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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.

Starting Feb. 10, dialing from 916 will change

January 16, 2018

If you have a 916 area code number, get ready to change your dialing habits and perhaps update your saved or programmed phone numbers.

Starting Feb. 10, when you call from a 916 number, you must include the area code of the number you’re dialing for the call to go through. Instead of dialing seven digits, you’ll dial 1 + ten.

For example, to reach UC Davis Health, you’ll dial 1-916-734-2011. Simply dialing 734-2011 won’t work anymore.

Cut to Sacramento fiber-optic cable disrupts network access at UC Davis

December 21, 2017

Several important UC Davis services were unavailable starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, when a construction project in downtown Sacramento severed a fiber-optic cable that carries network traffic to and from the Sacramento data center used by UC Davis.
 
Computing accounts, Banner, UC Davis Canvas, Final Grade Submission, myucdavis, and Office 365 were among the services affected. UC Davis services were re-established about 2:30 p.m. after technical personnel were able to restore a redundant network access channel.
 
The outage affected much more than UC Davis.

UC Davis Canvas course rosters now identify wait-listed students to faculty

December 14, 2017

A recent change to UC Davis Canvas makes it easy for faculty to identify wait-listed students in class rosters.

Instructors can see the improvement when they look at the roster displayed in the People tool of their course sites. Beginning with classes taught in the upcoming winter quarter/spring semester, any students who are wait-listed will have “Student_Waitlist” after their names (see example).

Previously, students were listed simply as students, whether they were on a wait list or not.

With use of SiteFarm growing, UC Davis sets end date for Cascade, cPanel

December 12, 2017

UC Davis website managers and communicators should be interested in this news: The campus will retire Cascade as a content management system, and cPanel as a place to host websites, in late 2018.

The change comes as more campus units opt to build and manage sites with SiteFarm, a more modern UC Davis web publishing platform, instead of Cascade. SiteFarm is a central service available at no cost to campus units, and includes website hosting.

UC Davis will host UC-wide computing conference for 2018

December 11, 2017

UC Davis will host the next annual University of California Computing Services Conference on Aug. 13-15, 2018. The theme this year is “sustainable technology.”   

The conference is open to any faculty and staff who work in IT or are interested in information technology. Presentations are generally designed for IT professionals, but some sessions will cover topics that also apply outside IT, such as project management, service delivery and procurement.