DLP OneDrive Web

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 card numbers. SSNs and credit card numbers are classified as Restricted/PHI under the UAB Data Classification Rule.

If one of your files contains such information, the file will be flagged and you will see a new icon — a red circle indicating access is prohibited. Access will be restricted to the owner of the file and the last person who modified the file.

If you have a file flagged as having restricted information, you should:

  • Delete the file from OneDrive or SharePoint Online
  • Remove the restricted data from the file; or
  • Migrate the file to local, on-premise file storage. AskIT can help you with on-premise storage.

Learn more about how data loss prevention works in OneDrive and SharePoint here.

Learn more about how to remediate Restricted data in your OneDrive files here.

If you have any questions or problems with DLP, please contact AskIT at 205-996-5555, askit@uab.edu or uab.edu/askit.

AVP Research Computing Open Sessions Updated DS

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 Vice President for Information Technology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has 25 years of extensive experience in several areas of high-performance computing (HPC), including designing novel HPC algorithms, object-oriented libraries, message-passing middleware, multidisciplinary applications, parallel program synthesis frameworks, scalable and reliable petascale compute and storage systems, and collaborative environments. As the interim director for Research Computing, he is responsible for the design, procurement, deployment, and day-to-day operations of a 468 TFLOPS compute cluster with 6 PB storage system and a high-speed research network.

Dr. Zottola received his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he remained to serve in multiple roles to develop academic, informatics and research computing infrastructure and services. He then served as chief technology officer for research computing at the UMass Office of the President, where he provided leadership for UMass to develop the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. Zottola has 23 years of progressive IT executive experience. He also has faculty appointments in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing at UMassMed, where he teaches a graduate biomedical informatics course.

Dr. Gemmill has provided leadership in scientific and high-performance computing; campus and regional network infrastructure and services; federated authentication/authorization technology and infrastructure; data security technology and policy; collaboration technology standards; and scientific visualization. Her innovation has been recognized by multiple industry awards (Data Center Executive of the Year 2008; ESRI Special Achievement in GIS 2003; E-Gov “Best of the Best” Pioneer Award 2002) and she has been a principal on 30 funded awards totaling more than $30 million from funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, DoE, IMLS, and National Parks Service, and UAB Health Services Foundation.

The new assistant vice president of research computing will be UAB’s pioneer and chief architect of UAB Research Computing applications. Reporting to the vice president for information technology and chief information officer, the position will be responsible for creating and managing a team to design, develop and deliver a cost-effective mix of applications, data-analysis platforms and visualization tools running on shared high-performance computing resources across the UAB campus, which is home to the fastest research computer in Alabama.



UAB Solution Studios has been connecting students, nurses and clinicians to solve patient-centered problems.

Sprints LogoIn 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 an education as well as a product," said Nancy Wingo of UAB Solution Studios. "At the heart of it is people with a passion to help people."

Learn more about Solution Studios here and about the project in the video above.

A "sprint" refers to a specific amount of time in which technology work must be completed and presented for review by the product owner. The UAB IT sprints program is designed to help create innovative solutions for campus needs. The sprints will give cross-discipline teams an opportunity to create a prototype for these solutions.

Other sprint projects include UAB-specific skills for smart devices such as Amazon Alexa; a university calendar; and chatbots for faculty questions and other campus needs.

With space leased at Innovation Depot, the intent is to give teams a creative space to find solutions and to include team members beyond IT professionals.

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, edit as you would any local file and save it automatically to the cloud.

Among the features of Box Drive:

  • Access all files: all of your files stored in Box right from your desktop.
  • Increased security: Files are no longer stored on your hard drive, reducing the risk of data loss if your device is lost or stolen.
  • Files shared with you: Any files shared with you, including read-only, will automatically appear in Drive.
  • Save every version: Automatically retain version of files every time you click “save” and never have to worry about losing work.

To learn more about UAB Box, click here.

To learn more about using Box Drive, click here.

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