OIT Technology News: Spring 2018 Summary

OIT Technology News
In this edition of OIT’s Technology News, we highlight the results of the 2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment, how machine learning is defending campus systems, the positive impact of Microsoft Certifications for staff, protecting yourself from hard drive failure with CrashPlan Pro, plus much more. Continue reading OIT Technology News: Spring 2018 Summary

OIT Helps Physics Researchers

When some Physics researchers needed a few dedicated computers for running experiments, they reached out to OIT Customer Service Director Rachel Mulry to see if she could help. The requirements for the computers were minimal compared to current university standards but had to be stable enough to run their experiment and priced within their small budget. Within 24 hours, several laptops were found that could be donated to meet the needs of the ATLAS experiment. Continue reading OIT Helps Physics Researchers

Protecting Campus from Malware with Machine Learning

CylanceCylancePROTECT was introduced to the SMU campus in 2016 as a way to further secure SMU systems against viruses and malware. As the University became regularly inundated with malicious files, employees could not be expected to keep up with the volume and complexity of these new threats. As the threats evolved, so did our method of protection – machine learning. Continue reading Protecting Campus from Malware with Machine Learning

Over 500 Art eBooks from The Met Available for Free

The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de BerryThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, or The Met, has released over 500 of their art books available for personal use. MetPublications is a gateway to The Met’s extensive publishing arm that includes over 1,500 titles of books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades. A third of these titles in the ‘MetPublications’ collection are available to read, download, and browse for free. Students can download PDF versions of publications comprising of art history books, educator guides, collected papers, catalogs, and even many out-of-print books spanning five decades of the collection. Continue reading Over 500 Art eBooks from The Met Available for Free

Results of the 2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment [Infographic]

In 2017, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) surveyed students and staff regarding technology use and support in order to assess and improve existing OIT services and discover new and innovative areas to pursue. The Fall 2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment surveyed over 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students at SMU, and the Faculty Technology Satisfaction Survey collected information from almost 200 faculty members. Continue reading Results of the 2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment [Infographic]

The Academic Technology Expo Arrives April 4, 2018

Academic Technology Expo

Please join us on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m as Academic Technology Services showcases technology resources available to the SMU community. Both faculty and staff are invited for refreshments and to ask any questions about campus technologies, tour an updated classroom, and explore the available technology resources for teaching and research at SMU. Continue reading The Academic Technology Expo Arrives April 4, 2018

T-Drive, U-Drive, and V-Drive take a Spring Break

U DriveStarting at 7 a.m. on March 11, 2018, the hardware and firmware for the T-Drive, U-Drive, and V-Drive along with Physics users home directories will be updated. During this update, the network drives will be unavailable. Also, Apps.SMU will be offline during the update. Continue reading T-Drive, U-Drive, and V-Drive take a Spring Break

Sitecore Clinics Return February 28, 2018

Sitecore ClinicHave a question or two about using Sitecore?

Do you need help creating a new page or editing an existing one?  Feeling stumped by widgets, forms, or something else?  Want to learn more about Sitecore in general, but don’t have time for an entire class?

Drop in at any of these Sitecore Clinics for a little one-on-one support with those questions or ones of your own. Continue reading Sitecore Clinics Return February 28, 2018

Winter 2018 Security Report Now Available

OIT Winter 2018 Security Report

Our Winter 2018 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, what is a Bitcoin, how certain physical activities can increase your cybersecurity vigilance, plus “Ask Ms. Security” returns.

To access the report, click the link below.

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This report is confidential and not intended for distribution outside the University.

Important notice about the recent increase in phishing attempts

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)Over the past several weeks, there has been a significant increase in phishing attempts targeting SMU email addresses. In many of these cases, the messages masquerade as important documents requiring your attention either via Concur, DocuSign, or Adobe. Before you click on the link or open the attachment, here are some recommendations to help determine if the email is legitimate or a phishing attempt: Continue reading Important notice about the recent increase in phishing attempts