Excellence, service, security and shared governance are among the hallmarks of a new set of strategic imperatives UAB IT is committed to meeting, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Curt Carver said.

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. 
At the same time, UAB IT is striving to be more transparent in its interaction with UAB customers and IT professionals across campus. The SPARK initiative invites faculty, staff and students to share their technology ideas and vote on the ideas of others. The reThink Project will change how UAB IT interacts with its customers, and IT professionals in other departments and schools will be invited to participate in the project. And the UAB IT Financial Transparency and Accountability Project will give IT customers a better understanding of their IT costs.
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Wondering if your photos, data and other information are securely stored in the cloud after the leak of celebrity photos over the Labor Day weekend?

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. 

January 31, 2013

IT Security Newsletters

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. 

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.

UAB & National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2012

During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this year, UAB IT is sponsoring a series of presentations on cybersecurity topics of interest.  Please join us for any or all of the four sessions throughout the month of October.  Our hope is that you gain a better understanding and awareness of cybersecurity as it pertains to UAB, our country and the world.

The following sessions are open to all faculty, staff and students at UAB, and their invited guests.  All will begin at noon, with the exception of October 31st, which will begin at 1 p.m.

Registration is currently available for all sessions.  Please bring your lunch; cookies and soft drinks will be provided at each session. 

Date

Time

Location

Topic

Presenter

October 3, 2012 Noon Center for Teaching & Learning (EB238, room 243) Cybersecurity Law and Current Issues Jim Phillips, AUSA (retired)
October 10, 2012 Noon Hill University Center Alumni Auditorium Countering the Cyber Threat with Intelligence Analytics John Grimes, J.D., Assistant Professor, UAB
October 24, 2012 Noon West Pavillion, room D To Be Announced To Be Announced
October 31, 2012 1 p.m. Cudworth Hall (CEC) Auditorium Tales from the FBI on Cybersecurity Todd Berryman, FBI Special Agent & Cybersecurity Squad Leader
Posted on 9/20/2012 10:50:00 AM
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