ACAC MINUTES – DECEMBER 2nd, 2015 MEETING
2-3 pm, President’s Board Room
Khalid Bibi, Jesse Blum, Deb Burhans (Secretary), Scott Clark, Larry Deni, Marianne Djuth, Dan Drew, Christy Hoffman, Mark Gallimore, Charlie Goodsell, Pat Johnson, BJ Khang, Dave Koenig, Nicholas Lorgnier, Leah MacVie, Susan Margulis, Mark Meyer, Fr. Marty Moleski, Fr. Mike Pastizzo, Yvonne Widenor, Chuck Wigley (Chair)
Christmas Party! Chuck’s train is here! Lots of food!
I. ITS Updates & Cylance Security Software (Scott Clark)
The College has a new way of protecting computers, some users have noticed, some have not. This new software is helping ITS get out in front of some problems they have been having. For example, the virus Cryptolocker would get into a machine and start locking files with encrypted password and send the password to a Third World site, which then would contact the computer owner to extort money in order to “release” the files. The files locked by the virus are very difficult to recover.
This led ITS to look at other options. Cylance presented itself, we had a connection to the company through a couple sources. Seemed very different. Does not use any other traditional technology. It uses mathematical heuristics to try to flag processes that look like they might be malicious, anticipates problems. It works fine with other software.
II. Input from ACAC attendees concerning Cylance
Cylance does a baseline scan on the computer once, then it doesn’t really run other than when a file is called for execution. It will pre-empt the running, establish a score, and decide whether to allow the file to run. Sandboxes, analyzes, decides if it can run. Might not be allowed.
Dave Koenig provides some additional information to our questions below. The former head of McAffee is there at Cylance.
What about running, does have a performance hit since it runs all the time in the background? No, it does an initial scan and quarantines things – can quarantine things during baseline scan, not clear exactly how.
NOTE that the software is not in student labs since they have deep freeze, it is only running on faculty and staff machines. Filezilla was flagged on a lot of machines because their security certificate was outdated. It wasn’t blocked but was flagged as a warning. Same for the web browser Firefox.
It will run very slowly on an 8086. [laughter]
Cryptolocker is very time consuming to remediate, and the cost of Cylance has been made up already in the time saved not having to worry about this virus. Now there is Cryptowall 4, very difficult to find without advanced tools like Cylance.
II.5 Scott – Printer Announcement
New printers will be distributed starting soon; they will wait until after finals for faculty/staff offices. Follow-me printers will be available right away. They hope to have all new printers in place by the end of January.
Make sure to let adjuncts know about this because they will HAVE to use an ID card to print anything, in fact, all of us will have to use our ID cards for printing all the time.
What is main issue here for faculty? Some concern about cost of new printers, Faculty Senate was wondering about faculty concerns and contacted Chuck about this.
III. Presentation of ACAC Award for Exemplary Contribution to the Innovation of Technology at Canisius College (based on sustained performance beyond the requirements of one’s position) & Christmas Party!
2015 award: Michael E. Szymendera
2016 award: Leah MacVie
Griffin photographer shoots a picture of the winners with Chuck. The 2016 award was given in advance to acknowledge the great work that is being done by Leah.
Chuck will be developing a set of official rules for ACAC to distribute and vote on at the February meeting.