National Cyber Security Awareness Month Info Table

Interested in how cyber security affects you?

On Tuesday, October 17th, and Thursday, October 19th, from 11a.m.-1p.m. each day, Marshall University’s Information Technology (IT) division will be hosting the Hackers for Charity student group for a National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) table in the lobby of the first floor of the Drinko Library and Information Center.  These students will share practical tips on how to improve your personal information security and avoid online threats.

 

As technology continues to become a large part of our professional and personal lives, it is important to be educated in how to keep private information secure.  We are eager to share with you the resources Marshall University has to not only provide information on the importance of cybersecurity but demonstrate the steps you can take to become more cyber secure in your everyday life.  Additional information regarding weekly topics and resources can be found at www.marshall.edu/it/ncscam/topics

For the month of October, MUIT’s Instagram and Twitter will be posting weekly tips on cybersecurity, follow the hashtag #CyberAware and follow us @MarshallU_IT.

For more information about NCSAM, visit www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam.

Marshall University Information Technology Contact: Crystal Stewart

-Kristin Salustro, MUIT Marketing Intern

 

Marshall CIO Edward Aractingi participates as a panelist at a workshop on cybersecurity

The “Cyber Research Acceleration Workshop” hosted by the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research took place on October 10 and 11. Marshall’s Chief Information Officer, Edward Aractingi, spoke as a panelist during the event. In addition to Dr. Aractingi, the panel included CIOs and industry speakers from the University of Illinois and Indiana University and discussed ways for university CIOs to drive and support research acceleration, especially in the Cybersecurity field.

MUIT Interns participate in WV Makes Festival

 

West Virginia Makes Festival- October 6th, 2017

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RBCI) will be hosting this year’s Fourth Annual West Virginia Makes Festival on Marshall University’s Memorial Student Center Plaza, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Friday, October 6th, 2017.  This Festival is a celebration of the ingenuity and creativity of makers statewide as well as initiators closer to home.   Marshall University’s Information Technology division will be represented by students in our intern program.

There will be interactive demonstrations given by the interns, including an IT Service Desk queue manager, digital signage providing information on access to available lab computers, cognitive facial recognition, wifi router installation project, and the primer of the IT Chatbot Assistant.  The IT Service desk will soon be able to access MU students’ basic information allowing them to sign in and schedule appointments by simply tapping their MUID.  Visitors to the Drinko Library and Information Center will now be able to track the availability of computers in the building, allowing students to see which devices are accessible on each floor of the library.  A new facial recognition system will be implemented in Drinko to improve security and monitor access to restricted rooms.  In addition, the Marshall website will be premiering an IT Chatbot Assistant to help assist students and staff with various troubleshooting scenarios.

Click for further information on the WV Makes Festival.

Additional information regarding the MUIT TIER Lab and how to become an intern.

Marshall University Information Technology Contact: crystal.stewart@marshall.edu.

-Kristin Salustro, MUIT Marketing Intern

MUIT participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

The Marshall University Information Technology (IT) department is participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) to raise awareness of Cyber Security issues. Throughout the month of October, Marshall IT will be sharing information from the national campaign on Twitter, their website and through newsletter articles.

 

 

“This is the fifth year in which Marshall IT has participated in national cyber security awareness events,” said Jon Cutler, chief information security officer. “This is another opportunity for our team to share practical advice on information security with our campus community. We know many folks are concerned about online threats. So now we share information about how they can protect not only themselves but also the campus against cyber-criminal activity. We believe you will find each of the weekly topics to be helpful and welcome any feedback in how those messages can be improved.”

National Cyber Security Awareness Month began 14 years ago as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. NCSAM is celebrated across the country each October under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Different cybersecurity issues will be addressed each week including basic online safety and security, workplace cybersecurity, recognizing and combating cybercrime, our continuously connected lives and what to do if you are a victim of cyber-crime.

“We know the Marshall campus community has a lot of questions about cyber security. Use of technology is a part of our everyday lives – both professionally and personally,” Cutler said. “Are you concerned when hearing reports in the news of yet another hacker security breach? Does the growing number of smart-devices in our lives put us and others at risk? Participation in National Cyber Security Month provides another opportunity to share a wide variety of resources which will help us gain a better understanding of online security issues and provides some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.”

For more information about NCSAM, visit www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You are also invited to follow and use the hashtag #CyberAware on Twitter throughout the month of October.

New Wi-Fi Install Schedule for Residence Halls

Housing and Residence Life is currently working with Marshall University Information Technology (IT) in an effort to expand and strengthen the Wi-Fi coverage in the residence halls.  We have ordered new equipment, which we will begin installing in student rooms later this month.  This equipment will provide each residence hall room with its own in-room Wi-Fi access point. This is in an effort to ensure that each room on campus has a strong and stable connection.  While we had hoped that the in-room Wi-Fi access points would be delivered on-campus over the summer and installed before you arrived, they were unfortunately on backorder from the manufacturer due to their increased demand nationally.  We are excited to say that the in-room access points have just arrived on-campus and are ready to be installed.

Each access point is a small box that will be connected to an Ethernet port that already exists in your room.  The access point will provide you with wireless access and at the bottom of it, there will be three ports for any wired device that you need to connect directly to the Ethernet port. IT will begin work on installing the equipment into rooms over the next two months.  We ask you to be patient as the IT team installs the access points because it will take some time for the units to be configured and installed in each room.

Housing and Residence Life has worked with IT to develop a timeline for the installation.  Please see the information below regarding the dates and times, we will be working in your building.  You are not required to be in your room during the installation process.  We will have a member of the Housing and Residence Life team escorting the IT staff who will make sure that your room is left in the conditions we found it and secure.

