Telephony Service Degraded

The University telephony service has now been restored to full functionality.

The reason for outage was due to two major breaks in the BT lines provided to us by Vodafone. As both our main line and our backup line went down at roughly the same time our resiliency was lost.

We are currently working with Vodafone to create a solution that will provide more resiliency in the future to prevent this issue re-occurring.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

QUEMIS Currently Unavailable

At present we are in the process of migrating QUEMIS (estates and building repairs request system) to the new version. As a result of this the older system has to be taken offline to ensure that the data is copied to the new system correctly.

This means that there will be a downtime from 2:30 today until tomorrow at which point the new system will take over.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused in the meantime

Retiring Microsoft 2011 for managed macs

As of the Tue 10 Oct, Microsoft will no longer offer support for Office 2011 on Mac (e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook etc). If you are using this version on your managed PC, please uninstall it and upgrade to 2016 so you continue to receive security updates.

How do I upgrade to 2016?

  1. Go to the Self Service window on your Mac desktop.
  2. Click the Common/Optional category
  3. Click Install next to Microsoft Office 2016

If you are unable to install this, it may mean that your PC is over 9 years old and cannot run the new update. If this is the case, we would recommend that your device be replaced and that you contact your manager or department head to discuss this.

Uninstalling Microsoft 2011

It is important that you remove the older software, as it is considered vulnerable.

  1. Go to the Self Service window on your Mac desktop
  2. Click the Maintenance category
  3. Uninstall Microsoft 2011

If you would like further support when upgrading, please contact Help4U.

 

Training on how to best use the software

Various OPD courses are available or you can visit Lynda.com.

Fake Invoice Emails

There are fake emails landing in the inboxes of some University Users today.  The original email looks like the following:

From: xxxxxx <sales@dundee.ac.uk>
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10:03:58 AM
To: xxxxxx(Staff)
Subject: INVOICE

Dear Sir,

PLEAS FIND ATTACHED YOUR INVOICE AS REQUESTED.

Thank you and Kind regard’s

xxxxxxx
For Techno-Packaging.

P Please consider the environment – only print this e-mail if absolutely necessary

 

If you receive one of these emails, please do not reply to it or click any links in the body of the email – instead, please report the issue to help4u@dundee.ac.uk

Delayed Implementation: New Email Security Feature

This change was not implemented on Tue 15 Aug due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Sender Policy Framework (SPF) will instead be applied to the University’s email system on Thu 28 Sep. This best practice measure is part of an ongoing effort to help everyone stay safe and secure.

What does SPF do?
It passes your received email through an automatic ‘check’ to:

  • Verify that it comes from the University’s email system
  • Confirm that the displayed sender address matches the one found in the email header (i.e. it is not from a ‘spoofed’ account)

SPF inserts a warning message into any email that fails either/both of these checks to let you know it carries the tell-tale signs of an illegitimate message. From then on, it is up to you to make some informed decisions.


Will I notice anything different?
Potentially, yes. If any of the emails you receive fail the SPF check, they will be tagged with text (outlined below) in the subject line and the email body itself as a header to highlight this to you:

  • Subject line: ‘UNVERIFIED SENDER’
  • Email body: ‘The University e-mail system cannot verify the authenticity of this message; treat it with caution’

Does that mean it’s definitely spam?
No. The check itself is not 100% fool proof and on occasion, it may fail legitimate emails. If there are grounds for you to think this is the case, for example you were expecting an email from that person or on that subject, personally check with the sender to confirm their email is genuine before engaging with anything in it.

What is it for then?
SPF is here to enhance your ability to identify malicious emails, not to replace your important and continued role in the process of doing so. Please always consider each email you receive with care and exercise the sound thinking we’ve shared with you on many occasions before interacting with any links, attachments or calls to action they contain, as we know you already endeavour to do.

What should I do if I receive an email with the warning message?

  • Follow the advice given above and be cautious with it until you are confident it is legitimate. If you cannot confirm this yourself, please contact IT via Help4U so we can investigate on your behalf.
  • Follow the instructions below in the event the email is suspicious and we will apply appropriate technical measures to prevent that sender entering anything into your email system again.

How do I report a suspicious email?
Send (do not forward) it to us as an attachment using the instructions on this webpage.

Why are we doing this?
Every day brings with it more headlines about accounts being hacked, ransomware attacks making their way around the world and systems being compromised. The University takes security seriously and SPF is a small factor we can introduce that will help you contribute to keeping your place of work or study as cyber safe as it can be.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this delay, particularly to anyone who has received suspicious emails in the interim.

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please contact us via Help4U (ref C1707-023).