UAB IT Provides Critical Guidance to Campus on Appropriate Versions of Internet Explorer, Mac OS, and Java to Mitigate Risks of Exploitation; updates Java recommendation to 1.7.0_55
A significant security vulnerability was discovered in the Internet Explorer web browser over the weekend of April 26th and is being shared in mass media. This vulnerability could allow an attacker to compromise a Windows based computer should the end-user visit a website with appropriate content.
On May 1st, Microsoft released a fix to the IE vulnerability. Users should install this fix immediately. UAB IT will begin pushing this update Thursday afternoon May 1st. If IE is open, you will be required to perform a system reboot in order for the fix to take effect. If IE is closed, no reboot should be necessary. Once the fix has been applied to your system (and IE is open) you will have 24 hours to perform a reboot or your system will automatically reboot.
UAB IT continues to recommend that end-users use a two web browser methodology to limit the risks to the campus.
1. Use an up-to-date version of Internet Explorer for conducting UAB business on university supported web sites.
2. Use a second web browser (such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) with the Java plug-in disabled for any general web surfing and accessing off-campus resources.
• On Windows 7 Install IE 10 and Java 1.7.0_55
UAB IT has updated the minimum recommendations for versions of Internet Explorer and Java as UAB systems have improved functionality to support newer browsers and the currently secure version of Java. Internet Explorer 10 and Java 1.7.0_55 are recommended for installation on Windows 7/8. UAB IT also recommends using a separate browser with JAVA disabled for Internet use. Use IE for on campus with Java enabled and your choice of Firefox or Chrome for Internet browsing with JAVA disabled (for information on disabling Java click here).
• Install OSX 10.9 and Java 1.7.0_55
UAB IT has updated the minimum recommendations for versions of Mac Operating systems and Java as UAB systems have improved functionality that are compatible with the current version of Java. The recommended operating systems for use on Campus are Apple OSX 10.7x and 10.8x. While Apple OSX 10.6x is still supported by Apple, vendors are no longer testing against it for compatibility. Apple operating systems will not run any version lower than Java 1.7.0_51.
UAB IT also recommends using two different browsers — one for surfing the Web and one just for accessing UAB systems. For Internet Web browsing, use one of the following: Firefox Safari, or Chrome, with Java disabled (for information on disabling Java click here). For working with just UAB systems, choose a different browser and enable Java to work in it. If you run into compatibility issues with the local browser and UAB IT systems, use the IT terminal servers to access UAB resources via RDP client (for information on using IT terminal servers on Mac click here).
For more information, contact AskIT (www.uab.edu/askit).
Microsoft Dreamspark Premium is now available to all UAB STEM programs at no cost. The Dreamspark program supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes for faculty & students engaged in a STEM program (science, technology, engineering, math).Tweet
On November 28th, the UAB Campus, Hospital and Pediatrics email directories will be synchronized. This will greatly enhance individual Email address lookup, and sharing of Calendar Free/Busy information.
The directories of the three UAB email systems:
* UAB Campus (addresses ending with @uab.edu)
* Hospital (addresses ending with @uabmc.edu)
* Pediatrics (addresses ending with @peds.uab.edu)
will be exchanging information so that users of any of these systems can more easily email everyone in the UAB community regardless of which system they use. Additionally, users should be able to see free-busy calendar information for everyone in the UAB community in their calendar program.
Supported systems include Microsoft Outlook (Windows, OS X), smartphones using ActiveSync (including iPhone, iPad, and Android devices), Mail and Calendar programs on OS X, and the Microsoft Outlook Web Access web client hosted by each mail system (the UAB version is at https://mail.ad.uab.edu).
Users having a mailbox in only one of the above systems will not need to make any changes. Users having mailboxes in multiple systems will be asked to consolidate into one mailbox or work through an exception process. Consolidation is underway and users needing to consolidate are being contacted. One exception case is those Hospital or Pediatrics employees who are also students wishing to separate their work and student emails.
Those using the UAB Campus mail system will notice that phone numbers will now show standardized 10-digit telephone numbers making it easier to call campus telephone numbers from off-campus and when using supported smart phones.
UAB IT has become aware of an email solicitation effort by DROPBOX (company) targeted toward UAB faculty, staff and students that appears to indicate UAB is supporting this solicitation. Please be aware that this solicitation is not sanctioned or supported by UAB and that Dropbox is not a contracted vendor of UAB. Users are reminded that they should never utilize DROPBOX or any other similar type of service (where no contractual agreement exists between UAB and the vendor) to store any UAB confidential information. If you have questions please contact AskIT at 205-996-7227 or email@example.com.
The 19th annual UAB Holiday Toy Drive is underway! From now until December 11th, members of the UAB community are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys suitable for children between the ages of infant and 12 years.
Individuals wishing to donate toys should place them in the designated collection boxes or bring them to the UAB Administration Building lobby by noon on December 11th. Toy collection boxes are located in buildings throughout campus, including the Administration Building, Campbell Hall, CH19, Cudworth Hall, FAB, Kaul Building, Heritage Hall, Hoehn, Lister Hill Library, School of Nursing, Public Health and the UAB Police Department just to name a few. Sterne Library is also participating again this year, and library fines not exceeding $25 will be waived when you bring in the overdue books and a new, unwrapped toy (applied to current overdue books and fines only).
