Keeping ahead of hackers, ID thieves and malware just became easier at UC Davis, now that the campus has bought access to a set of short, engaging and updated security videos from the SANS Institute, a company known for its high-quality IT security training. The videos help meet campus requests for improved security training, and are the first step of a larger security awareness program now in its planning stages.
The training is meant for everyone at UC Davis. Watching the core videos takes about 45 minutes, and can greatly reduce your odds of getting mugged online. In this Q&A, Dewight Kramer--information security consultant and coordinator of the Security Awareness Training Program--and Information Security Manager Tye Stallard lay out the details.
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Data Center gives new meaning to 'fast'
Did you notice? Hardware that supports key campus services, including email routing and my.ucdavis.edu, sped up last year by an order of magnitude.
IET upgrading about one-fourth of its wireless access points
During the first few months of 2015, Information and Educational Technology is replacing about 700 wireless access points (APs) with newer models, at various locations that include the Student Community Center and Memorial Union.
Information security 2015: Get informed, and don't give up
Most of us use technology to buy, communicate, share, create, research, record--and, we hope, not see our private information get stolen along the way, despite attacks like the recent Anthem breach. At UC Davis, Chief Information Security Officer Cheryl Washington and Privacy Officer Lynette Temple work to keep campus information secure. In this short Q&A written for Data Privacy Month, they answer a few questions about information security at UC Davis, and offer advice on what you can do to help keep your data private.
It's winter 2015. What is the top current issue in privacy at UC Davis?
Cheryl: Raising awareness.
Lynette: I agree. Since most data security breaches are the result of human error ...
Campus creates UC Davis Academics channel on YouTube
The campus has created a new YouTube channel focused on academic videos, UC Davis Academics. It contains about 650 videos so far, ranging from small class presentations to a 2011 lecture by Computer Science Professor Dan Gusfield that has logged more than 66,000 views.
Seven-digit dialing begins--authorization code users, please note change
The campus moved to 7-digit dialing today, as announced. Here's a recap of the two main changes, plus additional information if you use campus authorization codes to charge the cost of phone calls.
That's not the IRS who's calling you
The perennial "IRS" phone scam recently surfaced at UC Davis, and if you need to know more about how to avoid these frauds, the campus offers short, free videos that will help you.
Old myucdavis site will remain available into 2015
The old myucdavis website for faculty and staff will be available for a while longer.
Campus will switch to 7-digit dialing on Dec. 22
The way you make a phone call from a campus phone will change a little, starting on Monday, Dec. 22.
Project to improve IT customer service wins second major award
"Building a Service-Oriented Culture"--a project to improve the quality and organization of IT customer service for faculty, students and staff at UC Davis--has won its second major award this year.
Campus restores email list service, with improvements
The UC Davis central email list service has been fully restored, with a few changes.
UC Davis announces dates for 2015 IT Security Symposium
Workshops, hands-on labs, presentations, and networking with peers will all be part of the lineup at the next IT Security Symposium, scheduled for June 16-17, 2015, on the UC Davis campus.
To shape the future of SmartSite, speak up this fall
UC Davis is actively evaluating the future of the SmartSite learning management system (LMS), and if you'd like to influence the decision, now's the time to examine the choices and send in your comments. You have several opportunities.
Distribution list service is coming back online
The email list distribution service (Sympa), which supports more than 12,000 UC Davis email lists, is coming back online this afternoon (10/29). Information and Educational Technology temporarily suspended the service Tuesday to clean up a problem caused by an unauthorized bulk email that sent tens of thousands of unwanted, duplicate email messages to campus accounts.
Outdated xBase will be retired Nov. 4
The xBase has been a trusty source for information about campus IT services since 2001, but the campus now has something better. On Nov. 4, Information and Educational Technology will replace the xBase with the new, better-organized IT Knowledge Base.
Campus temporarily suspends email list service
3:30 P.M. 10/28 UPDATE: The service is coming back online, although the lists.ucdavis.edu website remains unavailable for now.
Information and Educational Technology temporarily suspended the main UC Davis email list service this morning after an email message, sent to hundreds of public email lists Tuesday evening, flooded UC Davis email accounts with tens of thousands of unwanted, duplicate messages.
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