UW Information Technology

Security


May 16, 2022

New email filtering system blocks millions of spam and phishing emails

student in front of computer

UW-IT’s help desk has been receiving some unusual queries from the UW community recently, such as, “I’m not getting any spam or phishing emails. Is there something wrong with my email?”


October 4, 2021

In the never-ending battle against unwanted email, UW enlists new guardian

Student using mobile phone with graphic element depicting floating envelopes as a metaphor for incoming email.

The UW’s new email filtering platform comes with superior scanning abilities to help protect UW email from millions of needless, and sometimes dangerous, messages.


May 28, 2021

UW-IT bolsters security for research and education

It’s called spoofing, but it’s not just something for laughs on YouTube. It’s when malicious entities slither around on networks that connect to the internet, pretending they’re from a known, trusted source while they try to steal data or otherwise wreak havoc.


February 28, 2020

Latest financial aid enhancements better reflect students’ dynamic living situations

In the first step towards a substantial improvement to provide students with the right financial aid as their living and school situations change, the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) has moved from annual to quarterly student cost calculations.


January 15, 2020

Beware of phishing emails asking for W-2 information

A message to the UW community provides information to help students, faculty and staff protect their UW NetID and password from phishing attacks, which increase during tax season.


December 5, 2019

University-wide benefits stem from collaborative document management project

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With a new IT system in place, the Office of Academic Personnel has drastically reduced its reliance on paper files, while also making records management more efficient and record-keeping more secure.


September 23, 2019

New UW Data Collaborative seeks to bring latest computing tools and data to researchers

In a highly collaborative institution such as the UW, where cutting-edge research performed by multidisciplinary teams is now the norm, confining data to a single cold room, and to a single investigator, limits its utility. The UW Data Collective has found a better way to share data and foster collaboration.


September 16, 2019

New study will investigate how to keep smart building technologies secure

To increase energy performance and reduce operational costs, universities and governmental and business organizations, including the University of Washington, are increasingly turning to Internet of Things (IoT) to help manage their buildings. But these features can also introduce security vulnerabilities.


June 19, 2019

Security enhancements to UW network foil cyberattacks

A team of UW-IT engineers and cybersecurity experts collaborate with staff from UW Medicine IT Services to block the most vulnerable UW network ports from incoming Internet traffic, and prevent malware from spreading.


May 30, 2019

Combatting phone and email spam with new tech and constant vigilance

Man receiving emails on his laptop

A robust response by UW-IT, including a new line phone-call-blocking application and an additional layer of email scanning, is reducing spam, and with it, costly disruptions.