Improve your online life! Give it a good digital spring cleaning

April 18, 2017

You’ve heard of spring cleaning? There’s a digital equivalent, and it’s as important as any scrubbing you do around the house or office.

Like cleaning your home, the work might not be much fun, but you won’t have to haul out any mops or sponges to do it and you’ll likely feel better when you’re done. You’ll improve your security, and your devices will probably run faster.

Here are a few tips for refreshing and renewing your cyber life:

1. Review your online accounts

Last call: SmartSite can’t be used for teaching after June

April 12, 2017

It’s really happening. The instructional use of SmartSite will end when spring term concludes in June.

“As planned, SmartSite will no longer be an active learning management system once spring quarter ends, without exceptions,” said David Levin, director of Academic Technology Services (ATS) in Information and Educational Technology.

“We want everyone to know this is a firm deadline,” he said. “About 85 percent of instructors are already using its replacement, UC Davis Canvas, and we don’t want the final 15 percent to be left behind.”

SiteFarm is available campuswide on April 17

April 03, 2017

SiteFarm, UC Davis’ modern web publishing platform, will be available campuswide starting April 17.

Campus website developers and communicators can use SiteFarm to build and manage websites. SiteFarm is a central service available at no cost to campus units, and includes cloud hosting; you can take it for a spin on the demo site.

Remember, cybersecurity training is now required to earn a ‘fully achieved’ job review

March 30, 2017

This message is for the 28,500 UC Davis faculty, staff and student employees who received an email in January advising them to take their UC cybersecurity awareness training.

To the nearly 83 percent who have finished the training: Thank you!

To the 17 percent who haven’t yet: You’re overdue—and remember, completing the training is now a pre-requisite for receiving a “Fully Achieved Expectations” rating on your annual job evaluation. Please complete the training soon. Also, deans and vice chancellors have received lists of people in their areas who are overdue for finishing the training, or whose deadline is close.

Registration opens for expanded June 2017 Information Security Symposium

March 28, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 Information Security Symposium, which will again deliver two days of labs, talks and workshops on cybersecurity in higher education.

Because the last few conferences have sold out, this year’s event has room for 450 people, or about one-third more than two years ago. The conference occurs every other year, and this year the semi-annual UC Cybersecurity Summit has been added to the lineup.

SmartSite project sites can continue past June; guidance will be available

March 07, 2017

If you own a project site in SmartSite and wonder what to do with it now that the service is going away, we have updates.

The first is that project sites can continue in SmartSite past spring quarter—but please notice the key phrase, “project sites.” As previously announced, the capability for teaching with SmartSite will conclude after June.

The second update is that Information and Educational Technology is assembling a team to help project site owners identify new locations for the project work they’ve been housing in SmartSite.

New report highlights advances in campus IT, from research support to drama

February 27, 2017

The new 2017 Technology Highlights report presents stories about a few key developments in UC Davis IT, involving such areas as support for research, wireless access, and new approaches to information security.

If you enjoy the report’s online bonus game too, so much the better. It’s just in there to show that reports about technology don’t have to be dense.

They want a copy of your W-2 tax form? Who’s asking?

February 10, 2017

Tax-fraud season is like the flu. It comes around each year, and you need to take extra precautions when the risk is high.

From now through the tax-filing deadline in April, the risk is high.

“We don’t know what the scams are going to look like this year,” says an advisory from the University of California Systemwide Information Security Office, “but expect attackers will only get craftier.”

As more faculty adopt UC Davis Canvas, fewer students use SmartSite

January 26, 2017

The campus is three-fourths of the way home. Seventy-five percent of instructors who are teaching with a learning management system (LMS) this term are using UC Davis Canvas.

That’s up from 60 percent last fall, and explains a major change in LMS use among students. Last autumn, almost all students had at least one class apiece in Canvas and SmartSite, and so they used both systems. Now so many instructors have adopted Canvas that about 10,000 students don’t need to use SmartSite this term.