Heartbleed bug prompts required NetID password change

In response to the recent Heartbleed security vulnerability, the University of Montana is requiring that UM employees change their NetID passwords by midnight on Monday, April 21. We highly recommend that students also change their NetID passwords.

Heartbleed is a vulnerability in software that a majority of secure websites use to encrypt personal and sensitive information in an attempt to secure it. UM did have servers affected by this bug and IT personnel have been scanning and patching UM's computer environment to fix the vulnerability.

Through April 21, employees and students can create a new password by logging into the UM login page at login.umt.edu and selecting "Change Password."

Beginning April 22, employees who have not changed their password will be required to answer a security question and enter a new password to login. If you can't remember the answer to your security question, or have not set up a security question, contact IT Central at 243-4357 for assistance.

If you have changed your password since April 9, no password change is required.

I encourage you to visit umt.edu/it/security/heartbleed.php for more information.

Matt Riley, CIO
University of Montana