UAB has renewed the total academic headcount (TAH) license for MATLAB for 2018.

In addition to the renewal, UAB IT has upgraded the license to include the full suite of MATLAB tools available from the mathworks.

Individual users can upgrade/renew their licenses by using the help menu in the MATLAB client. Clients using the network license will automatically get the upgraded license.

More information about MATLAB can be found here.

UAB has also purchased access to MATLAB Academy self-paced training courses for all users. Currently, this includes:     
  • MATLAB Onramp (free for all customers)     
  • MATLAB Fundamentals - 21 hours of content   
  • MATLAB for Financial Applications - 21 hours     
  • MATLAB Programming Techniques - 14 hours     
  • MATLAB for Data Processing and Visualization - 7 hours     
  • Machine Learning with MATLAB - 14 hours of content on supervised and unsupervised methods for clustering, classification, regression and more
All users at UAB also automatically gain access to any other additional classes that UAB IT adds during the term of the license.

More information on the classes can be found here

MATLAB is a numerical computing language and is one of the important software offerings from the UAB IT software library with more than 2,000 users at UAB. It is used by a number of research labs from engineering to medicine. MATLAB at UAB is available on the Cheaha high performance computing cluster with support for GPU MATLAB applications and is supported by UAB IT Research Computing.
More than 1,700 members of the UAB community have signed up for Duo, a new tool that means they will never have to change their BlazerID passwords again.

That’s a 420 percent increase in the number of people using the Duo tool, providing greater security for their accounts and for all UAB data. If you sign up for Duo, your BlazerID password will never expire, unless your account is compromised.Using the Duo tool is simple — you just sign in to your account, then click a button on your mobile device to finish logging in to UAB systems. Duo can even remember computers you trust so you only have to log in with Duo once a month on trusted computers.

Duo is available for use with your BlazerID for all UAB students, faculty and staff. UAB Medicine employees will continue to use RSA 2-factor authentication for healthcare software that requires it, but can sign up for a Duo account for applications that use BlazerID.

Head to uab.edu/2factor to learn more about the Duo Security tool and sign up for an account. The 2-factor site will walk you through what 2-factor authentication is, why we are using it and how to use it for every device. And our quick-start guide will take you step-by-step through enrolling your devices.
Customers of UAB IT Desktop Services will receive Microsoft patch updates after 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22.

Because Desktop Services will push the update to computers automatically, customers can disregard a popup notice from Microsoft regarding critical security updates which looks similar to the message below.

CriticalSecurityUpdates

Desktop Services has already applied a first round of Microsoft updates earlier this month in response to the security vulnerabilities Meltdown and Spectre.

The new updates were released later to further reinforce computer security within the Microsoft Office Suite.
UPDATE: UAB IT and HSIS have put together resources for mitigating the threat of Meltdown and Spectre. Please refer to the resource page for more details.

UAB IT and HSIS are strongly urging IT professionals, staff, faculty and students to update browsers and system software to combat two serious computer flaws known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre” as soon as updates become available.

These vulnerabilities are caused by design defects in the hardware of most modern computing devices, including smartphones and tablets. This could permit unauthorized disclosure of sensitive or restricted data.

What to do

  • It is imperative that operating system updates are applied as soon they become available. UAB IT and HSIS will perform these updates for supported desktop, server and virtualization systems.
  • Browser updates, which are or will soon be released, should also be installed. UAB IT and HSIS will push these to supported desktops and servers. UAB IT will begin pushing Windows updates to Desktop customers at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7.
  • Customers should reboot their systems as soon as they are notified that updates are available on their systems.
  • Vendors will also release firmware updates for affected computers. (Firmware is special software that controls computers and other digital devices.) This will require physical access to affected systems.
  • Users of systems that aren’t supported by UAB IT or HSIS should also apply these updates.
  • So far, no updates have been announced for smartphones or tablets. These will have to be installed when they become available.
It’s also important to install these updates on computers and other devices that aren’t managed by UAB IT or HSIS. If you need assistance, please consult IT personnel in your school or department or contact your help desk. You can reach campus AskIT at 996-5555 or askit@uab.edu and HSIS at 934-8888 or helpdesk@uabmc.edu.
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