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The protection of information resources at McNeese State University is a high priority. The Information Security website is designed to educate the university community about technology policies and information security best practices, and equip students, faculty and staff with the tools needed to protect the information resources of the University, it's members and connected networks. McNeese State University is committed to implementing policies and encouraging best practices that do not impose on the University's established culture of openness, trust, and integrity.

Please read the Policies, Guidelines, and Laws Relating to Information Security.


McNeese will NEVER ask for account information via email. Messages about quotas, upgrades or maintenance are likely Phishing attempts.

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Apple iOS


Executive Summary

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Apple's mobile operating system, iOS. These vulnerabilities can be exploited by an attacker having physical access to the device, or if the user visits a specially crafted webpage. Successful exploitation could result in an attacker executing arbitrary code, cause denial-of-service conditions, gain unauthorized access, acquire sensitive information, bypass security restrictions, and perform other unauthorized actions.

Threat Intelligence

Due to the trivial nature of these vulnerabilities, there is not any known proof-of-concept code available.

System Affected

  • Apple iOS Prior to 7.1.2


  • Large and medium government entities: High
  • Small government entities: High

    Updates for Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player


    Executive Summary

    A security update has been released to address multiple vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player. Adobe Flash Player is a widely distributed multimedia and application player used to enhance the user experience when visiting web pages or reading email messages. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Failed exploit attempts will likely cause denial-of-service conditions.

    Threat Intelligence

    There currently no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.

    Systems Affected

    • Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows
    • Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Macintosh
    • Adobe Flash

    Phishing Attempts Continue To Plague Universities

    Ignore and Delete Suspicious Email

    McNeese State University is often the subject of phishing attempts in which an email claims to be from a group or person at MSU or claims to be specifically related to University business. Some of the recent attempts claim that your email has exceeded its quota or that you need to verify your account due to a service upgrade. Various other models are seen from time to time, as well. These are fraudulent and should be deleted.

    If you received the below email or similar, please ignore and delete it. This is a phishing attempt.

    From: "Technical Support"
    Reply To:

    You are required to click on the link to verify your email account because we are upgrading our webmail.

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