Information Technology

Our mission is to research, apply and manage information technology to foster productive working and learning environments.

We provide this support for the benefit of the people of NIC. We endeavor to do this in a spirit of cooperation, teamwork and our personal commitment to excellence.

The structure of this department can be seen in our organizational chart [PDF].


Heartbleed Bug


Technical Overview

The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by vulnerable versions of OpenSSL software released in March 2012 through Jan 6, 2014. Anyone exploiting this security issue could obtain private information on the hosting web service, stealing security keys, passwords or other sensitive details. Some reports estimate as much as 17% of the world’s "secure" websites were vulnerable to the bug at the time of disclosure.

Resources

There are many news agencies online reporting how various services have been responding to the Heartbleed threat. Some sites test for the vulnerability, while others like Mashable list potentially compromised sites.

As always, be sure to change passwords on a regular basis. Be aware of phishing attacks and other scams pretending to offer help or solutions. Heartbleed is a hot topic that will be used to take advantage of people.

Contact the IT Help Desk at x3280 (769-3280) or helpdesk@nic.edu with questions.

North Idaho College Impact

None of NIC’s information systems or websites were utilizing the affected OpenSSL software. Our implementation of security was also not vulnerable to theft of security keys.

Cardinal Mail NOT AFFECTED
MyNIC Portal NOT AFFECTED
Concourse NOT AFFECTED
Employee email NOT AFFECTED
Blackboard NOT AFFECTED
Turnitin NOT AFFECTED
Webdriver NOT AFFECTED
NIC Foundation Scholarship Application (aka STARS) NOT AFFECTED
WTC Lumens NOT AFFECTED
Higher One/MyNIC Card NOT AFFECTED
Advanced Education Services NOT AFFECTED
Greenlight NOT AFFECTED
WingSpan NOT AFFECTED
OpenHire NOT AFFECTED
BioIQ NOT AFFECTED
Ellucian Colleague NOT AFFECTED