Yesterday, the IT Leadership met with various faculty and staff in an open roundtable discussion. We had prepared a PowerPoint presentation outlining where we’ve been and a few strategic items on the horizon. Prior to the event, we decided that we’d much rather facilitate a conversation with the attendees and answer their questions. Of course, we had the presentation to fall back on if there weren’t questions at the IT Roundtable. Fortunately, what resulted was a candid and collaborative discussion taking the full hour and a half! Continue reading
The recent update for Apple computers called macOS Sierra is incompatible with the ExamSoft’s SofTest. Currently, ExamSoft has not provided a release date for a patch to their testing client. If you use SofTest for your courses, please do not to upgrade to Sierra on any Apple computer you intend to use with ExamSoft. Continue reading
Join us this Wednesday for an open forum discussion with the leadership from OIT. We’ll begin with a brief overview of each area and highlight several of the key projects or initiatives underway. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussions with SMU’s IT leaders. We want to hear from you regarding technology concerns, needs, and opportunities.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Technology plays such an integral role in our daily lives—everything from paying bills to controlling our TV lineup is managed online. The wealth of information stored online about each one of us is staggering. As part of Security Awareness Month will be looking at how to keep you safe and protected both online and at work.
Just take a moment to consider the various accounts you have and the services you use. These companies have information about your spending patterns, your entertainment patterns, and your various interests right at their fingertips. Although most of us enjoy the convenience of having all of this data stored and synchronized across multiple devices, there is a cost to having this data propagated everywhere. The protection of this information starts with you.
Throughout the month of October, OIT will send you weekly emails that will help you increase your knowledge and awareness about cybersecurity.
As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, we will be hosting our first Security Showdown on the afternoon on October 21st. Go ahead and mark your calendars. The theme this year is “I work with Superheroes” and if you know of any cybersecurity superheroes, we want to know about them. We will have more information about this interactive event in the coming weeks.
SMU is searching for Cybersecurity Superheroes and we need your help to find them! They may look like a mild-mannered SMU employee, but in the last 12 months, they’ve donned their capes and thwarted cybervillains big and small. They’ve gone back to their everyday lives, but we want to let them know we remember them! Continue reading
In conjunction with National Security Awareness Month in October, OIT will be hosting a Security Showdown on Friday, October 21st from 1–3. Join us for tips, tricks, and learn how to better protect yourself and the University. We will offer mini sessions on security topics, prize drawings, and much much more. Continue reading
In Canvas Corner, we discuss the new features and enhancements in Canvas. This month, we will cover using images on your Dashboard, making changes to calendar events, and live captioning in conferences. Continue reading
OIT Training Team will be offering new training for Sitecore and Qualtrics this fall, plus hosting an overview of the Network Storage options. Also, we would like to remind you of the value of Lynda.com and the availability of Training On-Demand. Continue reading
We recently partnered with Payroll to create online training for ePAF’s. If you were unable to attend the initial training sessions that Payroll offered you may now access online training at your convenience. Continue reading
Last school year, the OIT Training Team offered over 150 classes and webinars to hundreds in the SMU community. We work hard to provide a variety of times and days for our training but understand, even with our best efforts, we cannot make the time fit with everyone’s schedule. We would like to take this time to remind you of the courses we have available as part of our Training On-Demand. Continue reading