Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Phishing scheme opens data breach potential on San Francisco campus

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Campus administrators and faculty are not immune to the email plague of phishing. That became evident at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) this week when a physician was fooled into revealing a username and password to hackers. An official looking email made to look like it was sent by university computer security staff asked the doc to provide the information. It is unclear whether any sensitive information was accessed but the employee’s email account did include information about patients, including demographic and clinical data as well as Social Security numbers of four patients. Though commonly thought of in financial circles, it is clear that campus employees and faculty need to be educated about such threats and remain vigilant. [end] 

A month-old security policy at Emerson College, called Tap and Go already has some off-campus students raising safety and usability concerns.

Under the new system, everyone entering an Emerson campus building must tap their IDs or be signed in. The policy also mandates that the outside doors of residence halls be locked automatically, requiring a campus ID to enter, according to a report in the Berkeley Beacon.

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A new student service that has been gaining momentum in recent months is university-run food pantries. These pantries are designed to offer reprieve for struggling students in need of a meal, and Topeka, Kansas’ Washburn University is the latest to join the trend.

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St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is now providing its students with mobile printing at the university’s many computer labs. There’s just one problem, students are yet to take advantage.

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Texas Christian University is working with fraternity and sorority organizations and university police to update its procedures regarding off-campus social events. At the heart of the new procedures is OrgSync, a software program that creates an online campus community that helps an institution connect and engage with its students.

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The life of a college student is anything but lavish, and between tuition payments, living and food expenses, for some it can be difficult to make ends meet. It’s for this reason that the University of Toledo has opened its own food pantry for students in need of a meal.

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Apple’s recent iPhone 6 launch was a big deal for tech junkies the world over, but could this latest iPhone release redefine the campus card as we know it? Could the iPhone 6 actually replace the ID card altogether?

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