posted April 30, 2004. updated Aug. 11, 2006
The purpose of this procedure is to use K-State's SIRT security contacts as a reliable communications channel for the campus at large. As a general guideline, initial decisions to take a certain course of action will come from SIRT, and be carried out through security contacts.
Vulnerability (virus/worm attacks) alerts will be created and communicated in the following order:
The purpose of the standardized e-mail is to keep the message as simple and easy to read as possible for all campus users. It is intended for users to become familiar with these advisories from SIRT security contacts and learn to take proper precautions with their computers when an outbreak does occur. Users can access more technical, detailed descriptions at the references cited at the end of the message.
To: All K-State students, faculty, and staff
Subject: Security Alert: Virus/worm attack
From: IT Help Desk, email@example.com
The purpose of this Security ALERT is to make the university community aware of a recent computer virus/worm that has the potential to destroy computer files, disable computer functions, or otherwise disrupt normal business operations at Kansas State University.
How it is spread:______________________
Example: (insert example)
Instances reported at K-State (if known): ____
What you should do: (keep instructions to 2-4 sentences)______________________________
If you have questions or need advice, contact your department's technical support staff. A complete list of SIRT security contacts can be found at www.k-state.edu/its/security/sirt/contacts.html.
If you need additional assistance, contact the IT Help Desk, 785-532-7722, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Security Incident Response Team