After the discovery of the Heartbleed bug, a serious Internet security flaw that affected websites and servers around the world, U-M worked quickly and diligently to secure the university’s data and systems. The university’s core and critical services are now protected from the bug.
As a further precaution, Information and Technology Services has begun to advise those on the Ann Arbor campus to change their UMICH passwords. The U-M Health System, Flint, and Dearborn campuses also are advising their communities to change passwords.
“Our core services are secure and there is no indication that any UMICH passwords were compromised,” Chief Security Officer Paul Howell says. “However, as a further safeguard, we are advising members of the U-M community to change their UMICH password.”
While the campus community may change their UMICH password at any time, ITS will roll out official advisements via email to faculty, staff, students, alumni and others affiliated with the university over the next several weeks.
A complete schedule of planned advisories is available on the ITS Safe Computing website. This approach will help minimize disruption for faculty and students near the end of the term and ensure that IT support teams are fully prepared to provide any necessary help.
Those who have changed their UMICH password on or after April 11 will not need to change their password again.
More information on the Heartbleed bug, U-M’s response, and tips to changing your UMICH password are available on the Safe Computing website. Questions may also be directed to the ITS Service Center at 764-HELP (764-4357).