In preparation for the installation, we ask that during your building’s time frame that you please move any furniture and/or personal belongings away from your Ethernet port.  This includes anything above or below the port, including wall hangings.  We also ask that you unplug any items from the Ethernet port during the time-frames as well. This will allow IT to quickly complete the work in your room. 

 

Building Date Time Notes
Wellman (2nd and 1st floors) 9/11/17-9/12/17 10am-3:30pm Start on 2nd and work down to 1st
Willis 9/13/17-9/18/17 10am-3:30pm Start on 4th and work down to 1st  (No work completed on 9/16 or 9/17)
Haymaker 9/19/17-9/22/17 10am-3:30pm Start on 4th and work down to 1st
Twin Towers East 9/18/17-9/21/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 15th floor and work down to 1st
Twin Towers West 9/25/17-9/28/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 15th floor and work down to 1st
Gibson 10/9/17-10/12/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 4th floor and work down to 1st
Wellman (4th and 3rd floors) 10/16/17-10/19/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm 4th and 3rd floors
Buskirk 10/23/17-10/27/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 6th floor and work down to 1st
Holderby 10/30/17-11/2/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 9th and work down to 5th
Holderby 11/6/17-11/9/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 4th and work down to 1st

 

We do not expect there to be any building internet outages during the installation of the equipment other than the potential momentary drop in connection while your access point is being installed.  After installation, you will still connect to the Wi-Fi though Marshall like before.

If you have any questions, please contact Housing and Residence Life at 304-696-6765.

(email originally sent from HRL on 9/8/17)

IT to host Unified Communications Workshop

Information Technology will be hosting unified communications workshops for faculty and staff Tuesday, Sept. 19, and Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. in Drinko Library and Information Center Room 402, highlighting an improved phone interface that will be updated Oct. 1.

Attendees will learn how Skype for Business (SFB) integrates all of our communication needs by combining desk phones, Microsoft Outlook, instant messaging and videoconferencing for collaboration both on and off-campus.

This workshop will focus on reviewing current features and highlighting upcoming software releases for the Polycom VVX 600 phones, Skype for Business and the SFB Mobile App, as well as how to utilize all of the Unified Communication solutions to increase productivity and improve connectivity and collaboration.

 

Additional online Skype for Business training is also available through Lynda.com.

To register, visit www.marshall.edu/human-resources/training/training-schedule/it-unified-communications-training/.

For more information, contact crystal.stewart@marshall.edu.

MUAlert Test

Marshall University will be conducting a test of the MU Alert emergency messaging system on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 10 a.m.. This is an opt-in service available to MU community members. Subscribers are asked to be sure they receive a message by noon on Wednesday, and if necessary update their contact information via the myMU interface. If the information is correct and no message was received, please email mualert@marshall.edu with details on which method (text, email, and/or voice) did not work and the details for each pertinent method. Please sign up or update your information prior to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5th to be included on the test.

Additional information is available on the MU Alert website.

Information Technology, Libraries and Online Learning to host Tech Up sessions August 17 and 30

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a Tech-up Open House Thursday, August 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. or Wednesday, August 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Drinko Library 138 on the Huntington campus.

Brush up on your technology skills in navigating the library’s electronic resources and services and using Blackboard through MUOnLine. IT staff will be on-hand to provide an overview of myMU and assist with other computer or wireless questions.

Learn tips and tricks to help you hit the ground running with research and writing support; accessing online librarians and guides; and maximizing e-books and e-journals. Basic Blackboard tools and utilizing the free 24/7 Blackboard tech support service will also be covered. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

 

 

“Tech Up” was created in response to a request by a Marshall University student. Originally developed for nontraditional students, Tech Up has one purpose—to help all students succeed at Marshall by being technologically up to speed by the time they take their first course.

Students can also self-enroll in the online version of Tech Up through MU OnLine/ Blackboard. Log in, click on the Organization tab, search for “Technology & Non-Traditional Students,” Enroll.

For additional information, contact Tiffany Bowes at bowes1@marshall.edu or 304-696-4801.

Open Positions: Database Analyst & Web Developer

Marshall University Information Technology is looking to fill the following positions.

Database Analyst
Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership role to IT staff, assist IT Management in deploying IT solutions in an efficient manner.
  • Server maintenance, and configuration
  • Oracle, Microsoft SQLServer, and MySQL database skills, analysis and SQL development
  • Infrastructure skills: Linux, Windows Server, llS, Apache, Tomcat configuration and deployment
  • Performing or serving lead role when complex design, analysis, development, installation, and maintenance is required for support and/or expansion of applications.

You can learn more and apply for this position here.

Web Developer
The Web Developer provides comprehensive design, development, and technical support services across multiple platforms for University’s websites. This position is highly expected to be very collaborative, and work closely with, as well as develop and maintain relationships between developers, designers, managers, and service stakeholders.

This position collaborates with development and content management teams to discuss, analyze, or resolve usability issues. Identify or address interoperability requirements. Track, compile, and analyze web site usage data using modern tools such as Google Analytics. Document application and web site changes or change procedures. Test new software packages for use in web operations or other applications. Develop or implement procedures for ongoing web site revision.

You can learn more and apply for this position here.

New Faculty Computer Deployment

ATTENTION NEW FACULTY:

The computers for all new faculty have been ordered and are beginning to arrive on campus.  For those new members of the faculty in tenure track positions who are already on campus, we’ll begin deployment to you Thursday July 27th .  The IT Service Desk will be reaching out to you to schedule the setup of your new computer.  Since you’re new to the university, we may not have your preferred contact method in our system and would encourage you to contact the service desk to schedule a convenient time for installation.

You can contact the Service Desk any of the following ways:

Live Chat:            www.marshall.edu/it

Telephone:         (304)696-3200

Email:                    ITServiceDesk@marshall.edu