You’ve heard of encryption and you know it’s something you are supposed to do in order to protect the information on your devices…but do you know how to do it? Encryption changes your information into cipher-text, which is unreadable for those without a password or other type of key (like a fingerprint). Lucky for you, many services and devices automatically encrypt your personal information! Even so, it’s still important to know how to enable encryption to keep your information safe from hackers.
Ray Bradbury predicted it back in 1950 in his short story “There Will Come Soft Rains”—household appliances and devices being set to automatically make breakfast, clean the house, open the garage door and more. In 2016, 10 years ahead of Bradbury’s scenario, we’re already entering this world thanks to the Internet of Things.
This month, the spotlight falls on ODEE employee, Josh Jennings. As a manager of classroom technology, Josh can be found updating over 350 collaborative learning spaces (AND responding to incidents on top of regular maintenance). Josh has been with Ohio State since 2000, and when he’s away from campus, he can be found golfing, reading Stephen King and raising two future American Ninja Warriors. Learn more about Josh in this month’s employee spotlight.
Sometimes you can just tell something is up with your computer: your passwords no longer work, programs are turning on randomly, your friends question your latest “business opportunity,” the list goes on. You dread what these signs could mean—you’ve been hacked. But don’t panic. You need to act fast to shake off the bad situation before it gets worse.
This month, the spotlight falls on telecom engineer Jeff Geren. This former target loader at a shooting range had dreams of being an on-air radio personality. However, he got turned on to tech by a PC game and has stuck with the field ever since. Jeff joined the OCIO in 2002, and the work/life balance the university provides has him hooked. This father of one can be found at TNC (when he’s not lunching at Raising Cane’s), but he’d rather be unplugged, relaxing at the beach. Read on to learn more about Jeff.
This month the spotlight falls on web application developer Daniel Sabatino. This former IT Service Desk agent was always drawn to technology, and he struck a career path that led him through multiple IT positions at the university. Today, Daniel is a member of the shared services team, most known for combining the OCIO and ODEE org charts. Daniel is a fan of traveling, camping and craft beer…unless I heard that from his identical twin! Find out more about Daniel (at least I think it’s him…) in this month’s employee spotlight.
This February we’re showing our #BuckeyeLove for a new hire in this month’s employee spotlight. Senior Security Analyst Becky Mayse comes to the OCIO with a passion for information security and a fascination with technology. This former juggler and auctioneer can be found in Baker Systems Engineering talking to stakeholders and spreading awareness about phishing. Outside of the office, you can find her passing messages via ham radio—no, really! Although she’d rather be in the tropics or Paris, Becky is enjoying her new role at The Ohio State University.
This January, Systems Administrator David Chuha is in the spotlight. A Columbus native and Buckeye for Life, he spends his days in the OCIO improving infrastructure and working with a variety of our teams. A computer lover since childhood, David has been enjoying the daily challenges and ongoing projects he has been working on for the past year. When he’s not working all day or through the night during a maintenance window, he is likely to Netflix and chill or head out to Lindey’s for a nice dinner. Learn more about David Chuha with this month’s Employee Spotlight.