Box to end support for older tools with TLS 1.0

BoxAs Box works to improve their user experience, that sometimes means removing older functionality to make room for new features. In order to maintain the highest security standards, promote the safety of our data, and align with industry-wide best practices, Box will disable the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 across all Box services on June 25, 2018. After this date, TLS 1.1 or higher (TLS 1.1+) must be used. This means if you are using an older web browser, Box application, or 3rd party applications that do not support TLS 1.1+, you will not be able to access Box. Continue reading Box to end support for older tools with TLS 1.0

CrashPlan Pro Deployment Expanding in 2018

CrashPlan ProCrashplanSMU’s enterprise desktop backup solution, has been available for faculty/staff computers for several years on an opt-in basis.  Employees who wished to enable the backup system were required to install the software from the LANDesk/Ivanti software portal and sign in to trigger the backup process. The Opt-in process will be moving to an automated solution. Continue reading CrashPlan Pro Deployment Expanding in 2018

IT Help Desk launches new Knowledge Base

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We have all had it happen. It is minutes after the IT Help Desk has closed for the day and something happens with your computer – WiFi has stopped, you are having issues with your password, or you have some other puzzling question that you just want answered.   If only there was a way to easily find the answer yourself and take care of it. Well, now there is – The OIT Knowledge Base! Continue reading IT Help Desk launches new Knowledge Base

Security Site Update Kicks Off OIT Web Refresh Project

This week, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) launched an updated site for Information Security at smu.edu/infosec. The site received a new look, new content, easier navigation, and is now more mobile friendly. The new Information Technology site makes it easy to educate yourself about security threats, quickly find security policies, protect your devices with OIT services, and report security incidents or lost devices.

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Campus digital signage server to be updated this summer

Appspace logoOIT is currently upgrading the campus digital signage server to the latest on-premise release, Appspace 6.3. The update will enable some new features like Cards, Channels, and new content libraries. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be recruiting users of the digital signage system to test the upgrade before deploying to the rest of the campus in July. If you are interested in being a tester, please send an email to Ian Aberle at iaberle@smu.edu. Continue reading Campus digital signage server to be updated this summer

Privacy Is Dead, Now Where’s My Inheritance

Originally featured in OIT’s Spring 2018 Security Report

Privacy is Dead

PrivacyIt’s probably not the first time you’ve heard this.  A private investigator, Sam Rambam was quoted as saying “Privacy is Dead – Get Over it” in 2006.  In 2012, Huffing Post contributor Miles Feldman posed the question “Is Privacy Dead?”  If it is, then our inheritance may have been in probate for years without us knowing it. The most recent major violation of privacy comes through a Facebook developer, Cambridge Analytica (discussed later in this newsletter), who collected data on millions of Americans without their consent to help political strategists win the 2016 US Presidential Election.  But most likely this is only the tip of the iceberg. Continue reading Privacy Is Dead, Now Where’s My Inheritance

Canvas Boot Camp Returns August 15, 2018

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It’s almost that time of the year. Back-to-school will be here before you know it! Block out August 15, 2018, on your calendar and join us for the return of the Canvas Boot Camp. Get up and running with Canvas or take a refresher course with these one-hour sessions. Continue reading Canvas Boot Camp Returns August 15, 2018

Get Microsoft Certified This Summer!

Get Certified!During the recent SMU Staff Association picnic many of our staff expressed an interest to participate in the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification [Pilot] program. Continually, we hear, “But, I need someone to do this with…” While much of the program is self-study we thought we’d provide a collaborative opportunity to help you boost your learning and get certified! Continue reading Get Microsoft Certified This Summer!

Graduates have until June 30 to become Microsoft Office Certified for FREE

SMU Graduates, did you know you could earn a Microsoft Office Certification for free to help you stand out in the job market?

SMU’s Office of Information Technology is providing access to the 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist Exams for free to graduating seniors until June 30, 2018. Graduates may certify in any of the Office applications on-campus through IT Training on a first-come-first-served basis as a limited number of exam vouchers and practice materials are available. Continue reading Graduates have until June 30 to become Microsoft Office Certified for FREE