We Are….IT! Feature Friday – Jon Cutler

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Jon Cutler

Chief Information Security Officer

 

 


What degrees do you hold?
B.B.A Emphasis on Business Information Systems – Marshall University
M.S Emphasis in Technology Management – Marshall University
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
ISC^2

How would you describe your role in 10 words or less?
I manage risk and raise awareness of information security around campus.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
The variety of people and professions. One day I may be talking to a faculty member who is an expert in science or arts, the next day I may be talking with a group of students, and after that work with campus administrators over in Old Main. I never go home thinking “Wow, my job is so boring.”

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston area?
Whatever is new, especially with different types of international food. Most recently I’ve just visited Shangri-La Chinese restaurant, they are great!

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Someplace outdoors, but not too crowded. Recently visited the Pacific Northwest and enjoyed their old-growth forests. Standing in the middle of a grove of trees that have been around for 500-700 years…it can really change your perspective on what’s important.

What are you currently watching/Binging?
I believe our TV is stuck on the Home & Garden (HGTV) channel with the usual group of do-it-yourself and fixer-upper shows. Also enjoy a good sci-fi or psychology-thriller on Netflix.

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
Planes, trains, and automobiles. I enjoy airshows and aircraft museums. I also have been building and flying model radio-controlled (R/C) aircraft. Growing up in Huntington I have always loved the railroad, but have a deep interest in learning more about the era of ‘big steam engines’ (1900-1950’s). Automobiles, well I love to hop in the car with my wife Mona and go to places where we can see…planes and trains.

What is your LinkedIn?
https://www.linkedin.com/in/cutlerjon/

How can someone from our community reach you?
jon.cutler@marshall.edu


We Are… IT! Feature Friday – Sarah Quarles

Sarah Quarles

IT Security Analyst


What degrees do you hold?
BS – Integrated Science & Technology with an emphasis in Digital Forensics obtained from Marshall University

How would you describe your role?
I assist the CISO in protecting the security of IT infrastructure, devices on the network, and sensitive university data. I maintain the client inventory and software deployment system, Symantec Endpoint Protection antivirus management server, and the MU Alert contact database. Also involved in patch management, license compliance, vulnerability testing, incident response, and more.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
Getting exposed to various new technologies and software, while applying my technical skills and ideas. I also enjoy the higher education atmosphere and getting to walk around the beautiful campus.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston are?
Jewel City – Best fish tacos in the world!

What is your favorite vacation spot?
The beach or a cabin our in the woods where I can hike or kayak. Anywhere warm and near moving water.

What are you currently watching/binging?
Classic movies from the 30s-50s.

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
Sewing, classic movies, hiking, kayaking, outdoors, running, lifting weights, and working out.

Any additional interests you’d like to add?
I’m a volunteer seamstress for Sow for Love, a non-profit organization that provides recyclable feminine products, clothing, and hygiene kits to poverty-stricken families in Haiti. I also operate video cameras at my church and the information desk for the children’s ministry.

How can someone from our community reach you?
quarles@marshall.edu

Plug in your LinkedIn
Sarah Quarles

 

 

 


Safer Internet Day!

Today, February 6, 2018, is Safer Internet Day (SID), a worldwide event aimed at promoting the safe and positive use of digital technology for all users, especially children and teens. This year’s SID theme—Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better Internet starts with you—encourages everyone to play their part in creating a better, safer, and more secure Internet.

NCCIC/US-CERT encourages users to view the Safer Internet Day website to view tips.

Safer Internet Day 2018 logo


Tax Identity Theft

Reminder:  Use caution during tax season to protect yourself against tax identity theft scams!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marshall University Information Technology (MUIT) wants to warn the Marshall community to be on the look-out for Tax Identity Theft scams. Many federal agencies are offering information and resources to help consumers learn to protect themselves from tax-related identity theft and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) imposter scams.
MUIT along with the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) encourage consumers to review IRS publication Taxes.Security.Together. and NCCIC/US-CERT Tip Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft. Users can also participate in a series of free webinars and chats on avoiding tax identity theft, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, IRS, Department of Veterans Affairs, and others.
For more information about Information Security at Marshall University please visit our website: www.marshall.edu/infosec .


MU Alert Test – Spring 2018

Marshall University will be conducting a test of the MU Alert emergency messaging system on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 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, January 23rd to be included on the test.

Additional information is available on the MU Alert website.


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

 


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.


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.


[TechInfo] Is this legit?

[TechInfo] Is this legit? ‘New Microsoft Office 2016 is Here for Only $9.95’

Informational Advisory – Microsoft Office Upgrade Offer

This advisory was sent via email to nearly 900 @Marshall recipients who have recently received an e-mail from ‘Microsoft Home Use Program MicrosoftHUPsupport@digitalriver.com . This is a legitimate message and you are receiving this because you have previously enrolled for or purchased media from the Microsoft ‘Home Use Program’ for Microsoft Office on your home computer. (See Frequently Asked Questions section below on how to unsubscribe from these mailings).

But before you pay $9.95 to upgrade, please read the rest of this message below…

 

 

If you are an Marshall faculty or staff member eligible for ‘Home Use Rights’ (see Microsoft’s definition of employee below in the frequently asked questions section) in most cases you will be better served by upgrading your home computer software using the no-cost Office 365 media.

If you are no longer a Marshall University employee, but you are still an active student, you can also use O365 media described below.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use Office 365 Media on a Personally Owned PC/Windows or Apple Macintosh OS?
    Yes. the Microsoft Office 365 download is intended for PERSONALLY-OWNED machines. There are separate versions for Microsoft Windows PC’s and Apple Macintosh OS X computers.
  • Is there a difference in the O365 software and Microsoft Office software installed on my University-owned computer?
    In some cases yes. Functionally, both products are Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. – and you have a choice of ‘new’ (Office 2016) or ‘previous’ (2013) releases. However, with the O365 release, Microsoft will make future updates available to you. These updates may appear on a different release schedule than your University-owned computer. You will still have the option to ‘accept’ or ‘defer’ these major updates. You may wish to maintain the same major version (e.g. Office 2013 vs. Office 2016) running on both your personally- and University-owned computers.
  • Where can I get more information on accessing the Office 365 software?
    Please visit our website for more details.
  • What is an eligible employee for purposes of the ‘Home Use Program’?
    Microsoft defines ‘eligible employee’ as follows… “those individuals who use the covered licenses at work are eligible to purchase these Office applications for use on a personal device during the term of their employment. This temporary license expires with the employer’s Software Assurance coverage, or upon termination of employment with the covered organization.”
  • How can I request Microsoft/DigitalRiver to stop sending me these upgrade offers?
    Locate the e-mail message in your inbox (Subject:  The New Microsoft Office 2016 is Here for Only $9.95!). At the very bottom of the message, locate the ‘Click here to unsubscribe’ web link. This will take you to a webpage which will already contain your e-mail address. Click the [Unsubscribe] button. That’s it.

Please direct any additional questions to IT Service Desk itservicedesk@marshall.edu so that we can upgrade our existing question & answer section on the IT website.