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News and Announcements

Inbound Spam Filtering and Digest Messages

To provide better protection against unwanted and malicious email, we have implemented a new spam filtering tool for CUMC email accounts as of June 19th. A spam digest alert is being tested to notify CUMC accounts that have had messages quarantined as spam, we expect to have it available for all accounts in the near future. The digest will allow you to safely view and release any quarantined messages, and manage any senders to automatically block or safelist their address or email domain. We will post more information soon.

In the meantime if you believe you may have valid messages that have been blocked by the spam filter, please contact your IT support staff or the CUMC IT Service Desk (5-Help, option 5) for assistance.

Echo360 Special Event Recordings Removal in Progress, Course Recording Removals Scheduled

Maintenance in Echo 360 requires "purges" or removal of old recordings. Purged recordings are no longer available to be viewed or accessible in Echo, and must be downloaded before any purge if needed. Currently we are working on the following:

  • Immediate - Special Event recordings captured prior to the current year are being removed
  • June 30th, 2015 - Course recordings captured in 2012 are being removed
If you need to keep a recording please use online instructions to download and save copies on your computer or other desired external storage. Also be sure to update or remove any links within CourseWorks to purged recordings. See this FAQ for general information about availability of recordings.
Please email cumcecho360@columbia.edu with any questions.

New File Transfer Program

DatAnywhere is being made available as a secure way to share large files with others outside of CUMC. Full information on its use and requirements can be found on the DatAnywhere File Sharing page. Please review the page to make sure it is a good fit for your work or research related needs, then contact your Certified IT Group to request trial access.

Continued Alert for Phishing and Ransomware Attacks

Although the recent infection of CUMC systems and files has died down, we ask that everyone remain vigilant against possible attacks. Institutions dealing with medical and personnel data are a major target for cyber criminals due to the potential value of this information. While attacks will continue to evolve, being an informed and alert technology user is the best way to prevent issues ranging from minor annoyances such as spam to a widespread outbreak resulting in massive data loss, ransom threats, work stoppage (some for entire departments), and severe penalties for data breaches or other policy violations.

  • Do NOT open attachments or click on links in unsolicited messages, even if you recognize the sender.
    • Some malware will use an infected system's email to send messages, while links and addresses can be spoofed to look like a trusted source.
    • See our Email Security page for more details and help.
  • Make sure your computers and devices are running vetted anti-virus and anti-spyware programs.
    • These programs must also receive regular updates - information about new malware - and run regular full scans of the system to look for infected files.
  • Contact your IT support for any questions or to report any suspicious activity.
    • Follow any instructions you receive without skipping steps to avoid re-infection or further spread.
    • If you believe a system is infected, disconnect it from the network (including turning off wireless) and remove any external devices.
    • Change any account passwords you may have used during the infection.
  • Educate yourself whenever possible.
Knowing how to prevent issues and operate securely will help not only with work or school but with your own personal technology and data.

Archived News and Announcements for 2015

Virus/Ransomware Alert - Do Not Open Any .exe Files

Inbound Spam Filtering Rollout Begins June 19th

Email and MC Account Suspension for Incomplete Annual Security and Privacy Training

CUMC IT Website Partial Downtime Thursday June 10th from 9am to Noon

Wired Network Requests Must Be Placed by Certified IT Groups

Reminder to Vacate Student Lockers

Annual Security and Privacy Training Deadline Has Passed

CubMail Account Space Removal for CUMC Exchange Users

Some Shared Network P: Drives are Read Only

Phishing Email "Alert on CubMail Account"

Echo 360 Lecture System Downtime Through Sunday March 29th

Echo 360 Lecture System Scheduled Downtime March 23rd to 27th

Spam Messages and Attachments

Information Security and HIPAA Privacy Training for 2014 to 2015

Spam Email Titled "Invoice"

Macintosh OS 10.10 Yosemite and Outlook/Office 365 for Mac Released

CROWN Scan Troubleshooting

BlackBerry OS 10 Required

Archived News and Announcements for 2014

Network Addresses Will Default to Local

ServiceNow Classes Offered

iOS 8 and Athens/VPN

Security Upgraded on Network Drives as of Thursday May 22nd

CROWN Scheduled Downtime Saturday October 18th from 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Listserv Upgrade to Version 16 on Completed

Echo Sporadic Downtimes, Removal of Old Recordings

CROWN (ColumbiaDoctors) and iCharge Downtime Saturday August 16th from 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Microsoft Announcement for Windows 7 Support

More Phishing Emails Link to Fake Login Sites

Network and Bradford Registration Downtime Thursday June 5th from 5pm to 7pm

Patch Released for Internet Explorer Vulnerability

Microsoft Ended Support for Windows XP, Office 2003 on April 8th, 2014 - Upgrade to Avoid Risks

More Phishing Emails Link to Fake Login Sites

IDX .Net Errors

Unpatched Internet Explorer Vulnerability

Spam Message for "New Consolidated IT Policies"

MC Domain and Exchange Account Password Requirements

Network Interruptions in Hammer Building from 5pm to 8pm Sunday April 13th - The CUMC IT Service Desk Will Close at 5pm

O and P Network Drive Interruptions and Downtime March 22nd and 23rd

Echo360 Downtime Fri March 21st noon to 12:20pm

iPhone, iPad and Mac Security Update

RASCAL Access Suspension Due to Non-Compliance

Using Outlook Tutorials

Required Online HIPAA Training Deadline

IDX Error Resolution

Some "P" Network Drives Unavailable Friday February 14th 10:00pm Through Saturday February 15th 6:00am

CROWN Use via Citrix Only After February 2nd

CROWN Downtime Friday January 31st at 9pm to Sunday February 2nd at noon; Citrix Update Required

Crown EHR Downtime Saturday January 25th from 9pm to Midnight

Proxy Auto-Configuration Changed On January 13th 2014

Important Columbia Email Changes for CUMC Affiliates

Macintosh OS 10.9 Not Yet Supported



Older posts can be found on the Archived Announcements page.