• Office 365 Groups easier to create, will expire after one year unless you renew Jul 20, 2018 | 13:47 pm

    UAB IT is making changes to make Office 365 Groups easier to create and manage.A new naming policy will allow any user to create an Office 365 Group from Outlook or Outlook on the web. The group naming policy will enforce the naming prefix of “GRP-“ to newly created groups. Learn more about how to use Groups here.In mid-August, UAB IT will also add an Office 365 Group Expiration Policy, which will help ensure that inactive groups are removed from the system as usage of Office 365 Groups increases. The expiration policy will be configured with a group lifetime of[…]

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  • UAB IT reducing cellular phone rates Jun 28, 2018 | 11:20 am

    UAB IT has found a way to reduce costs for University-provided cell phones without sacrificing plan capacity.UAB IT will be reducing the rate plans for cellular phones with 600 and 1000 anytime minutes, saving customers $13 to $25 per affected line without running the risk of overage costs.Rate plans for the lines affected will be reduced to 400 anytime minutes, but because minutes are pooled across our academic, business and healthcare units and UAB IT diligently monitors use, there is no risk that overages on minutes will result in further costs. Overall, this change will provide a significant savings for[…]

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  • Rivers named chief technology officer Jun 27, 2018 | 15:44 pm

    Brian Rivers has been named associate vice president and chief technology officer for UAB following a national search.Rivers, who has served as UAB’s chief information security officer since 2016 and as interim CTO since last fall, begins his new role July 1.“UAB IT hires world-class talent, and we are delighted when opportunities arise for internal candidates who are committed to helping UAB IT reach its highest potential,” said Vice President and Chief Information Officer Curtis A. Carver Jr., Ph.D. “As we continue our strategic roadmap, Brian brings innovative ideas to help empower our campus community.”Rivers has more than 20 years[…]

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  • New phone system will have clear audio, special features Jun 25, 2018 | 13:30 pm

    New phones that offer clear audio quality, voicemail-to-email capability and other new features are coming to UAB — the first phase of a transition from traditional phone lines to internet transmission.The new phones will use VOIP technology — or voice over Internet protocol — and will be phased in over 18 to 24 months. Once everyone on campus has a new Cisco VOIP phone, even more advanced features will be available.New Cisco phones have been installed in a handful of departments taking part in a pilot program, and buildings on the west side of campus, including the new Collat School[…]

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  • UAB IT improves customer service rating for Desktop Services Jun 25, 2018 | 13:06 pm

    For a majority of UAB employees across campus, if you don’t have a computer, you can’t do your job.So UAB IT has put a priority on improving response time to get your equipment fixed or replaced.In the past six months, UAB IT has improved the problem resolution time of its Desktop Services team to average under one day — and reduced the time it takes to replace a desktop computer to less than two hours.Those response times, along with a number of other improvements, earned UAB IT a 2.5 maturity rating from industry-leading customer service consultant HDI — up from[…]

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  • Second CTO candidate to present Friday, June 22 Jun 14, 2018 | 10:59 am

    The second of two presentations from candidates for UAB’s chief technology officer will take place at an open forum June 22.Brian Rivers, UAB’s chief information security officer and interim CTO, will present his ideas for the position from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Cudworth Hall Auditorium.Rivers has more than 20 years of experience in information technology and more than a decade of experience in senior leadership roles. He has held a variety of responsibilities in the areas of process control, software development, systems administration, networking, and information security. He has led a multitude of large-scale, transformative initiatives in[…]

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  • Update Adobe Flash Player to avoid security vulnerabilities Jun 8, 2018 | 10:49 am

    Students, faculty and staff who use Adobe Flash Player are urged to update the program quickly to avoid security vulnerability issues. Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS. These updates address critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player 29.0.0.171 and earlier versions. Attackers could use the vulnerability to gain access to your computer and possibly even your private data. These attacks leverage Office documents with embedded malicious Flash Player content distributed via email.Customers of UAB IT's Desktop Services will receive updates to Flash Player. The new version 30.0.0.113 is being released to Desktop Supported[…]

