Computing Services and Instructional Technology

SECURITY ALERT: Updated assessment of "NotPetya" (this weeks's cyber attacks)

Security firms are re-assessing the most recent wave of cyber-attacks which spread across the world in the last 48 hours.  These attacks were initially thought to be ransomware attacks comparable to the "WannaCry" virus and following a similar trajectory.  "WannaCry" mapped a similar infection trajectory about four weeks ago.  Security firms investigating the current attacks - now being called

SECURITY ALERT: New, widespread ransomware attacks reported across Europe

News agencies are reporting this morning a new wave of cyber attacks are hitting computers across Europe.  The pattern is similar to the spread of the so-called "WannaCry" ransomware attacks several weeks past.  Initial reports are that the attacks struck targets in the Ukraine and in Russia first, then rapidly spread west to Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom.  The expectation is th

NWU VPN services have been restored

We are pleased to report that the NWU VPN service has been restored.  Should you experience any trouble connecting to the NWU network via your VPN software, please do not hesitate to contact the CSIT Office at 402-465-2341 or to enter a help request at .

NWU VPN connection temporarily unavailable

The network appliance which facilitates virtual private network (VPN) connections to internal computing resources is temporarily unavailable.  The device - referred to as a MAG 2600 by Pulse Secure - suffered a hardware failure on Saturday morning.  We are working with support at Pulse Secure to diagnose and resolve the issue, but there is no current estimate regarding time for resolution.

SECURITY ALERT: Massive ransomware attack across Europe

There is breaking news of a massive ransomware attack which is impacting computer system across Europe.  The ransomware variant – being called “WannaCry” – has so far had the widest reported spread in Russia, England and Spain, but it is also reported in a number of other countries.

Colleague, WebAdvsior and Informer downtime Saturday May 13

Shawn will be in Saturday May 13 running windows updates on our administrative servers.  This will require brief downtime for Colleague, WebAdvisor, and Informer since he will need to reboot servers after the updates have completed.  We are not certain when this will happen, probably mid-morning.  These systems should not be down long (maximum 20 – 30 minutes).    Please plan accordingly.