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National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)- October 2018

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.

“The Marshall IT team looks forward to National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) as an annual opportunity to share with our campus community a variety of tips and techniques we can all use to protect the data and devices in our digital lives,” said Jon Cutler, chief information security officer. The Marshall Information Technology (IT) team has participated in the national cyber security awareness events since 2011. These annual events are a great opportunity to for each of us to increase our digital security awareness.”

National Cyber Security Awareness Month began in 2004 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.

“We know folks in the Marshall campus community are concerned about cyber threats but don’t always realize the part they can play in identifying and avoiding these attacks,” Cutler said. “It seems hardly a week goes by that we don’t hear or read about new computer security issue. Especially troubling this past year has been the steady increase of phishing attacks against campus email accounts. We trust you will find each of the weekly topics to be helpful and welcome any feedback in how those messages can be improved.”

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

For more information about NCSAM, visit You are also invited to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and the use of hashtags #MarshallUInfoSec #CyberAware and #StopThinkConnect on Twitter throughout the month of October.

Employment Opportunity – IT Systems Integration Specialist


Job Description: ERP- focused Responsibilities:
Responsible for working within the University Enterprise Applications Group, to support and maintain the University’s applications and functionality. More specifically to maintain and ensure effective administration of the Marshall University Learning Management System, including but not limited to: testing and posting new content, troubleshooting administrative and user technical issues, ensuring accurate audience assignments and assessment scoring, documenting processes and policies, and developing reports and queries for a variety of internal constituents.

LMS – focused Responsibilities:
Primarily maintains Learning Management System (LMS) including troubleshooting and fixing user issues. Develops and documents processes or policies as needed to establish consistent use of the system. Provides learning management system support to leadership. Trains managers/supervisors/course designers on basic use of the system’s self-serve functionalities such as reporting, development and delegation of competency assessments and the creation of electronic technical checklists. Develops reports and queries that are concise, intuitive, and actionable for organizational users. Works with education staff, regulatory, and subject matter experts to create and manage system-level learning assignment. Communicates with LMS vendor to ensure system accessibility and technical standards. Tests all changes to the LMS, posts and test e-Learning modules, ensures accurate audience assignment and assessment scoring. Identifies, troubleshoots, and resolves problems with courses, course design, LMS configuration and infrastructure. Oversees vendor management for online learning content (manage the relationship, deliverables, report out to management and human resources) Oversees the installation of all system updates, upgrades, integrated tools, and other software integrated within the learning management system. Compiles and communicates performance metrics for online and classroom training courses in order to measure training effectiveness. Makes recommendations on future improvements to content management, workflow processes, and user experience.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Computer Science or related field is required; 3-5 years of technology experience; Experience programming web applications. Experience with web server applications; Experience with one or more of the following web based programming languages, PHP,.NETASP, Java; Experience with working with database systems, preferably an RDBMS such as MS-SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle; A strong understanding of SQL; Adequate proficiently with forward facing web technologies and scripting languages, including HTMLCSS, JavaScript, XML and XSLT. Must be able to perform all essential job duties as outlined in the job description.


To learn more about this position or apply please visit,

We Are… IT! Feature Friday – Azyn Chahryar

Azyn Chahryar

Office Administrator

What degrees do you hold?

BBA – Management Information Systems – Marshall University

Describe your role in MUIT in 10 words for less:

Lots of paperwork, plan IT events, graphic design, and photography

Favorite thing about working in IT or at MU:

The people are awesome! I’ve made some great friends working here. I also love working on campus! It is so lively

all of the time and there’s always something going on. So fun!

Favorite Restaurant in Huntington/Charleston area:

Laury’s is my family’s restaurant in Charleston, so I may be partial to it BUT it’s delicious! & Christopher’s Eats! They have the most amazing brunch.

Favorite Vacay Spot:

I like literally any beach. If I am by a body of water, especially the ocean, I am in my happy place. However, Hawaii has been my favorite vacation I’ve ever been on. It is so beautiful there with so much to do!

Who inspires you?:

My whole family. I am an only child and a first-gen American, so my family, our traditions, and how hard they worked for us mean everything to me. I aspire to be as successful in my relationships, career, and personal life as they all are.

Currently Watching/Binging:

Some recent shows I’ve been hooked on are The Good Place, Black Mirror, and Impractical Jokers. However, I will never turn down some reruns of Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: SVU, or Friends.

Best concert you’ve ever attended?:

Oh man, this is a hard one. I have been to so many amazing shows! I would have to say Dolly Parton at the Grand Ole Opry. Or Sam Hunt!

Something you can’t live without?:

My friends! We always joke that we all have FOMO (fear of missing out) because we hate to spend a single day apart.

Most adventurous thing you’ve done?:

Very recently, my friends convinced me to go white-water rafting. That was very scary to me, until I stepped on the boat. It turned out to be amazing and I can’t wait to go again!

Coolest thing you’re currently working on?:

Building an app. My best friend and I came up with a great idea for one, and we are currently in our planning stages.


