A “facelift” is in the works for webmail.osu.edu, the landing page for web access to university-provided e-mail systems for faculty, staff and students. The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and University Communications are working jointly on the page updates and will implement them in two phases.
From the moment we become a member of the university community, we are assigned an Ohio State Username (lastname.#). Our identifying information gets transferred to various systems and modified as we transition from student to alumni to employee to retiree. But how does the university manage all of these transitions in information and affiliation type? How do we use a username and password to tell the difference between you and E. Gordon Gee and a newly enrolled student? Importantly, how do we ensure accuracy, security and privacy protection?
Due to maintenance costs and no foreseeable upgrade path to fully support Windows 7, the Office of the Chief Information Officer has discontinued selling, distributing, and supporting Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.5.
Ghost is an enterprise disk utility program for disk imaging and deployment. It was last updated in 2008 to support Windows 2000/XP/Vista; 2000/2003 Server.
Securing institutional data is the goal of the Ohio State University IT Security Framework. The outcome of leveraging the OSU IT Security Framework is protection of the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of university research tools and data without disrupting the research process. Research institutions, like Ohio State, have great opportunities for collaboration.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer is retiring the university UseNet newsgroup service on April 4. The popularity of the service has dwindled dramatically since the evolution of the Web, social networks, blogs, mailing lists, and e-mail services.
If you have questions regarding this announcement, contact the IT Service Desk at email@example.com or call 614-688-HELP (4357).
The Ohio State University continues its emphasis on managing the Information Security landscape with continued quarterly reporting in 2011. Units are required to report on encryption, critical server registrations and the systems in compliance with the newly instituted Client Computing Security Standard (CCSS - http://buckeyesecure.osu.edu/Policy/CCSS).
Update: Time Warner Cable and Sinclair Broadcast Group reached a new multi-year agreement on January 15. The new agreement ends the dispute between Sinclair and Time Warner in the weeks leading up to the original Dec. 31 expiration of the contract. Since Time Warner and Sinclair came to an agreement, no changes will occur.
Beginning January 16, Ohio State University digital cable TV subscribers could see channel lineup changes for ABC and Fox networks due to contract disputes between Time Warner Cable and Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Beginning February 1, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) will discontinue the use and support for Cisco VPN Client versions 5.x (Windows) and 4.9 (Mac) that use the IPSec protocol for OSU network connections. All users will be required to download and install the new Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client version 2.x.
Cisco AnyConnect is a virtual private network (VPN) client that provides remote users with secure VPN connections to the OSUnet.
In observance of Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Ohio State offices will be closed December 23-24, and 31. The IT Service Desk will close at 5 p.m. on December 22 and reopen during normal hours on December 27. The BuckeyeBar at the Thompson Library will close at 4:30 p.m. on December 22 and reopen during normal hours on December 27.
No evidence personal data acquired
Ohio State University is notifying past and present students, faculty, staff and others that a university computer server was illegally accessed by unauthorized individuals. Because there is no evidence that any information was taken, the university does not believe that this incident will result in identity theft for any of the affected individuals. However, it is taking a cautious approach and choosing to offer free credit protection services.