Author Archives: Ian Aberle

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Update your iPhones Now!

Yesterday, Apple released the iOS 9.3.5 update. You need to install it now. Yes, right now! You can read the rest of this while your iPhone is updating. We don’t usually push for people to update their devices so firmly, … Continue reading

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Back to School Phishing Attempt

It’s only the first day of classes and we have our first phishing attempt. Criminals are using the craziness of the first day back and lack of awareness by the newest members of our community to try and steal you … Continue reading

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Lyle Unification Project Update: August 2016

Over this summer, OIT has worked diligently to unify Lyle services. We have made progress with networking, including wireless, and lab updates over these past months. The Lyle wired networking equipment was updated to the latest software providing more security … Continue reading

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CylancePROTECT Protects SMU Campus

CylancePROTECT is an advanced threat protection program that utilizes machine learning and artificial intelligence to categorize files and running processes. Files deemed ‘unsafe’ or ‘abnormal’ are quarantined, while memory exploit attempts are blocked. Unlike traditional antivirus solutions, Cylance does not rely … Continue reading

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Up and running with Canvas: Evening webinar training & a boot camp

Spaces still available for Canvas Nights, our evening Canvas training. Get up and running with our new LMS by joining us for Canvas Nights or for our Canvas Boot Camp.

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OIT’s latest Security Report is now available.

Our first edition of the newly revised OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. We have revamped the layout and content to allow us to go more in-depth on specific issues and provide more detailed metrics in … Continue reading

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Locker.SMU Update: Migration to Box@SMU complete.

Earlier this year, we implemented Box as a new file storage and sharing application for SMU, replacing the Locker.SMU solution. We have recently completed migrating content from Locker’s three main environments:  BStore.SMU (Bulk storage), Locker.SMU OrgSpace (Departmental Data) and Locker.SMU User storage.  Each … Continue reading

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Security Holes in iOS 9 Patched with Update

Apple just released the iOS 9.3.3 update, the final version for iOS 9 before the new iOS 10 this fall. For this reason, Apple allowed for extra testing time taking over two months with five separate betas to ensure the … Continue reading

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Web links rewritten by new anti-spam feature

On Tuesday, July 2, SMU implemented a new feature as part of our anti-spam defense to rewrites web links considered questionable, included in inbound emails. The purpose of the rewrite is to prevent phishing and malware scams by forwarding certain web … Continue reading

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Important Changes to Courses.SMU

UPDATE: Due to an unprecedented chain of events yesterday, June 29th, SMU was unable to login to Canvas for several hours. The connection between SMU and Canvas has since been restored. These events yesterday disrupted our expected timeline, and in … Continue reading

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