Data that are supported by federal funding must be protected by encryption that meets the federal encryption standard: FIPS 140-2.
If users are unsure about the sharing of UAB data, they can contact UAB IT's Enterprise Information Security unit for help determining the right protection to use.
7-Zip is open source software used to compress or zip files secured with encryption. When you send or transfer files that contain Personal Identifiable Information (PII) or other confidential and sensitive data the files must be encrypted to ensure they are protected from unauthorized disclosure.
7-Zip, like WinZip, creates a container called an archive that holds the files to be protected. That archive can be encrypted and protected with a password. 7-Zip is free software that can create Zip files that can be opened with WinZip or other similar programs.
To obtain a copy of 7-Zip please see http://www.7-zip.org/ and select the Download link.
Once the software is installed please follow these steps to encrypt a file or folder.
Step 1: Right click on the file / folder to be encrypted.
Step 2: Select “7-Zip” then “Add to archive…”
Step 3: In the Add to Archive window change the name of the archive you wish to create.
Step 4: Change the Archive format to “Zip."
Step 5: Change the Encryption Method to “AES-256."
There is a trade-off between using AES-256 and ZipCrypto. AES-256 is proven much more secure than ZipCrypto, but if you select AES-256 the recipient of the zip file may have to install 7-zip or another zip program to read the file contents. Selecting ZipCrypto may allow users to open the zip file in Windows without a zip program, but it does not provide adequate protection against attackers with modern cracking tools.
It is strongly recommended to use AES-256 to protect sensitive and confidential data.
Step 6: Enter a Password. Use a strong password with at least 8 characters and containing upper and lower letters and a minimum of one number.
Step 7: Select “OK” to create the encrypted archive file. The new archive file will be located in the same folder as the original.
Best security practices recommend that you do not email the password with the Zip file as it could be intercepted in transit. It is better to call the recipient of the Zip file and convey the password over the phone.
The top three winning submissions will be announced via email and signage
There is no entry fee. The deadline for submission is noon, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015.
ELIGIBILITY: Prizes in this contest will be awarded to the best video submitted by an individual or group of currently enrolled undergraduate students. Participating students must be at least 19 years of age by September 5, 2015.
TO ENTER: During the contest period, sign up for a free YouTube account and follow the online instructions for registration. The video’s format and size must follow YouTube’s video upload guidelines.
YouTube is not a sponsor of this contest. Lastly the Contest Entry form must be read, completely filled out and submitted before the submission deadline. Uploaded entries without a submitted entry form will be disqualified. Groups cannot have more than four total members.
Your submission must:
- Creatively demonstrate your perceived understanding of one of the following topic areas
- Keep a Clean Machine
- Protect Your Personal Information
- Connect with Care
- Be Web Wise
- Be a Good Online Citizen
- Be 1 minute or less in duration without credits
- Must be an original and unique recording created by the submitters entered on the submitter form
- Must be recorded during the submission period (September 5 – October 9).
- Must comply with all of these submission guidelines and rules as stated in this document
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submissions cannot misrepresent, defame, or have disparaging remarks about the University of Alabama at Birmingham its administration, staff, employees, faculty, students, services or products. The EISD reserves the right to and will monitor or screen submissions prior to posting them. By providing a submission, the submitter grants EISD an exclusive, perpetual, transferable license to copy, publish, broadcast, display, distribute, use, edit, translate, alter, combine with other material, reuse and adapt any or all portions of the submissions in any way and for any purpose whatsoever, at any time now or in the future. Submissions that are not in accordance with the guidelines as stated herein or are not received by the contest submission deadline will be disqualified. Submissions cannot (1) be sexually explicit or suggestive, violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, profane or pornographic, contain nudity or any materially dangerous activity; (2) promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message; (3) promote illegal behavior; (4) promote violence; (5) contain trademarks, logos or trade dress owned by others or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind (other than the UAB trademarks, logos, trade dress, brands or products); (6) contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, email addresses or street addresses without permission; (7) cannot be in violation of any of the local and national laws in the country of origin.
By submitting a submission you warrant and represent that it: (a) is your or your teams original work, (b) has not been previously published, (c) has not received previous awards, (d) does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; (e) that you/your team have obtained permission from a person who is used in the submission whose name, likeness or voice is used in the submission.
CONTEST JUDGING: During the contest judging period, submissions will be judged on the following criteria (1) 60 percent – delivery of topic; (2) 40 percent – originality & creativity. The top three finalists will be determined by the highest cumulative scores awarded by the judges. Tied submissions will be broken by the highest score awarded in the first topic criteria. If the tie continues, then it will be broken by the highest score awarded in the second criteria.