For more information about the 19th annual UAB Holiday Toy Drive, contact Lauren Ritchie at 975-0250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UAB has purchased an IBM SPSS Campus Wide license that will provide UAB users free access to analytics.
The IBM SPSS Statistics is a comprehensive system for analyzing data. SPSS Statistics can take data from almost any type of file and use them to generate tabulated reports, charts, and plots of distributions and trends, descriptive statistics, and complex statistical analyses. It makes statistical analysis more accessible for the beginner and more convenient for experienced users. Simple menus and dialog box selections make it possible to perform complex analyses without typing a single line of command syntax.
The IBM SPSS Statistics Base offers a wide range of statistical procedures for basic analyses and reports, including counts, crosstabs and descriptive statistics, OLAP Cubes and codebook reports. It also provides a variety of dimension reduction, classification and segmentation techniques such as factor analysis, cluster analysis, nearest neighbor analysis and discriminant function analysis includes the following key capabilities:
Linear models offer a variety of regression and advanced statistical procedures. They are
designed to fit the inherent characteristics of data describing complex relationships.
Nonlinear models provide the ability to apply more sophisticated models to data.
Simulation capabilities help analysts automatically model many possible outcomes when
inputs are uncertain, improving risk analysis and decision making.
Customized tables enable users to easily understand their data and quickly summarize
results in different styles.
The IBM SPSS Campus Wide license also includes the following modules:
Advanced Statistics focuses on techniques often used in experimental and biomedical
research. It includes procedures for general linear models (GLM), linear mixed models,
variance components analysis, loglinear analysis, ordinal regression, actuarial life tables,
Kaplan-Meier survival analysis, and basic and extended Cox regression.
Custom Tables creates a variety of presentation-quality tabular reports, including complex
stub-and-banner tables and displays of multiple response data.
Regression provides techniques for analyzing data that do not fit traditional linear statistical
models. It includes procedures for prohibit analysis, logistic regression, weight estimation,
two-stage least-squares regression, and general nonlinear regression.
This software is FREE to download from the UAB IT Software Library to full-time faculty, staff and students. ORDER/Download NOW You will be required to enter your Blazerid, strong password and accept the “License and Usage Terms”.
To inquire or purchase additional modules, you may go directly to the SPSS web store at www.SPSS.com/Academic; or go online to www.uab.edu/AskIT and submit a “new issue” with your request and/or questions.
UAB IT has purchased a SAS Campus Wide license that will provide University users free download access to many of the SAS analytics tools. Information on availability and licensing can be found in the tabs below.
NOTE about SAS-JMP: JMP is not covered under UAB IT's SAS offering. However, the School of Public Health maintains a license for SAS-JMP. If you are interested in pricing/licensing for the JMP product please contact Daphne McMurrey (email@example.com) in the SPH. Payment must be made with internal requisition or cash/check.
The SAS Campus Wide license is an integrated system of software products which enables large-scale solutions and allows programmers to perform the following and more: Retrieval, Data Management, and Data Mining; Report writing and graphics; Statistical Analysis; Business Planning, Forecasting, and Decision support; Operations Research and Project Management; Quality Improvement; Applications Development; Data Warehousing (extract, transform, load); Platform Independent and Remote Computing; IT Management; Human Resource Management; Business intelligence; Customer Relationship Management. SAS will provide upgrades every year to the latest version; this software should be available for download by November 1st. SAS licenses expire annually on December 31st; if the version is not upgraded to the latest verstion.SAS downloads 1 thru 3 (on the IT Software Library download site) have the images needed for your installation. SAS “4 of 4” will provide the INI File needed to license the software. Installation instructions are provided with the software download documentation.
(note: logon and select SAS from the dropdown menu). You will be required to enter your Blazerid, strong password and accept the “License and Usage Terms”. SAS requires that this software be used for Teaching/Research only as described here: software used for purposes of classroom instruction, academic research and course work primarily related to customer's post-secondary degree requirements. If you need a SAS Administrarive license, please contact AskIT for more information.
The SAS Campus Wide license is an integrated system of software products which enables large-scale solutions and allows programmers to perform the following and more: Retrieval, Data Management, and Data Mining; Report writing and graphics; Statistical Analysis; Business Planning, Forecasting, and Decision support; Operations Research and Project Management; Quality Improvement; Applications Development; Data Warehousing (extract, transform, load); Platform Independent and Remote Computing; IT Management; Human Resource Management; Business intelligence; Customer Relationship Management.
SAS will provide upgrades every year to the latest version; this software should be available for download by November 1st. SAS licenses expire annually on December 31st; if the version is not upgraded to the latest verstion.SAS downloads 1 thru 3 (on the IT Software Library download site) have the images needed for your installation. SAS “4 of 4” will provide the INI File needed to license the software. Installation instructions are provided with the software download documentation.
MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming. Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. The language, tools, and built-in math functions enable you to explore multiple approaches and reach a solution faster than with spreadsheets or traditional programming languages, such as C/C++ or Java™.