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MCSC Introduces:
National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity by both the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

University of Maine System recognized as one of the nation's premier academic leaders in the area of cybersecurity education

The federal government has recognized the University of Maine System (UMS) as one of the nation's premier academic leaders in the area of cybersecurity education. The National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated the UMS as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity (CAE/IAE), a designation that honors schools excelling in the development of professionals who help protect national security information systems.
Posted: October 2014

MCSC Featured on CBS News

On September 24 2014 CBS Evening News featured the Maine Cyber Security Cluster and its laboratory space, located on the USM campus, in a national story about educating students in arts and science of cyber security. The video and article can be found here.
Posted: September 2014

August Vulnerabilities and Notes from CERT

List of current vulnerabilities Posted: August 2014

P.F. Chang's Possible Data Breach

P.F. Chang's announced that it is investigating a possible data breach. Thousands of credit and debit card information may have been stolen. Read more about it here.

Current Vulnerabilities and Notes as Reported by CERT.

List of current vulnerabilities

Microsoft announced (3/24/2014) an in the wild exploit of Word v. 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013.

Because of the way Outlook and Word interact on the windows operating system this should be considered an outlook vulnerability as well but that portion of the exploit has not been seen in the wild.

The basic outline of the attack is to take advantage of a problem with how word handles RTF (Rich Text Format) files (*.rtf) to execute code that will install a backdoor and then other malware will follow. Microsoft is working on the issue.

This is a "nasty" exploit because it affects many systems and uses the rtf format that is often used to exchange documents between systems.

Microsoft's technical note can be found here.

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News & Updates

MCSC, CSO and USM Introduce:

The Small Business Cyber Security Guide

This guide was created to provide an overview of cyber security best practices for small businesses and to be a starting point to plan how to follow these best practices. Cyber security intrusions are very real and are increasing daily.

Download SBCS Guide     Download SBCS Trifold

Updated: August 2014

MCSC Ribbon Cutting

Posted: August 2014
MCSC will be having it's ribbon cutting event on August 26th, 2014
More information can be found here.