Kronos, Java, and Web Browser
Security
Chris Wilkins
What is Java?
• 3rd party software installed on PCs (also a
programming language)
• It is the underlying technology that powers
modern programs including utilities, games,
and business applications
• Java runs on more than 850 million personal
computers and on billions of devices
worldwide
Java Issues
• Java is used by Kronos, Nolij, and other UGA
systems
• Kronos, and other systems, require a specific
version of Java (Java 6 vs. Java 7)
• Oracle releases frequent updates to Java due
to security issues
• Kronos and other systems do not release
updates as frequently
Java Issues
• UGA’s current Kronos system only supports
Java 6
• Oracle will stop supporting Java 6 this month
• UGA is currently upgrading to the latest
version of Kronos
• The new version of Kronos supports Java 7
After the Kronos Upgrade
• After the Kronos upgrade later this month, all
of these Java issues will go away, right?
– Unfortunately, no.
– One of the bigger Java issues will go away (Java 6
vs. Java 7)
– However, Java continues to make international
headlines with newly discovered security issues
– This will continue, requiring frequent Java updates
to your PC
Recommendations
• If possible, do not use the Kronos Java interface
• Kronos offers a non-Java user interface
• This interface works well for employees and
supervisors
– Add punches, leave, & comments
– Approve/Signoff time cards
– For advanced Kronos access, unit payroll employees
must use the Java user interface (create new records,
account change, hourly rate change, etc.)
Questions?
• Chris Wilkins
• [email protected]
• 706-542-8190