Students, faculty and staff should immediately update all personal and NDSU-owned devices to protect against a recently discovered security vulnerability.
The vulnerability, which is in device chips made by Intel and other companies, can be used to steal passwords and other sensitive information. It can also be used to gain administrative access to devices.
IT staff are taking steps to protect the campus, including updating computers in labs and classrooms, along with workstation computers managed by ITS Desktop Support.
We recommend you take the following actions to protect your devices and data:
- Make sure all your devices (e.g., desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets) are up-to-date with security patches.
- Log out of your accounts, including email and banking accounts, and close your web browser when finished to protect your account passwords.
- Remember to always back up your data to another device or storage option (e.g., NDSU File Services, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive). Be mindful to store sensitive data – including FERPA and HIPAA protected data – only in systems that are suitable for those data.
Contact the IT Help Desk at 701-231-8685 if you have any questions about this notification.