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.
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 .
The IBM/SPSS software starts alerting our campus software users about the upcoming expiration 30-days in advance each time the application is launched. Marshall University users can ignore these alerts regarding our current SPSS license that has a renewal anniversary date of 2/28/2018. The annual license renewal requisition process started several weeks ago and should be completed very soon.
All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend a Tech-up Open House at Drinko Library & Information Center on the Huntington campus.
Scheduled dates are:
Wednesday, January 3, 2018, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (DL 138)
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (DL 138)
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a Tech-up Open House Wednesday, January 3 or Wednesday, January 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 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.
Marshall University’s Information Technology Department’s continued partnership with Eduroam, a WiFi authentication service, allows Marshall students, faculty and staff to access wireless networks from other participating institutions while they are off-campus. Eduroam is available at more than 12,000 locations worldwide, including more than 450 colleges and universities. In addition, it provides high speed roaming to over 69 countries. If you are a student, faculty or staff member who will be traveling over winter break, keep this available service in mind and log into Eduroam at a participating campus near you and have access to a secure WiFi network.
Students, faculty, and staff can use their Marshall University email address and password to access the network. Just as members of Marshall’s community can take advantage of this opportunity while away from campus, individuals visiting Marshall University from a partner Eduroam institution can access WiFi connection without requesting “MU guest “credentials.
For more information visit eduroam-U.S. website or http://www.marshall.edu/it/services/researchcomputing/eduroam/ contact the IT Service Desk.
-Kristin Salustro, MUIT Marketing Intern
Marshall faculty, students, and staff have seen a recent upswing in the number of phishing emails received recently. Brooke Griffin, reporter for The Parthenon, recently interviewed IT staff. Read the article here.
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
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.
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-Kristin Salustro, MUIT Marketing Intern
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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.
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