UCL Computer Security Newsletter - June 2006
The purpose of this newsletter is to keep all security reps and other
interested parties informed about what is happening around UCL
regarding computer security. Further information from the Computer
Security Team is always available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cert.
Microsoft is planning to release nine security updates for Windows
tonight, some deemed critical. Also Exchange (important) and Office
(critical) updates expected.
2. Institutional Firewall
It is UCL policy that all departments will be protected by the
institutional firewall. We are contacting departments with a
schedule for placing them behind the Institutional Firewall.
We currently stand at having over half of UCL subnets behind the
3. Security course
We have arranged for UKERNA to come in and run their security course
again. Location is yet to be determined (will be either on the
central campus or at Royal Free campus, depending on relative
numbers) but the course will run on Wednesday 16th August 2006.
Further details on approximate course content can be found at
http://www.ja.net/services/training/courses/security.html [Link no longer available]
Please let us know (email cert(at)ucl.ac.uk) by Friday 14th July if you
wish to attend. Depending on response, it may be necessary to limit
attendance to one person per department (except the department that
has asked us to set this up).
We are offering this course to UCL staff free, but please note there
will be a charge of £50 for any cancellation made with less than
THREE working days' notice, whatever the reason. This is policy
across UCL. When applying for a course, UCL staff will be asked to
provide an account code before the booking is confirmed. £50 will be
automatically charged to your department if UCL Computer Security
Team is not notified (by email to cert(at)ucl.ac.uk) that you are unable
to attend the course at least three working days before the event.
UCL staff wishing to attend the course but not able to provide an
account code can send us a cheque for £50 (made payable to University
College London). This will be returned to you when you attend the
course, or sent back to you provided you give at least three working
days' notice of any cancellation.
Last time the course was run, we had a couple of no-shows on the day
and people on a waiting list, but it was too late to contact them.
4. Forum moderation
This is a reminder that care must be taken when setting up discussion
fora. There are legal implications concerning moderation. Please
see the document entitled "Notes on legal issues relating to
websites" at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cert/goodpractice.html (section 3
in particular) for further details.
Please note all correspondence from the UCL Computer Security Team is
digitally signed either with personal PGP keys or the CERT team key
(public keys available from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cert/contacts.html).
This newsletter and previous ones are available at
We welcome feedback on the content and organisation of documents on
our web page.