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Remnant of SmartSite enters storage on June 30

May 10, 2018

This is it. What’s left of SmartSite will go offline next month.

But first, thanks to a tool created at UC Santa Cruz, materials in Resources folders inside old SmartSite sites will be copied into Box folders that the sites’ owners can have if they want. The owners can then keep or discard the materials as they wish.

Information and Educational Technology (IET) is making the copies to provide additional support, particularly for faculty, as the campus closes out its use of SmartSite.

After eduroam gets new certificate, you might get a prompt

May 07, 2018

Heads up if you use eduroam, the UC Davis wireless network.

The campus will install a new electronic security certificate on eduroam at 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, which means you might see a prompt on your phone or other device sometime after then asking you to accept the new certificate.

The certificate tells your device it’s connecting to eduroam. Some devices will accept the certificate automatically. Your experience will vary depending on your device, model, and operating system.

Notice of lost files from old SmartSite course or project sites

April 25, 2018

An accidental deletion of files contained in old SmartSite course and project sites has led to the loss of about 161,000 uploaded files, or about 2 percent of all files uploaded to the former learning management system.

The lost files varied in size and type, ranging from homework assignments and syllabi to files attached to emails. All were uploaded to SmartSite from June through December 2016, except for about 100 files from early 2017. Of the total, about 9.3 percent were uploaded by instructors. Almost all of the rest were uploaded by students.

Entries due in May for UC’s IT innovation prize

March 14, 2018

If you’ve done innovative work with technology at UC Davis during the past few years, here’s your chance to share the achievement throughout the University of California—and get recognized at a UC-wide IT conference that meets at UC Davis this year.

Considering applying for one of the 2018 Larry L. Sautter awards.

Cooperating on computers

March 06, 2018

Aggie Desktop, an emerging service, improves the way the campus manages desktop computing environments for staff and faculty by offering a common set of hardware, software and processes. The leadership and support of the service are similarly collaborative, drawing from the talents of four large academic and administrative organizations: The College of Engineering; Finance, Operations and Administration; the College of Letters and Science; and Information and Educational Technology.

 

Jackson Muhirwe, a new leader in campus cybersecurity, is ready for our complexity

February 20, 2018

UC Davis might have a complex computing environment, but Jackson Muhirwe, the new deputy chief information security officer for the campus, comes here from a location that outdoes even our large, decentralized institution for size and variety.

For nine months, he was interim chief information security officer for the city and county of San Francisco. He served a diverse government organization of more than 55 departments that ranged from the mayor’s office and airport to the police department, health department, and port.

How to help your messages not look too risky to read

February 16, 2018

Maybe you’ve thought it yourself: That message in my inbox is probably legitimate, but it looks like phishing. Campuses are well aware of the dilemma of sending emails that resemble the scams they often warn against. Fortunately, a few simple measures can help those messages look legitimate.

2018 UC Computing Services Conference calls for proposals

February 02, 2018

The annual University of California Computing Services Conference is now seeking presentations for its 2018 meeting, to be held Aug. 13-15, 2018, here at UC Davis.

The theme is “sustainable technology,” and organizers are calling for proposals that fit any of several tracks:

Campus receiving reports of email ‘upgrade’ phishing scam; also, watch for tax season frauds

January 31, 2018

The Information Security Office is distributing this message to the campus this afternoon.

Jan. 31, 2018

Colleagues,

An unusually realistic phishing email has shown up today in UC Davis email accounts. The links direct the user to a fake UC Davis login page. If you receive this email message (see example) or anything like it, please delete it. You don’t need to do anything else.

The campus has blocked incoming and outgoing traffic to locations associated with this scam.

Five ways you can take advantage of #dataprivacyday at #UCDavis

January 29, 2018

January 28 is National Data Privacy Day. In that spirit, here are five suggestions that can help you to, as the U.S. Senate once declared in a Privacy Day resolution, “respect privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust.” And because every day is a good day to do that, these ideas apply year-round.

“It is important that we think every day about both our own privacy, as well as our responsibilities as employees to respect and protect each other’s privacy,” said Molly M. Theodossy, director of Compliance and Policy Programs for UC Davis.