PRIZE DETAILS: The first place prize of $250 will be awarded to the individual entry that receives the most votes. Additional prizes may be awarded to the second and third place entries.
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The conference, TechJunction Alabama 2015, is being sponsored by TechBirmingham and a variety of national sponsors. UAB has joined many of the larger employers in Birmingham in endorsing the event.
Dr. Curt Carver is a member of their advisory board and will be chairing the CIO panel during one of the sessions. The keynote address will be given by Brunson White, Secretary of Information Technology for the State of Alabama.
The event is free and open to all technology employees at UAB. There is no charge to attend this event, but advance registration is required. Employees wishing to attend the conference should seek clearance from their supervisors before registering.
By Tatiana Kabakova
Back in the 1980s, a new way of doing business evolved as corporations began collecting, combining, and crunching data from sources throughout their enterprise. Their goal was to improve the bottom line by discerning hidden patterns and thereby improving the decision making process. Three decades later, this goal has expanded to include increased student achievement and other data-driven decision making processes.
In the past year, UAB has produced groundbreaking discoveries and innovations, delivering on the promise of “knowledge that will change your world.” The university’s overarching mission pillars embody the commitment to educate, advance research and discovery, care for the sick, respond to the needs of the community and use knowledge to establish Alabama as a progressive economic center that can change the world.
None of this is possible without cutting edge technology and advanced business analysis, which is one of the seven UAB IT strategic imperatives.
On the student side, UAB IT currently has dashboards available for the following content areas:
- Retention and graduation
- Credit hour production
- Admissions funnel
- Active course registration
- Graduating student career plan survey results
Each of the dashboards has drill-down capabilities that allow users to focus and dissect delivered information specific to their area of interest.
The census enrollment dashboard image shown below provides a good example of UAB diversity trends for the past five years.
Jon Corliss, director of business intelligence in the UAB Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and his team are working tirelessly on supporting institution-wide initiatives concerning faculty and student engagements and student recruitment and retention.
The Office of Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni is another BI (business intelligence) consumer. Cognos allows them to focus on two additional institution-wide initiatives: alumni engagement and campaigning for UAB.
In one month, 73 Cognos users utilized dashboards and reports, delivered by the business intelligence department and the Office of Associate Vice President for Development & Alumni, either to justify decisions or look for business opportunities.
The Director of Human Resources Information Systems, Rahul Thadani, and HR Administrative Systems manager, Jason Womack, reached out to UAB IT recently. They indicated significant interest in using the Cognos platform for their BI needs.
Soon HR and UAB IT will be able answer questions such as: Which program is successful that prepares diverse students to lead, teach, provide professional services and to become the prominent scholars and societal leaders of the future? Which department is efficiently utilizing resources to stimulate innovation?
The future looks bright when UAB fosters an institutional, data-driven, decision-making culture that allows UAB to make informed and optimal decisions.
Researchers at UAB need a robust computer network to support their world-class work.
A new grant awarded to Puri Bangalore, associate professor and director of the Collaborative Computing Laboratory, will strengthen that network and increase its speed — tenfold.
Bangalore, who also serves as assistant director of the UAB Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research, received a $498,443 grant from the National Science Foundation to create a ScienceDMZ, a network to be operated by UAB IT that will allow UAB researchers to more easily and quickly connect with each other and with other institutions.
With UAB researchers working on projects that generate vast amounts of data, they need to be able to upload and download files and images quickly and securely, Bangalore said.
The goal in building the ScienceDMZ is to provide UAB researchers with 10-gigabit connections and key research labs with 40-gigabit connections, allowing researchers to communicate with each other and with researchers at other institutions at far greater speeds.
“Internally we can move faster, plus we can go outside, whether to upload or download data,” Bangalore said. “This promotes collaboration. Instead of waiting for data to transfer, researchers can be working.”
Bangalore said the network is essential to UAB’s success in research.
“If we don’t do this, we’ll be left behind,” Bangalore said. “Networking is the foundation. We now live in a digital world. Everything is digitally driven.” This grant provides the foundation for UAB to build the 100 Gbps network — giving researchers a network they can depend on as they would electricity or water service at home. “In an ideal world you would want (researchers) to take this for granted,” he said. “We just expect things to work. But obviously, someone needs to make sure they work.”
Telephone service at Denman was not affected.
Construction crews have begun replacing the conduit and fiber cables, with service estimated to be restored by early next week.
We apologize for the interruption of service, which was out of our control.