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 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.

Information Security at SMU
Information Security at SMU

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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

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]

Dr. Michael H. Hites to lead OIT into Second Century

Dr. Michael H. HitesThis summer, Dr. Michael H. Hites, an executive with 17 years of experience leading large-scale computing operations for university-based research and innovation, joined OIT as SMU’s Chief Information Officer. In addition to leading OIT, Hites will oversee the University’s high-performance computing initiatives, including the ManeFrame II supercomputer: SMU’s fourth-generation upgrade ranks among the top academic supercomputers in the nation.  Continue reading Dr. Michael H. Hites to lead OIT into Second Century

OIT Spotlight: Guillermo Vasquez, Linux & Research Technology Specialist

In this month’s OIT Spotlight, we meet Guillermo Vasquez, the Linux & Research Technology Specialist for Academic Technology Services.

Who are you? What do you do? Where are you from?

Guillermo VasquezMy name is Guillermo Vasquez, and I’m a natural researcher, a technology enthusiast, and an amateur photographer. I’m also a Linux professional and a cyber-security expert with specializations that include ethical hacking and technology forensics investigation. I was born to a loving family of farmers in the heart of Chihuahua, Mexico. I consider Linux to be my first language. Continue reading OIT Spotlight: Guillermo Vasquez, Linux & Research Technology Specialist

Phone Replacement Project to Replace Old PBX Phones

Unified MessagingWith the recent completion of the Unified Messaging/Voice Mail Replacement project, OIT is now launching a long-term project to implement an updated phone system. The objective of the Phone Replacement Project is to replace the current campus telephone system (PBX), which has been in service for over 20 years.  Continue reading Phone Replacement Project to Replace Old PBX Phones

Looking Back at the Security Showdown & Security Awareness Month

2016 Security ShowdownAs we wrap up National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we like to reflect on the impact of technology and how it 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. We highlighted some of these in our weekly emails. We discussed how to spot phishing emails; We looked at how more applications are run from the internet, rather than installed locally and a few key tips for internet safety with those devices; When using social networking, how to define your own security or privacy settings to protect your information by reviewing your security setting periodically. We also released our fall Security Report. Continue reading Looking Back at the Security Showdown & Security Awareness Month

The OIT Security Showdown is Next Week!

I work with Cybersecurity Superheroes!

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we will be hosting our first Security Showdown on Friday, October 21st from 1–3. Join us for tips and tricks, and learn how to better protect yourself and the University. We will offer mini sessions on security topics, raffle off prizes, and much, much more.

1:15 p.m. Protecting Your Identity.
You don’t need superpowers to activate your identity protection. Presented by InfoArmor.
1:45 p.m. The History of Lock Picking.
A look at locking mechanisms, and their evolution through time in the arms race between ‘Keep Out’ vs. ‘Let Me In.’
2:30 p.m. Cyber Security Superheroes Revealed.
We will unmask our campus cybersecurity superheroes in this fun awards ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.

OIT Security Showdown Comics Covers
Test your cyber security skills at our interactive booths. How will you fare against our cyber villains? Can you beat the Blue Screen at gaining access to a employees computer? Will the Professional Conjecturer be able to reset a password by browsing your social media profiles? Find out next week at the Security Showdown.

Review your IT account security with Duo and the password reset tool, which now offers more secure challenge questions. Stop by and learn about the Top 5 security actions you should take today to protect your SMU data.

Need your personal documents shredded? We will have secure bins for your personal shredding needs.

Prizes and giveaways include Vacation Days, Campus Dining Pony Certificates, Movie Theater Gift Cards, “I work with Superheroes” T-Shirts, SMU Football Tickets, Tate Lecture Series Tickets, and much more.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Security Showdown.

OIT Security Showdown
October 21, 2016.
1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Hughes-Trigg Ballroom

OIT Resources and Support for Faculty & Staff

Many University employees are unaware of the vast resources available at their fingertips. As we have entered the back to school season we’ve put together this list of resources and reminders for you. As always, if you have any questions about any of them feel free to reach out to the IT Help Desk. Continue reading OIT Resources and Support for Faculty & Staff