UA Vice Provost and CIO Dr. John McGowan to Speak at HCA Guest Lecture

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. the Honors College Assembly will host a guest lecture featuring UA’s Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer Dr. John McGowan. The lecture is titled, Technology:  An Evolution & A Revolution, and it will be held in Lloyd 132.

Dr. John McGowan

“We are excited to host this lecture because Dr. McGowan’s insight provides a unique, cross-sectional opportunity for students to discover the connections developing in technology within different fields of study,” said HCA representative Riley O’Neill. “With the perspectives and knowledge gained from Dr. McGowan’s lecture, students can prepare to anticipate needs currently developing in their fields.”

Dr. John McGowan has served as the UA CIO since 2008, and he brings vast experience in the realm of technology having served as the CIO for both The University of Texas at San Antonio and Florida International University. He also served as chief technology officer for The University of Southern Mississippi.

In 2003, Dr. McGowan was selected as one of the world’s Top 10 Leaders in IT by Cisco Corporation, and he served on Cisco’s Enterprise Technical Advisory Board from 2003-2005. Dr. McGowan has worked as a consultant for IBM’s higher education practice, UNISYS, AT&T, American Express, NASA, and the Department of Defense including the National Security Agency, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Army.

Dr. McGowan spent 11 years as a research biochemist in the fields of cancer research and molecular biology, and he was a member of the project advisory committee of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Human Genome Project.

Dr. McGowan’s lecture will encompass the expansive growth and impact of technology over his career, and offer insight for college students and soon-to-be graduates entering the workforce.

Oct. 10, 2017 Phishing Attempt

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, many UA employees received a phishing email with the subject title “RE: Microsoft outlook account unusual sign-in activity”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data, like your myBama username and password, and possibly infect your system with malicious code. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Oct 10 Phishing Attempt

myBama, Banner and Other Services Unavailable Sun. Oct. 22

The Office of Information Technology will install the quarterly Oracle patch on Sunday, October 22nd, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. The following services will be unavailable during the installation period: Appworx, BITPRD, Banner, CEME, CENSUS, Crystal Report Server, Degree Works, myBama, OIRA, PCR and SiteFile. In case of an emergency, contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

 

Equifax Cyber Breach: What You Need to Know

Mass cyber breaches, like the recent Equifax security breach, can be intimidating and alarming. In this week’s cyber security tip, we provide tips for users affected by commercial cyber breaches.

Cyber Breaches - What you should know

In situations like the Equifax cyber breach, it is best to follow the news and recommendations from the organization affected. However, there are a few additional things that you can do to better protect your credit score and your online identity.

  • One tip is to establish a credit freeze with all four credit agencies – Equifax, Transunion, Experian and Innovis. By initiating a credit freeze, or security freeze, you will restrict access to your credit report, making it more difficult for identity thieves to open up new accounts in your name. A credit freeze does not impact your credit score. You may simply contact each credit reporting company to establish the freeze. Sometimes there is a fee for this service, but it is usually $10 or less.
  • You also should regularly monitor your credit and your online banking accounts to ensure their security.
  • Regularly change your passwords, and, if it is offered, use two-factor authentication. Many banking and investing websites have employed two-factor authentication to better protect their users.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. OIT will be posting cyber safety tips throughout the month. For more information about Cyber Security Awareness Month, visit the National Cyber Security Alliance’s website https://staysafeonline.org.

Oct. 4 Student Phishing Attempt

Thursday, October 4, 2017, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject title “Important Notice” or “Important Mail Notice”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data, like your myBama username and password, and possibly infect your system with malicious code. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Below are screenshots of the emails.

Phishing Attempt

 

phishing attempt

OIT Recommends Not Installing Mac OS High Sierra

Mac is set to release its latest operating system, High Sierra, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. OIT is currently testing the OS for compatibility. We recommend that NetAdmins test the operating system within their environment, and wait for further recommendation from OIT before putting the OS into production as any issues that cannot be resolved internally may require an update from Apple. If you have any questions, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555.

 

*Update 9/26/17 – OIT testing has determined that High Sierra is not compatible with Outlook. In order to make Outlook compatible, users must run all Office updates available.

DUO Required for UA Students

Effective Monday, October 2, 2017, DUO two-factor authentication will be required for all UA students.  DUO is designed to protect sensitive information held within student myBama accounts and Crimson Email. On October 2, students will be unable to access their myBama accounts until DUO is activated.

DUO adds a second layer of security to a user’s myBama account because it requires two factors to verify identity. These factors include something you know – your username and password, and something you have – a smartphone app or passcode, to authenticate and gain access to an account.

DUO is not required to access Blackboard. Students can bypass myBama by visiting ua.edu, then click the top right icon, and then click Blackboard. Students can then login with their myBama credentials to access Blackboard without using DUO.

To get started, visit www.duo.ua.edu. Students can then follow the screen prompts and download the DUO Mobile App on your smartphone to setup your DUO account. For more information, and a complete tutorial, please visit www.oit.ua.edu/duoPlease contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu with any questions or concerns.

Java 9 Not Compatible with Banner

Java 9, which is set to be released today, is not certified for Banner applications at this time. OIT advises users not to install or upgrade to Java 9. All Banner applications are currently certified with JRE 7 and 8.

September 14 Phishing Attempt

Thursday, September 14, 2017, many UA students, faculty and staff received a phishing email with the subject title “Your account has been queued for deletion”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data and possibly infect your system with malicious code. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

 

Screenshot of phishing attempt