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Email Security – Why Are Redirections Bad?

September 7th, 2022 | by
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The third part of our series of articles on e-mail security deals with the identification protocol DKIM and the standard method for e-mail authentication DMARC.

In our first article and second article on the topic of e-mail security, we informed you about the origins of e-mail and the current statistics in mail traffic at RWTH. In addition, we explained what the SMTP protocol is and what problems it can cause.

 

 

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The IT Center’s IT Security Measures

September 2nd, 2022 | by
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With technological progress and the increasing digitization of processes, the topic of IT security is gaining more and more importance. The risks associated with digitalization affect us all. Improper behavior and naivety in dealing with information technology can have serious, costly consequences. That is why the security awareness of users in particular should be actively encouraged. IT security also plays a major role at the IT Center. In this blog, for example, we repeatedly draw your attention to security risks and explain how you can be more aware when using information technology. In this post, we would like to give you an overview of the IT security measures that have been implemented at the IT Center, for both yours and our protection. Read the rest of this entry »

Artificial Intelligence – Curse or Blessing for IT Security?

August 29th, 2022 | by
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We are increasingly coming across the term “artificial intelligence” (AI). Whenever we come across this term that has become a fashionable phenomenon in the media, there are regularly reports about self-thinking AI, fully autonomous means of transport or other similar applications. For many of us, it can be hard to figure out what is actually meant by the term. However, the application areas of AI that seem to be particularly popular in the media are in reality only a very small segment of the actual application field of AI. Many a user would probably even be surprised to know in which areas AI is already being implemented today. In this article, we would like to take a closer look at the term and explain what role artificial intelligence can play in the field of IT security.

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Cyber-Security-Awareness-Training at RWTH – a Review

August 15th, 2022 | by
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No more simulated phishing emails in your inbox? No more access to the eLearning program for employees of the RWTH? That can only mean one thing: the cyber security awareness training at RWTH Aachen University ended for the time being on May 09, 2022.

Today we look back on the training and share the results with you. Read the rest of this entry »

Email Security – The Smtp Protocol and Its Problems (Sending and Receiving)

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In our first article on the topic of e-mail security, we gave an insight into the historical development of e-mail. We briefly explained how e-mail exchange works and referred to the statistics of the e-mail service at RWTH Aachen University.

Today we’ll tell you about the transmission protocol “Simple Mail Transfer Protocol” (SMTP) and its pitfalls.

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Shadow IT: The Underestimated Danger

July 22nd, 2022 | by
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The application of information technology is as diverse as the world around us. IT solutions have now taken a major part in our daily lives. They provide support in our households, assist us during sports and in our leisure activities, and are often a great help in our professional activities as well. This increasing digital affinity offers numerous advantages, but also bears risks. The use of so-called shadow IT in a professional context is growing along with it. Now, what is shadow IT exactly? What opportunities and risks does it hold, and how can a company reduce the use of shadow IT in the best possible way? This article will give you all the answers to these questions. Read the rest of this entry »

CEO Fraud: When “Superiors” ask for Money

June 27th, 2022 | by
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Online fraud schemes are constantly evolving and becoming more devious. In some cases, it can be extremely difficult to spot the scam. Yet one particular fraud method seems to be growing in popularity in recent years and, more importantly, causing ever greater damage: the CEO Fraud. In this article, we’ll explain exactly how this method works and how you can protect yourself from it. Read the rest of this entry »

E-Mail Security – E-Mail & Mail Statistics at RWTH

June 15th, 2022 | by
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About 50 years ago, the first e-mail was sent – albeit between two computer systems that were part of the same local network. In the 1980s, the internet was opened up to a larger circle of users and e-mail was given its own transmission protocol “Simple Mail Transfer Protocol” (SMTP).

Even today, the exchange of messages via e-mail is undoubtedly an important way of exchanging information between parties via an asynchronous communication channel.

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Insider Threat: The Threat from Within

May 16th, 2022 | by
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In an increasingly digitalized world, cyber threats are playing an ever greater role. The pandemic and working at home also favor these threats. In the last two years, the number of cyber attacks has increased sharply. This is also confirmed by a study by EY (german only). The human factor plays a major role in this context. But what if the threat itself comes from within the company’s own ranks? So-called insider threats are often underestimated by many companies and organizations. Yet the effects of such a threat can be devastating. Read the rest of this entry »

IT-SAD: IT-Security Awareness Days 2022

April 22nd, 2022 | by

From the 2nd to the 19th of May 2022, the IT Security Awareness Days will take place for the third time. During these three weeks, a total of 17 online lectures will be held on the topic of IT security (only conducted in the German language). The lectures will be organised by various universities.

So far, the TU Braunschweig, TU Dresden, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Uni Göttingen/GWDG, Uni Osnabrück, Uni Duisburg-Essen and the Uni Köln are actively involved. Read the rest of this entry »