The strategic imperatives enhance Carver’s vision for UAB IT.
“My vision for UAB IT is a world-class IT organization that effectively balances cost efficiency, agility and innovation,” he said. “Our relationships with our customers, business partners and vendors are long-term relationships that allow us to move at the speed of trust. This vision does not depend on one person but instead on a dedicated team where everyone is an agent of innovation and aligned to support the University of Alabama at Birmingham.”
The department’s strategic imperatives include:
- Create a secure computing environment for all UAB members through appropriate policy, training and technology.
- Build an IT shared governance structure with particular focus on partnership with the Health System.
- Create a world-class IT organization so that if our customers could choose any provider, they would choose UAB IT.
- Generate business value though reduced costs, process innovation or revenue generation.
- Innovate UAB through partnerships with institutional business owners, with a focus on academic and research operations.
- Foster an institutional data-driven decision-making culture that allows UAB to make informed and optimal decisions.
- Enhance the community of information technology excellence for the economic, social and cultural benefit of Birmingham and beyond.
UAB IT security professionals say the incident is a good reminder to the rest of us to take precautions with our own data.
Since most of us aren’t celebrities, our photos probably won’t be worth hackers’ time — but personal information can be.
So what can you do to keep your personal cloud accounts safe?
• Enable two-factor authentication on your cloud accounts. That way, if you — or someone else — tries to log into your account from a device that is not registered, you’ll have to log in using a verification code sent to one of your devices. It’s an extra step that helps secure your information.
Microsoft’s OneDrive — a cloud storage application available free for UAB students — uses two-factor identification and allows users to add security information to their account. Learn more here.
• Make sure you have a strong password. Ideally, you should use a passphrase you can remember. For example, choose “goblazers,” but replace some of the letters with numbers or symbols and include capital letters. The example, then, could become g0b!azers — easy to remember, harder to hack.
• Change your password often to keep your data secure. That’s why UAB requires employees and students to change their BlazerID passwords frequently, and to make sure they contain the kind of character combinations that make them much less vulnerable to attacks.
• Consider using a password manager or password vault such as LastPass or KeePass. Such tools — which vary in price — can help manage your different logins while keeping them secure.
UAB employees should also be very cautious about cloud storage in regards to University information.
“UAB employees should not use cloud products for UAB business data without approval,” said Scott Fendley, information security operations manager for UAB IT. “UAB IT reviews the contracts and ensures that the cloud products meet our requirements.”
This month’s Tech Talk on Sept. 25 will feature a discussion of cloud computing at UAB.
Monthly Training Newsletters
UAB IT is now providing information security training materials to inform university faculty, staff and students about computer threats. Each month a newsletter will be released focusing on new and different cyber security threats. Contact the UAB IT Information Security office for more specific training options that can increase the protection of your information systems.
August 2013 - Protecting Your Passwords
September 2013 - Encryption - Protecting Sensitive Information
October 2013 - see links below for National Cyber Security Month publications
November 2013 - Data Protection
December 2013 - Permanently Erasing Data
January 2014 - Wifi Security
Link to Week 1 Article
Link to Week 2 Article
Link to Week 3 Article
Link to Week 4 Article
The UAB Security Forum will be conducting a survey of information technology personnel across the entire campus, including UAB Hospital. A letter describing the content of the survey, and how to access it electronically will be sent to UAB leaders via email in the coming days. All employees who are being asked to complete the survey should respond as soon as possible. Questions can be directed to the Security Forum co-chairs, Dr. Franklin Tessler, School of Medicine, or Julio Rivera, Ph.D., School of Business. Additional information will be available from Joe Popinski, Ph.D., UAB Information Technology.
This page summarizes all of the online request form links available for services provided by IT. To inquire about services not listed contact AskIT (uab.edu/askit or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Request guest wifi access, manage an existing wifi account or request any other Telecommunications service
Request a Desktop Web Conference account, conference bridge, add/relocate a telephone or network jack, etc. - https://commservices.comm.uab.edu/ServiceRequest/login.aspx
Report problems with your telephone or data service
Usage toward UAB email and UABFile
- Request changes to your email service
Request a BlazerID and password
Change an existing password
Set up a personal web space
Request a new user account (mailboxes, file storage, imaging systems or WebIT)
Delete or modify and existing account (access to mailboxes, file storage, imaging systems or WebIT)
- Sponsors and guests can set up guest user accounts to access a myriad of UAB systems and services
Request that courses in the Academic Institute be updated - courses can be cross listed; opened or closed; assigned instructors, designers or teacher's assistants; or have previous content imported to them - https://www.uab.edu/it/instech/auth/acad_form.html
To report any incident to UAB Data Security that involves violations of UAB IT-related policies or involving UAB data or computer systems -https://silo.dso.uab.edu/incident/
The process for secure media destruction at UAB can be found here.
From your Central IT supported PC, log in at https://www.uab.edu/it/itds/dtadmin with your BlazerID and strong password to request local administrator rights
i>Clicker Classroom Response System
- Request an i>Clicker Instructor Kit (receiver and USB cable, flash drive and instructor remote) here.
- Request software via the Software Distribution site (BlazerID login required).
UAB & National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2012