New Year, New Site! Check Out OIT’s New Web Page

During the summer months, a lot of stuff still goes on here on the Hilltop. With summer classes, freshening up buildings and lawns, and welcoming new Mustangs to campus, it’s a busy time! OIT has been hard at work on several initiatives this summer, with one resulting in a brand-new web site. Continue reading New Year, New Site! Check Out OIT’s New Web Page

Summer 2018 Security Report Now Available

OIT Spring 2018 Security Report

Our Summer 2018 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we show you how nearly everything that happens when you use a computer is written to a log on your computer or a server somewhere, discuss the new European privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, see how you can bring a Security Minute to your next meeting, plus more advice from Ms. Security.

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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 smu.edu/infosec. 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.

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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