In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Ohio State offices will be closed December 26-27, and January 2. The IT Service Desk will close at 6 p.m. on December 23 and reopen during normal hours on December 28. The BuckeyeBar at the Thompson Library will close at 4:30 p.m. on December 23 and reopen during normal hours on December 28.
Recently, the techniques used by hackers and e-mail spammers have gotten more and more sophisticated. While it's obvious that a spammer sent an e-mail from a Nigerian widow seeking to transfer $10 million USD, sometimes things aren't that clear. New scams seem to appear everyday and hackers are now turning to cold calling over the phone to acquire your sensitive information.
The Ohio State University is piloting Adobe Connect for academic and non-academic units. Adobe Connect is a powerful interactive tool that can be used for both web-conferencing and webinar sessions.
PGP Desktop 10.2 has been released by Symantec. The Office of the Chief Information Officer will enable PGP software update alerts on December 4. Notifications will be sent to each computer that has PGP Desktop installed alerting customers that an update is available.
The free OSU Mobile smartphone app is now available on Android. Students helped create the app, which includes free ringtones, updated campus maps, news, and more. Download the app for Android and iPhone.
More than 70,000 Ohio State faculty, students and staff have visited my.osu.edu to initiate their first password change, transitioning them to the new Identity and Access Management (IdM) System and contributing to the university’s efforts to consolidate disparate account management processes. The IdM Program’s foundation provides important security and identity management functions across the university in addition to password changing.
Creating Individual Accounts
The 2012 OCIO Learning Technology Departmental Impact Grant application period is open through December 5. Consider this grant an opportunity to create an exemplar key or large course for your department. Recipients are provided up to 200 hours of Learning Technology expertise and $15,000 (minimum 1:2, recipient: LT, matching) to extend learning technology use that increases student engagement, facilitates greater instructor efficiency, or enables anytime/anyplace learning.
Summary of Consumer Information on Copyrighted Materials
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires the university to annually notify students about consumer information on the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials through illegal downloading or peer-to-peer distribution of intellectual property. This information can also be beneficial to faculty and staff.
Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws
The OCIO Information Technology Resource guides for students, faculty, and staff are now available online. The reference guides highlight university-provided information and learning technology resources and services available at Ohio State. A limited number of printed copies are available at the IT Service Desk, 025 Central Classroom Building, 2009 Millikin Road. To view and download your copy, visit ocio.osu.edu/guides.
Recently, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) announced it would be discontinuing its Client Computing Services for the university community on July 1, 2011. This service change included an end to the OCIO Hardware Warranty and Repair Service.