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.
The fall semester closed on a positive note with many of you venturing down to Texas to attend the Cotton Bowl. And speaking of the Cotton Bowl, WOW, what a great turn out by the Bronco faithful and what a great game! As spring semester gets underway, let us all continue to "Row the Boat" by showing our Bronco Pride in everything we do!
Did everyone get a chance to attend ESPN GameDay? WMU was a fantastic host for this truly one of a kind event. Given the inclement weather conditions I thought the student and community participation was exceptional. What a great day to be a Bronco! And kudos to those in the Office of Information Technology who worked with ESPN and with WMU Athletics to make sure that the technology side of the event worked to perfection.
Leaf colors aren't the only thing changing around campus this fall. The Office of Information Technology is constantly looking for ways to help improve YOUR technology experience at Western Michigan University. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any technology related ideas and/or concerns.