like the example below.

Screenshot of Phishing Email

The link included in the message was directed to a malicious site that requests your username and password.  IT Security has already contacted the appropriate parties in order for them to remove the malicious site.

If you still have an email in your inbox with the subject of “Sign up! Extra Earning” or “Sign up And Earn Now”, please delete the email. No further action is required.

If you have already opened the email and visited the site and entered your username and password, please:

  • change your password as soon as possible at https://samweb.shsu.edu, by clicking on the IT@Sam menu, then on Account Password Change; and
  • contact the Service Desk (this will help us determine the magnitude of the Phishing incident).

Please contact the Service Desk should you have any questions, concerns, or trouble resetting your password.

Thank you,

IT@Sam Service Desk

 

Phone Scams – Be Alert

Traffic Sign with the words Scam AlertWe want to remind you that phone scams happen frequently and remind you to stay alert. The calls can be received on  any campus phone or cell phone. Although there are many different types of phone scams, the most common types are: IRS Scams, Jury Duty Scams, Tech Support Scams, and Government Grant Scams.

Most recently, a Government Imposter Scam is gaining momentum at universities and businesses around the country, including in Houston. Specifically, this scam impersonates the Chinese Consulate and claim’s the individual’s immigration status may be in jeopardy.

We know that identifying a scam can be tricky and with caller ID spoofing, this tricky task can become extremely difficult. Here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of a phone scam:

  • Be suspicious. Never trust a name or number on your caller ID. It is ok to hang up if something does not feel “right.”
  • Never allow an unknown person access to your computer.
  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, social security numbers, and passwords.
  • Never wire money to or purchase a gift card for a person you do not know.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. If the scam involved access to Sam Houston State University equipment, contact the IT@Sam Service Desk immediately.

Stay safe, Bearkats.