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Cyber-Security Threats

R.I.P. Windows XP
Microsoft ended support for the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014.  Among other things, this means that Microsoft will no longer publish security updates for Windows XP, thereby making computers that still run XP more vulnerable to viruses … Continue reading
Phishing Attempt – March 19, 2014
A phishing attempt was sent to a number of users on campus.  The subject line of the email contained the phrase “Documents” or “View this Document.”  The email tells users that a Google Document was sent to them and to … Continue reading
Phishing Attempt March 8, 2014
A phishing attempt was sent to a number of users on campus. The email asked the user to click on a link in the email or threatened that that user’s account would be disabled. The information details provided in the … Continue reading

Contact the IT Support Center to report a security threat.

Upcoming Events

IT News on Campus
AE&T Committee Awards for FY 2015
Members of the Academic Engagement & Technology committee met with OIT and Media Services staff on March 12 to award $21,000 in competitive funds for technology in support of teaching and learning.  The committee funded the following requests: 1 license … Continue reading
All Things Wireless
This summer the College is planning to make improvements to student residences on campus, including the inaugural provision of wireless access to the internet in all residences.  This project, also a year-long effort to extend and upgrade wireless coverage to … Continue reading
R.I.P. Windows XP
Microsoft ended support for the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014.  Among other things, this means that Microsoft will no longer publish security updates for Windows XP, thereby making computers that still run XP more vulnerable to viruses … Continue reading
IT Tip of the Month: Connecting to a Network Drive when Away from Campus
Welcome to the first in a new series of IT Tips that we hope will enhance how you work! Network drives are convenient in that they allow individuals to create files that are automatically shared with others in a department. … Continue reading
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Visit the IT News on Campus blog for more information about IT developments on campus.

IT News Elsewhere
Parchment Unveils Free College Match Tool
An online service that facilitates digital transcript and credential exchange has added an additional feature to its college search capabilities that allows a student, parent or advisor to see comparable schools that may be worth applying too as well.
Carnegie Mellon Research Explores Touchy-Feely Data Visualization
Two researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are exploring how touch devices, such as Apple's iPad, can be used in data analysis and visualization.
Data Breach at Iowa State U. Exposes Nearly 30,000 Social Security Numbers

The Social Security numbers of 29,780 students have been exposed in a data breach at Iowa State University, officials announced on Tuesday.

The university’s information-technology staff discovered a breach that affected five departmental servers containing information on students enrolled from 1995 to 2012. The servers also contained university ID numbers for 18,949 students.

University officials don’t believe the students’ personal information was the target of the attack. Rather, they said, th...

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Arizona State Launches Learning Platform for Search for Intelligent Life
A course for non-science majors that explores the search for life on other planets developed by educators at Arizona State University is going into production for use by other institutions and may be offered in MOOC form for individuals in the future.

 

 

Service Interruptions

Portal Service Interruption – Thursday, March 20, 2014
In order to provide maintenance and update services to the Portal systems, there will be a scheduled service interruption from approximately 5:00 am to 10:00 am on Thursday, March 20, 2014.  Portal access will be down for this time period … Continue reading
Service Interruption – Network maintenance Sunday, March 2nd
On Sunday, March 2, 2014, our internet service provider, Network Maryland, will be performing their quarterly maintenance operations for the hardware serving our campus. As part of this maintenance procedure, it is possible that there will be a 10 – 45 … Continue reading
Blackboard Possible Service Interuption 2/7/2014
The Blackboard vendor will be performing some planned maintenance procedures on our servers that have the potential to cause brief service interruptions between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am Eastern Standard Time on February 7th, 2014. This maintenance … Continue reading

Contact the IT Support Center to report a service interruption.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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