I love playing the piano, taking my kayak out on the lake, and traveling the state’s best spots!



Drinko Library and Information Center to host open house Sept. 5

Faculty and staff are invited to join Libraries and Online Learning and the Division of Information Technology for the 2018 Drinko Open House from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, on the 3rd floor of the Drinko Library and Information Center on the Huntington campus.

During the event, guests will be encouraged to take a tour of Drinko Library to learn more about IT and Library and Online Learning services including circulation, inter-library loans, the Writing Center, Instructional Design Center, ID Office, IT Service Desk, Marshall Digital Scholar and more.

The event will also showcase the location of all service areas in the building as well as information about additional services available from both departments and refreshments will be available.

More info at:

Intern Spotlight – Gage Childers

Gage Childers

Information Technology


Digital Forensics and Information Assurance

Internship Team:

Information Security

What’s your dream job?:

Security Tech Engineer

What made you want to be in the IT Field?:

I’ve always had a strong interest in technology, specifically the security of different devices and how they could be exploited.

Describe what you do for the IT department in three sentences or less:

Most of my days consists of web development, creating and updating pages for MU IT. I also assist everyone around the office in day to day operations.

Favorite Restaurant in Huntington/Charleston area?:

Tortilla Factory

What’s your favorite hobbies?:

Hanging out with friends, going out on the boat, or just about anything outdoors.

What’s your favorite part of technology?:

How quick and easily it can change. There’s always something new that can be learned and improved on.

Something you can’t live without?:


Favorite Vacation spot?:


Who inspires you?:

Elon Musk

If you could have any super power, what would it be?:

I would want to fly because I hate waiting in traffic.

What’s your favorite food?:

Hot Wings

If you were an animal, what would you be?:

MU Squirrel

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?:



Tech Up Session Tonight!


Come join us!

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a Tech-up Open House Wednesday, August 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Drinko Library and Information Center Room 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.

For more information, please visit

Intern Spotlight – Adam D’Alessandro

Adam D’Alessandro

Information Technology Intern



Internship Team:


What’s your dream job?:

Meta Data

What made you want to be in the IT Field?:

Air Force Career

Describe what you do for the IT department in three sentences or less:

I watch the network for outliers.

Favorite Restaurant in Huntington/Charleston area?:


What’s your favorite hobbies?:

Weather and Xbox One

What’s your favorite device in technology?:

The iPad

Something you can’t live without?:


Favorite Vacation spot?:

Colorado Rocky Mountains

Who inspires you?:

My Father

If you could have any super power, what would it be?:

To fly

What’s your favorite food?:


If you were an animal, what would you be?:

Large cat or Killer Whale

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?:


Lynda Campus offers technology help for vacations

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” – Henry Miller

Being able to protect, capture, and manage your vacation is very important. Lynda Campus provides you an easy way to do just that! Learn how to use technology to help keep you safe, get the most out of the mobile photography revolution, and boost your productivity by crafting a personalized approach to time management.

Marshall University Information Technology’s partnership with Lynda Campusprovides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to easily access in-depth training on these skills, as well as many others. Take advantage of this opportunity by checking out the related topics below:

To access training videos, please visit and sign in using your MUNet Account username and password. Access is available both on and off-campus.

Benefits to using include:

  • Unlimited access to courses on a wide variety of technologies and disciplines
  • Up-to-date content to keep skills current and learn new skills
  • New courses added each week
  • Tutorials taught by recognized industry experts
  • Access to instructors’ exercise files to follow along as you learn
  • Closed captioning and searchable, time-coded transcripts
  • Beginner to advanced courses
  • Option to watch complete courses or bite-size videos as you need them

Need assistance? System Requirements

Contact the IT Service Desk, located on the first floor in the Drinko Library, e-mail or call 304-696-3200.

We Are…IT! Feature Friday – Eric Himes

Eric Himes

Director, Digital Media Services

What degrees do you hold?
BA – Journalism and Mass Communications

How would you describe your role in MUIT in 10 words?
If digital media is involved, I’m somehow involved.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT?
The variety of projects I am involved with

What is your favorite restaurant in Huntington/Charleston Area?
All of them – except Jim’s

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
It’s about the adventure, not the location

What are you currently binging/watching?
Homeland, Shades of Blue

Best concert you’ve ever attended?
My daughter’s honor’s band concert

Something you can’t live without?
My wife

Most adventurous thing you’ve done?
Pack the car for a three week cross country trip with out any reservations. There is always an adventure in any trip.

Cooking and Traveling

How should one get ahold of you?



Emeritus VP Dr. Miller Authors Book

Emeritus Vice President of Information Technology Dr. Arnold Miller has authored an e-book with Jack L. Dickinson, a staff member of the Special Collections Department of Morrow Library. This e-book “In the Beginning… A Legacy of Computing at Marshall University” is on the early computing history of Marshall University. It covers the 40 years between 1959 and 1999. This book includes images of the various systems, several comments from users, and hardware and software descriptions. It is available as a free download on Marshall Digital Scholar at