Rivers has a broad background in information technology and security, with a career spanning 20 years in higher education and Fortune 500 business industries. For the past five years, Rivers has served the University of Georgia as University Information Security Officer.
Rivers holds both a Bachelor of Science in computer science and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Georgia College & State University.
“Brian brings leadership and experience to the position and will help us develop a world-class IT organization for UAB,” said Dr. Curt Carver, vice president and CIO.
“I would like to thank the members of the search committee, led by Robert Howard, for their hard work identifying excellent candidates for the position."
Members of the search committee included Robert Howard, associate vice president and deputy CIO; Dr. Franklin Tessler (UAB Medicine); Dr. Julio Rivera (Collat School of Business); and UAB IT’s Cindy Jones.
The current format for searching email user names is in alphabetical order based on First Name, Middle and then Last Name.
On July 22, the global address list change will modify the search order to Last Name, First Name Middle, Suffix. This will make it easier and quicker for users to find the correct email address on campus.
New incoming messages will bear the new name order for senders, but old messages will retain the old name order.
Feedback from campus customers prompted the change, and the proposal was reviewed by an advisory committee of IT employees from across campus.
UAB IT is coordinating with HSIS to make the change across the University and UAB Medicine.
If you have any questions about the change, please contact AskIT (for campus customers) at askit.uab.edu or HSIS (for hospital employees).
If you have feedback or suggestions for improvements to technology at UAB, please visit SPARK at ideas.uab.edu.
There will be an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to review and provide feedback on the new software distribution design on Friday, July 8, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Hill Student Center room 318.
Questions can be directed to Shira Fogel at email@example.com or 996-6274.
The fake email is likely an attempt to steal user information and should be deleted. The subject line may be "Dear Employee/Staff and Student," and it asks recipients to check email access due to a maintenance update. Clicking the email takes users to a non-UAB site called "IT Security Systems Update." A copy of the email is below:
If you receive an email with a hidden link such as “Click Here,” do the hover test. Hover your mouse over the link and look at the lower left pane to see where the link leads.
Look at the URL of the website you are visiting.
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.
UAB IT is looking for feedback from the UAB community related to offering a payroll deduction option for these purchases to make it more convenient for employees.
To be approved to offer a payroll deduction option, UAB guidelines require a minimum of 100 persons to indicate they would utilitize the payroll deduction option. If you are interested, please fill out the survey here.
UAB has a strong research team, the president of IRAP parent company InfoEd Global said following a recent visit to campus.
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and UAB IT hosted a visit by Eddie Johnson and Nacole Simonds, president and vice president of InfoEd Global, on May 2-5. UAB is implementing its Integrated Research Administration Portal (IRAP) based on InfoEd Global research administration software. The company, which is based in Albany, N.Y., is exploring the possibility of establishing a secondary office in Birmingham.
Johnson met with UAB President Ray Watts and visited the Innovation Depot as part of his visit. Johnson said he appreciated seeing how UAB's vision for technology is being accomplished.
"Many places are talking about doing the things that UAB is actually already doing," he said. "What they are implementing is beyond what others have even thought about yet. We are excited to see the results of our strengthening partnership. They have an incredibly strong team of resources, and it is exciting to be a part of that family. I expect great things from our partnership and look forward to being a part of UAB as they implement their vision."
UAB leaders are looking forward to continued collaboration. "We think he was favorably impressed by both the business opportunities and the nice weather Birmingham has to offer," said Dr. Lauretta Gerrity, senior associate vice president for research administration.
Mobile devices have become one of the primary ways we communicate and interact with each other. The power of a computer is now at our fingertips, allowing us to bank, shop, view medical history, attend to work remotely, and communicate virtually anywhere. With all these convenient features come added risks, but here are some tips to protect your devices and your personal information.
- Password-protect your devices. Give yourself more time to protect your data and remote wipe your devices if it's lost or stolen by enabling passwords, PINs, fingerprint scans or other forms of authentication.
- Secure those devices and backup data. Make sure that you can remotely lock or wipe each mobile device. That also means backing up data on each device in case you need to use the remote wipe function.
- Verify app permissions. Don't forget to review app specifications and privacy permissions before installing it.
- Update operating systems. Security fixes or patches for mobile devices' operating systems are often included in these updates.
- Be cautious of public WiFi hot spots. Avoid financial or other sensitive transactions while connected to public WiFi hotspots.
After weeks of input from IT customers across campus — including students, faculty, staff, researchers and IT employees — UAB IT has drafted an IT Strategic Plan designed to empower everyone at UAB.
The draft plan has been published on the IT Strategic Plan web site. Members of the UAB community are encouraged to review the plan and provide additional feedback within a 30-day period ending June 24, after which the final plan will be reviewed by the strategic plan executive committee and published.
Feedback is welcome on the SPARK platform, where there are campaigns for each IT strategic imperative.
“We have welcomed input from across campus as we finalize this strategic plan,” said Dr. Curt Carver, vice president and CIO. “As our partners, you have helped co-author this plan, which will help prioritize the technology improvements worthy of advancing UAB.”
When the plan is published in June, it will provide UAB IT with a roadmap for developing those technology improvements. But Carver noted that the plan is a living document that may evolve as the needs of campus change.
“When we publish the final strategic plan, we will embark on the real work — completing the objectives that will help us support and empower our world-class university with world-class IT services,” Carver said.