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  • CTO candidate to present on Monday, June 11 Jun 6, 2018 | 15:27 pm

    The first of two planned presentations from candidates for UAB’s chief technology officer will take place at an open forum June 11.Tim Brown will present his ideas for the position from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Hill Student Center’s Alumni Theater. Please enter the theater on the third floor.Brown has served as executive director of the Northwest Regional Data Center, an auxiliary of Florida State University, since April 2008. He has more than 27 years of experience in IT, with a focus on strategic planning, budgeting, and building and leading support and development teams in academic settings.[…]

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  • New secure on-campus restricted storage option coming soon May 31, 2018 | 15:40 pm

    UAB IT is introducing a new on-premise restricted storage option to serve departments that have a continued need to process Restricted/PHI data in an environment similar to UABFile, a storage solution which is being retired. The new solution will be offered at least until June 2019 but may be extended if there is a continued need on campus.Individuals who use services provided by HSIS for this similar purpose should continue to do so.The new service, Secure UABFile, has been discussed by the Storage and Collaboration Working Group, a campus-wide panel of IT representatives.UAB IT has been undergoing a plan to[…]

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  • Get a Group: New Office 365 feature improves collaboration May 23, 2018 | 20:46 pm

    Collaborating within your department or organization can be easier with a new Office 365 feature called Groups.With an Office 365 Group, you will receive a group email address and Outlook inbox, shared calendar, shared planner, and a SharePoint Online site for document collaboration, all operating under the Office 365 umbrella.You won’t have to manually assign permissions to each resource because adding members to the group automatically gives them access to each tool.Groups give teams greater collaboration opportunities than distribution lists under the old on-premise email experience.Learn more about Office 365 Groups in this knowledge base article and in our Office[…]

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  • UAB IT strengthens campus-wide partnership on classroom upgrades May 23, 2018 | 20:31 pm

    To help keep classroom technology up-to-date, UAB IT has formalized its partnership with the Office of the Provost, eLearning and Professional Development, UAB Facilities, and the Center for Teaching and Learning to collaborate on the criteria for classroom upgrades.The committee of representatives from each organization will meet regularly to form and endorse the strategy for establishing the standard technology needed for each classroom. View classrooms supported by UAB IT here.“Our goal is to have consistent, updated equipment so that faculty and students in provost-supported classrooms have the same technology experience from classroom to classroom,” said Jason Johnson, executive director for client[…]

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  • CyberWatch: Log in to learn the latest on phishing May 18, 2018 | 14:53 pm

    Keeping up to date on the latest phishing emails and scams will be easier with a new internal web site devoted to sharing news of such attempts.The CyberWatch web site at uab.edu/cyberwatch, which is open to all students, faculty and staff who log in with their BlazerID and password, will share the latest phishing email attacks and scams, with tips to help you recognize those malicious attempts to steal your information.Phishing emails are often an attempt to get your BlazerID and password — which could give thieves access to your personal and financial information, as well as data from across[…]

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  • Better secure information with email encryption May 18, 2018 | 14:42 pm

    Protecting sensitive information you send through UAB email will be easier with encryption, which can now be applied to messages sent through Office 365 email.There are two methods to secure information:With an installed Encryption button in Outlook for 2016 for Windows.By using the term [Encrypt] (including the brackets) anywhere in the subject line of your message. If you don’t have the encryption button for Outlook 2016 for Windows, this method will work for you.Encryption ensures even greater protection for sensitive information sent via campus email.Please remember that Restricted/PHI data such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers are still[…]

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  • New OneDrive configuration helps protect sensitive information May 10, 2018 | 16:30 pm

