The following notice was scheduled to be sent to known Mines VPN users Monday, Nov. 8, 2018:
Referencing webpage (minus spaces): https :// www . mines . edu/ccit/vpn-update/
You have been identified as a recent (from September 2018) Mines’ VPN user.
Your Mines VPN connection will stop working at 10am on Tuesday, Nov 6 until you update your personal VPN user profile.
The Mines Virtual Private Network (VPN) is undergoing a substantial security upgrade 10-11 AM TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6. Your current VPN setup will fail to connect after that time. However, a quick upgrade of your VPN profile will get you going again fast.
NOTE: DO NOT UPDATE YOUR VPN PROFILE (OR CLIENT) UNTIL AFTER THE UPDATE IS COMPLETE TUESDAY, NOV. 6, AROUND 11 AM. DOING SO BEFORE THAT TIME WILL ONLY REINSTALL THE CURRENT, SOON-TO-BE-OBSOLETE SETUP.
Soon after the VPN update Nov. 6, please visit (minus spaces) https :// www . mines . edu /ccit/vpn-update/ for easy, step-by-step instructions on updating your VPN setup.
If further help is needed, contact the CCIT Technology Support Center in CT156 (303.384.2345) or submit a Mines Help Center “Helpdesk” support request here (minus spaces): https :// helpdesk . mines . edu/.
Thank you for your patience while we make your VPN connection as secure and private as possible.
–CCIT Security Team
P.S. You should ask yourself how you know this message is legitimate, and to do so can make note of the following:
1) Your email client should indicate that this message contains a digital signature that authenticates me as the sender (Steve Ardern: I work for CCIT on the Security Team, as can be checked by looking me up in the campus directory and by referencing CCIT’s organizational chart.)
2) The email does not contain any links or web addresses you can follow. You should be able to reach the referenced web-page, which is a trusted source, on your own.
3) You can find my phone number in the campus directory. You are welcome to call me directly to verify the email is legitimate or you can have my identity confirmed by the campus operator.