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

CylancePROTECT now safeguards your home computers

CylancePROTECT Home EditionSMU is pleased to introduce a new employee benefit to help you safeguard your family’s personal devices from malware, ransomware, and other cyber-attacks. We have partnered with Cylance® to protect our corporate devices, and as part of our steadfast commitment to information security, we are now happy to offer employees exclusive access to the same caliber of anti-malware/antivirus protection for up to 10 of your family’s devices (Windows and macOS supported) through Cylance’s Employee Purchase Program. For less than the cost of a Grande Iced Coffee, you can protect your home computer for a month from malware and viruses.  Continue reading CylancePROTECT now safeguards your home computers

MOS Certifications Provide Edge in Multiple Disciplines

Dedman EdgeWithin SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences, students not only receive a comprehensive liberal arts education; They also have an edge in career preparedness. Through the Dedman Edge, students can supplement their education by focusing on skills frequently demanded by employers. These skills include graphic design, marketing, social media, data science/analysis, and more. Dr. Nancy Campbell with the sociology department is using the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification program to integrate the Dedman Edge directly into her courses.

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The end to 32-bit macOS software is coming

32-bit app is not optimized warningAfter updating your Mac to macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, you may have noticed a new alert when launching older apps. When you launch one of these 32-bit applications, your system will warn you that it is “not optimized” for macOS. If you click Okay, the application will continue to run as normal – for now – but there might be issues in the future. Continue reading The end to 32-bit macOS software is coming