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Re: email threats
From: Deborah Manning <dmanning () CW EDU>
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 17:30:48 -0400

Our question stems from a notice on 8/31 we received from the NY State
Dept of Homeland Security that there have been bomb threats in five
schools in NY.  To my knowledge, investigations found no real devices.
Our concern is that threats may go unnoticed and picked up by SPAM - we
are interested in whether any schools were proactively scanning for such
threats. 

Thank you,
Deborah
-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Bayn [mailto:Bob.Bayn () USU EDU] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 5:05 PM
To: SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU
Subject: Re: [SECURITY] email threats

At 03:52 PM 9/4/2007, Mark DeSerio put fingers to keyboard and wrote:
Does anyone have procedures in place regarding email threats 
to their college? Such as certain key words in a message would 
get forwarded to personnel to handle the email threat.   This 
would be bomb threats and threats to employees. The recent 
occurrences at other colleges that have be in the news our 
college is interested in what other schools have in place for 
email threats.

Roger Safian replied:
We let our police department deal with threats.  personally,
even if I suspect that the threat is likely nothing to be
worried about, I don't want to be the person who makes that
decision.  Especially if it's the wrong one.

Are these threats that you detect somehow or that the recipient
refers to you?  If the former, then how do you detect them and
what else have you found during the search?

Bob Bayn
IT Security Team
Utah State University
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