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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St. Edward’s University, like many other institutions, uses student ID cards for physical access to campus buildings as well as to make purchases on campus. These functions are in place as a safety measure and St. Edward’s is making sure to stress this to its students.

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Students attending the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus can now ride Pinellas County buses for free when they show drivers their student ID.

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Drake University has added more contactless door readers following positive feedback on campus.

In response to faculty, students and staff, Drake Public Safety officials have are adding 11 new doors to the university’s electronic locking system.

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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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Syracuse University did not consider its entire student body when making the decision to add a new, more expensive technology feature to Syracuse University ID cards. At least that’s the general consensus around campus.

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