    UAB IT is implementing a new configuration in OneDrive and SharePoint Online to better alert you if Restricted information is stored in your files. The new configuration will be launched May 25.Data that is classified at UAB as “Restricted” — such as Social Security and credit card numbers — is not permitted to be stored in the cloud.The new data loss prevention, or DLP, configuration will help prevent unintended exposure of Restricted data that could result from document sharing.DLP will scan OneDrive and SharePoint online documents to determine those that contain Restricted data such as Social Security numbers or credit[…]

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  • Two research computing candidate presentations remain May 8, 2018 | 11:44 am

    Two remaining candidates for assistant vice president of research computing are set to present their ideas for the position at open forums in May.Faculty, staff and students are invited.Presentations include:Ralph Zottola, Ph.D., will present from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the Cudworth Hall Auditorium.Jill Gemmill, Ph.D., will present from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Cudworth Hall Auditorium.Purushotham Bangalore, Ph.D., current interim director of research computing, presented Monday, April 30.Dr. Bangalore is a professor of computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences and interim director for research computing in the Office of[…]

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  • UAB IT teams with UAB Solutions Studio for online tool to connect on patient-centered ideas May 2, 2018 | 10:01 am

    UAB Solution Studios has been connecting students, nurses and clinicians to solve patient-centered problems. In its first sprint project, UAB IT has partnered with UAB Solutions Studio to create a tool to connect them more easily. UAB IT has worked closely with the team behind the Solution Studio, an interdisciplinary team that connects clinicians and STEM students to solve patient care problems. UAB IT has developed a prototype for an online Solution Studios tool that will connect students and clinicians more quickly and efficiently. The prototype is set to be showcased later this month for university officials and community members."It's[…]

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  • Work smarter with Box Drive for UAB Box Apr 26, 2018 | 10:53 am

    Box Drive is a simple way to work with all of your files — even billions of files — right from your desktop — without taking up much hard drive space.Box Drive is part of UAB Box, available to campus faculty and staff at UAB.Box Drive integrates with Windows File Explorer and Mac Finder, so working with files in Box Drive feels like working with files in a network drive — with added features such as external collaboration, search and version control.When Box Drive is installed, you open your Windows Explorer or Mac Finder to find every file you need,[…]

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  • Research computing hosts NVIDIA deep learning workshop Apr 25, 2018 | 15:12 pm

    UAB IT Research Computing hosted NVIDIA for a deep learning workshop on campus April 11. The seminar was divided into two sessions and was presented by engineers from NVIDIA. Both sessions were held at the Edge of Chaos and were attended by approximately 80 faculty, staff and students.  The first session was titled “Deep Learning Demystified” and introduced key terminology, use cases from various industries, how deep learning differs from previous algorithmic approach, and covered topics on how a deep neural network gets trained, optimized, and deployed. the lecture also covered topics on how to apply deep learning to challenging problems, the types[…]

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  • Research computing AVP candidates to present soon Apr 25, 2018 | 15:05 pm

    Candidates for assistant vice president of research computing will present their ideas for the position at open forums in coming weeks. Faculty, staff and students are invited.Presentations include:Purushotham Bangalore, Ph.D., current interim director of research computing, will present from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the Cudworth Hall Auditorium.Ralph Zottola, Ph.D., will present from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the Cudworth Hall Auditorium.A third candidate’s presentation has not yet been scheduled.Dr. Bangalore is a professor of computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences and interim director for research computing in the Office of[…]

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  • TechConnect employee appreciation: $100 off a Dell computer Apr 17, 2018 | 12:37 pm

    Looking for a HOT computer sale? TechConnect has got you covered!For UAB faculty and staff, TechConnect is offering $100 off any Dell computer. This offer is valid for TWO weeks, April 16-30. Computers must be purchased in store (online sales are not eligible). TechConnect, located online and at the Hill Student Center, offers educational pricing on computers, tablets and accessories, as well as service for your devices. Have any questions? Call TechConnect today at 205-934-8333.

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