kurt carver webCurtis A. Carver Jr., Ph.D., has been named the next vice president of Information Technology/chief information officer of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Carver comes to UAB from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, where he served as vice chancellor and chief information officer.

In his new role, Carver will serve as the senior IT leader at UAB, provide the strategic management and vision to guide the future direction of IT in support of the administrative, academic and research missions of UAB, and oversee the central IT organization in collaboration with the Health System Information Systems unit.

The VP IT/CIO reports directly to UAB President Ray L. Watts.

“Dr. Carver has a terrific background and reputation, and we are thrilled that he will be joining UAB,” Watts said. “This position is vitally important because IT touches all areas of the institution, and I want to thank the search committee that worked diligently to lead a national search and identify fantastic candidates. Dr. Carver is a great fit for UAB.”

Carver, who will lead development of a transparent, high-performing central IT organization with a culture of providing first-rate customer service and implementing reliable, state-of-the art technologies, is looking forward to moving to his transition.

Click here to learn more about Carver.
OpenSSL released a security advisory bulletin on Thursday, March 19, detailing multiple high and moderate severity vulnerabilities in the secure sockets layer library used in Linux and Unix based systems.

The security vulnerabilities have been addressed in the most recent version of OpenSSL and should be available from the standard update channels for Linux distributions at this time. UAB IT encourages all Linux and Unix systems administrators take steps to update their systems during their planned update windows in upcoming weeks. 

More information is available at:

https://openssl.org/  and

http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-openssl-security-update-cve20150291-cve20150204-cve20150290-cve20150207-cve20150286/
Locking your computer when you leave your desk is just one of the ways to help keep your data secure, according to the March issue of the IT Risk Bulletin, a joint effort of UAB, the University of Alabama, UAB Health System and the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

In fact, “control-alt-delete before your leave your seat” is a reminder for employees to lock their PCs when they leave their desks. Mac users can lock their screens by pressing control-shift-eject at the same time.

Among other rules for security:

• Do not treat your work computer like your home computer.

• Do not use social networking sites like Facebook without proper privacy settings.

• Do not download shareware or freeware — free software — from suspicious Web sites.

• Do not allow your browser to remember passwords to secure sites like online banking or PayPal.

For more security tips and to see past issues of the bulletin, click here.

Since most people have their cell phones just about permanently attached these days, it’s easy to forget that we need to keep them secure.

The February edition of the IT Risk Bulletin, a joint effort of UAB, the University of Alabama, UAB Health System and the University of Alabama-Huntsville, provides dos and don’ts for phone and mobile device security.

Dos

• Enable security access.

• ONLY give your number out to people you know and trust.

• Use caller ID to block names and numbers of individuals you do not want to contact you.

• Delete emails that contain confidential or internal use information from your phone.

Don’ts

• Do NOT store confidential information on the phone, such as PIN numbers and credit card numbers.

• Do NOT take pictures or videos of anyone with your phone, or allow them to be taken of you, without permission.

• Never reply to text messages from people you don’t know and avoid in-person meetings with someone you know only through text messaging.

For more dos and don'ts and to see past issues of the bulletin, click here.

Work to repair telephone cables damaged during installation of a manhole last week is complete.

The damage caused an interruption of service to the Burleson Building and Building 912.

Crews worked after hours over the weekend to repair the damage.
Interested in a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud software but need some lessons in how best to use the applications?

Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions are available at a discounted rate through UAB IT. UAB’s Organizational Learning and Development office is offering several classes beginning this month to teach everything from the basics to more advanced techniques in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Acrobat.

The Adobe Creative Cloud course descriptions can be found in the Computer Skills Course Catalog. Just click on the “Adobe Creative Cloud Classes” link in the Table of Contents.

The training will give users a chance to learn about existing features and new ways to use them, as well as learn about new features now available in Creative Cloud.

“This is a new, more comprehensive curriculum to match the software for new and experienced users alike,” said Michael Maner, manager of computer skills training for UAB Organizational Learning and Development.

To find the class schedule, search for “Adobe” in the online class schedule.

The courses are free for all UAB employees and UAB affiliates, who can sign up for courses through the Faculty and Staff Learning System.

Courses currently available include:

• What You Need to Know to Get Started with Adobe Photoshop CC; Beyond the Basics in Adobe Photoshop CC; Create Professional Layouts with Adobe InDesign CC; Creating Visually Compelling and Flexible Graphics Using Adobe Illustrator CC; and Create and Modify PDF Documents in Adobe Acrobat XI.

Classes available in the near future are Adobe InDesign CC Advanced Layout Techniques and Beyond the Basics in Adobe Illustrator CC.

Courses are for UAB employees only.

UAB IT is working to restore service to telephone cables damaged during installation of a manhole this morning.

The damage caused an interruption of service to the Burleson Building and Building 912, but service should be restored by the end of the day.

Full repairs to the damaged cable will be done after hours this weekend.
UAB IT is aware of problems with Outlook email and with web applications including IRAP and WAM and is working to resolve them quickly.
An e-mail sent to UAB accounts with the subject line “Your Email Account” appears to be a phishing attempt designed to steal personal information. The body of the e-mail includes the words "Security info replacement."

UAB IT is taking steps to prevent the further dissemination of e-mails from this sender, but reminds UAB employees remain vigilant to potential phishing scams.


The email asks users to click a link and enter their account information. UAB IT will never ask for account information in an e-mail.

spam
To report suspected spam to AskIT, please follow the instructions here

Follow these additional tips to avoid being a phishing victim:

• Do NOT click links in messages that ask you to log in. Type a trusted Web address in your browser or Google for the Web site if you don’t know the address.

• Never type personal, sensitive information (such as passwords or account numbers) on Web sites without verifying the Web site’s authenticity and security — look for an “https” in the address bar.

• Verify the address. Malicious Web sites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the address may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (.com vs. .edu).

• Misspellings and grammatical errors can be a dead giveaway in phishing emails and subject lines.

• If you are unsure whether a request is legitimate, contact the company directly. Do NOT use contact information provided in the request. 

• Don’t open attachments. They may contain viruses or malware that can infect your computer.

• Protect your password. Information security and IT officials at both the university and UAB Hospital will never ask users for passwords or any other sensitive information.

• Report suspicious activity. If you have any questions or you receive a suspicious email that you want to report, university employees and students can call the AskIT Help Desk at 205-996-5555.  Hospital employees can call the HSIS Help Desk at 205-934-8888.




Logging onto a public WiFi network might be convenient, but it can also be dangerous. Learn tips to protect yourself in to the latest issue of the IT Risk Bulletin.

The January issue of the bulletin, a joint effort of the of UAB, the University of Alabama, UAB Health System and the University of Alabama-Huntsville, provides dos and don'ts for joining a WiFi network.

Among the tips:

Dos
  • Before joining a network, ask an employee the official name of the business' WiFi. Be sure you are connected to the right WiFi spot and not a rogue location.
  • Select a secure WiFi network that requries a password to connect. A secure connection is indicated by an icon that looks like a lock.
  • Stay up-to-date with your antivirus software, applications and your system's security patches, especially before traveling.

Don'ts
  • Do NOT conenct to an unknown WiFi network.
  • Do NOT pay bills, access bank accounts or make purchases over public WiFi.
  • In Windows 7, do NOT select anything other than Public Network when setting a network location. Public Network blocks file and print sharing and turns off network discovery. This can be disabled in Mac OS X.

For more dos and don'ts and to see past issues of the bulletin, click here.