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Do Your Part: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is held every October to raise awareness about staying safe and secure online. The theme for 2021 is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart,” helping to empower individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace.

Take these simple steps to improve your online safety and security and protect your personal information, connected devices, and university data:

A new look is coming to the Duo MFA application

In October, UC Davis affiliates may notice a slight change in the Duo Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) mobile application. The application will have an updated look and feel but there are no changes to how we use Duo.   

Here’s what to look for with the change:

SiteFarm update of 700+ campus websites will roll out the weekend of July 10

What would previously have taken years to accomplish will happen over a weekend in July.

The update will launch the new campus branding and other functionality to all campus websites on SiteFarm, the UC Davis created web content management system (CMS).

IET worked in close collaboration with Strategic Communications, and with SiteFarm users, to prepare for the update. Site owners had the opportunity to see what the update would look like on their dev sites, and provide feedback via a survey.

Over 700 are registered for the 2021 Information Security Symposium on June 15-16

Next week a record 700+ attendees will attend the virtual Information Security Symposium. The event will present talks, labs, and discussions on topics involving cybersecurity and privacy for UC and other higher education security and compliance professionals. The theme is “Adapt” – a continuing priority as campuses adjust to changes caused by COVID-19.

The organizing committee created a list of top 5 reasons to attend the symposium:

Everyone is welcome to attend Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 20

UC Davis has organized a virtual GAAD event that includes presentations and a keynote by Regine Gilbert, a user experience designer, educator, and international public speaker.

According to the GAAD foundation, the purpose of GAAD Day “…is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments.”

New Box web user interface and functionality rolls out on March 22

Box, the cloud-hosted data storage and collaboration service for students, faculty, and staff, is rolling out a refreshed web user interface that includes new functionality to help better organize your Box content. UC Davis will be enabling the changes on March 22 for all campus Box users.

Box has assembled this list of articles to help users understand the new features and functionality:

Reminder: Campus will begin enrolling students in Duo on Feb. 9

Starting Feb. 9, 2021, UC Davis will begin enrolling students in Duo automatically, after emailing them information about what to expect.

Duo multi-factor authentication (MFA) protects your online life much like a deadbolt secures a door. When you log in to an account protected by Duo, after you enter your usual password, Duo asks you for a second “factor”—typically a temporary code that Duo displays on your smartphone. Accept the code, and you’re in. Hackers who don’t have the second factor cannot get into your account.

Information Security Symposium at UC Davis calls for proposals

The Information Security Symposium at UC Davis, a popular source of ideas, new information, and networking for UC and other higher education security and compliance professionals, is now accepting proposals for the 2021 conference.

The virtual event, hosted by UC Davis, occurs June 15-16. Registration is complimentary this year.

This year’s theme is Adapt. Sessions will focus on:

Campus will begin enrolling students in Duo in February

If you’re a student at UC Davis, it’s time to enroll in Duo. 

Starting Feb. 9, 2021, UC Davis will begin enrolling students in Duo automatically, after emailing them information about what to expect. Students may also pre-empt the bulk enrollment by obtaining a Duo account by Feb. 5. 

The Knowledge Base, full of information about campus tech, logged a record 1.03 million visits in 2020

If you searched the campus IT Knowledge Base last year for instructions on how to use Duo at UC Davis, you were part of a popular trend.

Questions about adding a smartphone or enrolling in Duo helped drive traffic to the Knowledge Base, a collection of how-to articles, to a record 1.03 million visits in 2020. That’s up 22 percent from 840,000 in 2019, and more than double the 504,000 recorded in 2018.