Nov 26, 2008

Follow-up to "Go Phish"

Hi Frank!
I've never submitted anything but I'm a fan. I'm guessing this is a response to the manager incident.

Keep up the good work!

Please keep me anonymous.
-Anon

Thanks Anon!

Colleagues,

As many of you have observed, the email quarantine that was to have gone into effect last Friday has not yet been activated. It will begin Wednesday COB. Just to clarify -- no email will be lost as a result of this quarantine. Any non-spam messages that have been quarantined will be automatically delivered after the holidays. You can also release quarantined messages yourself at any time by clicking on the "Release" link in your normal quarantine digest emails.

For those of you concerned about missing critical correspondence from domains other than the three that are automatically exempted from the quarantine (.mil, .gov, .edu), you can configure your own safelist (sometimes referred to as a white list) through the ProofPoint server. Any messages from domains or email addresses specified in your safelist will be allowed through the holiday quarantine filters and will be delivered to you immediately.

To add correspondents to your safelist, log onto https://proofpoint3.lanl.gov:10010/enduser/login.cgi? using your email address and cryptocard passcode to authenticate. Click on the "Safe Senders List" on the left column. Then click on the "New" link in the header, add the domain or email address in the text field, and click the Save button. Please be careful when adding domains to your safelist. For example, please do NOT add google.com or aol.com to your safe list. For large general use domains such as these, add only the full email address of your specific correspondent. If, however, you collaborate with several people at a small contracting company, it is fine to add that company's entire domain to your safelist.

In summary, if you do nothing over the holidays, your email will be delivered to you next week automatically. If you need to ensure immediate delivery of critical emails, either release the specific email from quarantine yourself, of configure a safelist to prevent messages from being quarantined.

Please power down all computers, other electronics, heaters and equipment that does not need to be running over the holidays. Its the right thing to do for safety, security, and energy conservation.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

This post must have come from another idiot in the computing division or from the CIO himself.

Anonymous said...

Imagine how much less outrage there would have been if someone had taken the time to actually explain the quarantine in detail for the all-employee memo.

Thanks for this post.

Anonymous said...

"Its the right thing to do for safety, security, and energy conservation."

Along with other issues, god grammar has never been very important to some LANL managers.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the CIO should give out the rules as written by Pete Townshend from the Tommy album:

"And put in your earplugs
put on your eyeshades
you know where to put the cork"

Anonymous said...

Nice try, but ".edu" addresses are also being blocked this weekend.

And... unless you are set up to VPN into the Lab from a gov't-owned computer, you can't release any messages. The LANL webmail interface doesn't support it.

Gotcha!

Anonymous said...

And remind me now much the taxpayers are paying for these incredibly stupid decisions made by incredibly overpaid managers.

Anonymous said...

One cannot perform work that is not charged to a sponsor. Since this is a holiday, with no work being charged for, there should be no need to access email. This rule was ignored under UC, but apparently not under LANS.

Anonymous said...

"One cannot perform work that is not charged to a sponsor. Since this is a holiday, with no work being charged for, there should be no need to access email. This rule was ignored under UC, but apparently not under LANS.

11/30/08 8:46 PM"

What?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 11/30/08 8:46 PM said:

"One cannot perform work that is not charged to a sponsor. Since this is a holiday, with no work being charged for, there should be no need to access email."

Who is this idiot? Must work for cyber security!

Anonymous said...

"Who is this idiot?" (11:16 AM)

Probably one of our new best and brightest from Bechtel, no doubt!

Anonymous said...

What has become of that Greg-guy from LANS? He used to post here with open authority...wings clipped?

Anonymous said...

11/30/08 8:46 PM is not far off base. You all need to pay attention to the new T&E system rollout.

greg close said...

12/2/08 4:58 PM Nope, I'm still here, for better or worse! ;) A combination of holidays, illness and work precluded me from checking out the recent posts. I added a comment to the original Go Phish thread because it dealt with benefits, and my questionable opinion was at least questionably relevant. As to all this cyber security stuff - I'm just amazed that people are this outraged. Seems pretty harmless to me. It filters what it thinks is junk and I either trash it or keep it - done deal. I'm just happy to be back on Outlook after 3 years in Eudora Hell...

Anonymous said...

I have not paid attention, 9:06. Could you elaborate? Thank you.