As we rush past the mid-point of the semester I hope all your technology experiences have been positive. If that's not the case, then please let me know. I would love to hear about your technology experiences on campus, both positive and negative. The Office of Information Technology is here to help!
Hey students, now that the semester is getting into full swing, are you looking for a place to sit down and relax with food, friends and technology? Then stop by the Bernhard Center computer lab and check out the technology-enhanced collaboration spaces located in the back of the lab!
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! Hopefully everyone had a "funtastic" summer and is ready to jump right into the new school year. The Office of Information Technology is ramping up for what should be the best Bronco Bash ever! Please stop by the Technology Help Desk tent to pick up a free draw string bag. While there be sure to enter our technology raffle for a chance to win a brand new set of Beats headphones.
I had the pleasure of spending most of June in the lobby of Sangren Hall meeting with hundreds of parents who were on campus attending orientation. If the new students are anything like their parents, then fall 2017 is going to be an exciting semester. I appreciated all the enthusiasm and curiosity the parents brought to campus.
Phishing attacks: In June a rash of phishing emails appeared on campus which prompted a campus announcement in GoWMU, a Technology Help Desk blog post and an entry in WMU Today. If you are a WMU employee who has completed the Securing the Human online information technology security training then you know all about phishing emails.
Ransomware: Did WannaCry make you want to cry? In May, the latest cyber crime ransomware attack, WannaCry, became the largest ransomware attack ever as it infected computers in over 150 countries. This self-replicating malware spreads virally from vulnerable machine to vulnerable machine without one having to open an email, click on a link or take any other sort of action.
Computer labs storage drive: Do you use computer labs on campus? If so, have you ever stored anything on the lab computer's "H drive"? The lab computer's H drive, also know as Bronco NetID Fileshare Storage, has reached the end of life so computer labs on campus are making plans to transition from this legacy on-premise storage solution to W-Exchange's OneDrive for storing personal files.
AITC Educational Technologies Committee: Last fall mathematics professor Christine Browning became the chair of the Faculty Senate Academic Information and Technology Council's Educational Technology Committee. Among other things, this committee is charged with researching and recommending current and emerging instructional technologies for adoption at Western Michigan University.
Attention supervisors of student employees: To comply with state and federal regulations, the Office of Information Technology is asking all supervisors of students who use computers in their WMU job and/or access electronic or paper University data, to require these students to complete the online IT security education courses in Elearning.
Information Technology Acquisition Policy: Business intelligence processes are only as good as the data that feeds these processes. In order to ensure that the data contained in information systems at WMU are effectively integrated the IT Acquisition Policy should be closely followed when acquiring any new technology related services or when moving existing technology services to the cloud.