Mac Users: Don’t Upgrade to Big Sur… Just Yet!

Apple macOS Big SurThis week, Apple announced during their “One more thing” event that the latest update to its macOS, Big Sur, is to be released to the public on November 12, 2020. While we know people are eager to update to the latest OS to take advantage of the new enhancements for key apps; including Safari, Messages, and Maps, as well as new privacy features, we recommend that users wait until the next “dot” OS update before upgrading University-owned Macs. Continue reading Mac Users: Don’t Upgrade to Big Sur… Just Yet!

CTE & OIT Host SMUFlex Panel Discussion

On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 11 a.m., the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will host a virtual SMUFlex Panel Discussion. The discussion will feature faculty members from across disciplines. The event is free and open to the SMU community. More details can be found below from the original email. Continue reading CTE & OIT Host SMUFlex Panel Discussion

Fall 2020 Security Report Now Available

Fall 2020 Quarterly Security Report

Our Fall 2020 edition of the OIT Quarterly Security Update is now available to the SMU community.

In our Phishing Edition, we learn to think like a criminal in order to easily spot suspicious emails with the Biggest Phisher Contest and George Finney’s “The Psychology of Influence.” Ms. Security takes on HTTP/3 and how we can protect our kids, so they have a safe eLearning experience. We also plumb the depths of data security with a helpful infographic.

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Adobe Test Fest is Coming in November

Adobe Digital Badges

Students, join us on November 7, 2020, for Adobe Test Fest!

Adobe Test Fest will be a day dedicated to getting SMU students their Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification. Not only will OIT cover the cost of the certifications, but we will also award a $100 Amazon gift card to the student with the highest score on their Adobe certification. Certifications available during Adobe Test Fest are: Continue reading Adobe Test Fest is Coming in November

Phase I of SMU’s Phone Replacement Project Completed

Phone Project Phase 1 StatsIn September, we wrapped up the completion of Phase I of the Phone Replacement project.  This multi-year project kicked off with over 900 cabling upgrades and enabling layer 3 routing to ensure infrastructure readiness. Once these initial upgrades were complete, OIT kicked off a pilot to test functionality and ensure the successful rollout of new phones on campus.  Implementing this new system was a massive undertaking, with OIT staff canvassing The Hilltop to audit, plan, train, and deploy. From the University Data Center to Expressway Tower to the Law quad, every campus building required exceptional attention to detail. Continue reading Phase I of SMU’s Phone Replacement Project Completed