On Tuesday, June 19 between 11pm and midnight there will be scheduled maintenance on specific servers that house McGill network drives. Additionally, as the \\INSTALL drive will be unavailable, users will be unable to access software installation packages (e.g. Trend Micro antivirus, AlertUs, EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, etc.) stored on this server during the maintenance.
Due to necessary switch maintenance over the next 3 days, several buildings/areas at Macdonald campus will be without power for approximately 2 hours. Network connectivity will also be lost once the UPS backup batteries die, which occurs about 20 minutes after work begins. See full announcement for affected buildings and times.
McGill's Online Surveys site (surveys.mcgill.ca) will be unavailable for a period of about 10 minutes on Saturday, June 16, between 6 am and 6:30 am, due to a scheduled upgrade. The upgrade contains security updates and changes to some of the toolbar items. Survey administrators have been contacted by email with additional details.
Banner/Minerva and the myMcGill portal will be unavailable from June 16 at 10 pm to June 17 at 2 am, for regular monthly maintenance.
If you are still connecting to the McGill Wireless Network using the unencrypted SSID (network name): “mcgill.ca” you should instead configure your laptops, smartphones and other devices to connect using the WPA (Wi-Fi protected Access) protocol: “wpa.mcgill.ca”. Find step-by-step instructions at: http://kb.mcgill.ca/it/wireless
An email is circulating with the Subject: "Abuse. Your email is blacklisted" and a link containing malicious files. Please delete this email without clicking any links.
A non-email form of phishing attack is being launched at education institutions. Victims are sent a physical (snail) mail, not email, indicating a possible security issue they should be aware of. Details are supposedly included on an enclosed DVD. If you receive such a DVD, DO NOT insert it into your computer. Report the incident to infosec [at] mcgill [dot] ca immediately.
As you may have heard in the news, LinkedIn has confirmed that over 6 million user passwords have been compromised and posted online. While it does not appear that associated email addresses were included in the leaked data, there is still a risk if you use the same password across many sites, including the McGill and your home network.
Saturday June 9 between 6:00 am and 12:00 pm there will be a maintenance event on the electrical infrastructure of Burnside Hall. All Central IT systems housed in the centre will be on emergency power during this time.
The new myCourses system will be unavailable for a 2 hour maintenance period on Saturday, June 9, from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.