Filed Under (Did You Know . . .) by on April 29, 2015



Mark your calendars! Join the Staff Advisory Team for our Cinco de Mayo-themed breakfast featuring *breakfast burritos*!

Tuesday, May 5th
Samson Center Reading Room

See you there!



From Sophos Threatsaurus

  • Virus – malicious code, meant to destroy, hijack, replicate
  • Spam – unsolicited email, like junk mail
  • Malware – general term, program that with bad intentions
  • Phishing – messages which try to trick you into sharing sensitive information.


Simply: longer is better. Use a combination of upper & lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Use different passwords for different accounts.

Use a password manager such as LastPass.

What Can I Do

  • Resist clicking on links in emails; go to the site directly
  • Do keep your Windows/Mac OS up to date, set it for automatic updates
  • Do keep all your browser up to date. Use multiple browsers
  • Do install an antivirus and keep it up to date. Mac and smartphones too.
  • Do back up your files
  • Do use strong passwords; use different passwords for different sites/services; keep it private; use a password manager
  • Do protect your email address; have several email addresses
  • Do make sure your important sites eg. financial, medical, etc., use HTTPS; the browser.
  • Read the install screens


Get the Middlebury Antivirus: Sophos

This is available for free to the entre MIIS/Middlebury community.


How to Minimize Spam

  • Protect your email address
  • Have several email accounts for several purposes
  • Don’t post or allow it to be posted on sites.
  • Consider an email alias for work

Useful Resources

10 Tips to Prevent Malware


Safer Online Shopping




Middlebury Information Security Education


How Computers Get Infected


Password Managers


Protect your phone


Smartphone Tips


Are iPad/iPhones Safe


New SAT Members








Dear Friends,

The Staff Advisory Team (S.A.T.) openly invites each of you to apply to join the team.  In addition to community celebrations, this year we are proud to say that we have been a part of the following movements on campus.

  • The implementation and  organization of  the employee years of service recognition event
  • Served as the voice of staff for the November 20th Board of Overseers Visit
  • Planning and supporting a variety of staff development workshops on both technological and interpersonal skills
  • The streamlining of communication through educational opportunities such as : Middlebury and the Matrix Presentation, Navigating Human Resources Across Middlebury, and the recently begun Staff Networking Meetings

S.A.T. sets their agenda based off of the Staff Survey.  On a continuous basis,   S.A.T. works with the Vice President’s Office, Human Resources, and the Staff Constituent Member of the Board of Overseers (Kenley Butler) to make possible opportunities and suggestions for improvements on campus.  We connect with staff in Middlebury and we also work to support the MIIS community and their departmental missions by co-hosting events such as the Alumni Relations Chili Lunch Break.

We are asking that all interested applicants provide the following information:

  • Name and Department
  • Reason why they would like to join S.A.T
  • At least  one impact/change they would like to be a part of implementing on campus
  • At least  one event/workshop you would like to schedule for staff participation

Applications will be due by close of business on Friday, May 15th, 2015.  As set forth by the creators of S.A.T. in 2009, applicants must not be part of the senior administration of MIIS campus.  As S.A.T. prides itself on maintaining a voluntary, dynamic, diverse, and flexible team we hope that we will receive applications from members of all departments on campus with a variety of different skill sets and talents.  If you should have any questions in regards to time commitment and the running of S.A.T. please feel free to contact us upon your convenience at sat@miis.edu .  Your questions are always welcome.  Here are the bios on the current members: http://sites.miis.edu/staff/category/current-staff-advisory-team-members-2014/


S.A.T. Team (Lauren Patron-Castro, Angie Quesenberry, Sam Bravo, Trish Aportela, Catherine Snapp,  and Maria Osorio)


Did you know as a MIIS Staff member you have access to FREE antivirus software for your home computer(s)?

To download the software, go to go.miis.edu/antivirus.  There is no limit to the number of downloads, so if you have more than one computer at home, you can save guard them all!



MalwareHello all,

The upcoming S.A.T. workshop on spam has been rescheduled and updated! The workshop will cover Malware and tips and tricks to avoid it.

Join us on Tuesday, February 24th from 2-3:30PM in McGowan 100.


R.S.V.P. at sat@miis.edu


SAT Lunch

Filed Under (Did You Know . . ., Events) by on December 10, 2014

Holiday Luncheon


Please join the Staff Advisory Team on Thursday, December 18th for the Holiday BINGO, prizes and a light lunch in CF 434 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm.  Please RSVP to sat@miis.edu .  See you all there!

Alumni Event

$7- Soup, Salad and Bread

Carrot Ginger Soup made with Coconut Milk (Vegan) with a Kale Salad including Persimmon, Pomegranate, Walnuts and a Vegan Vinaigrette and a Brioche roll on the side

It is fantastic


Chili at Alumni Relations