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.
Preparations are underway for implementing a major update to the Exchange system that supports the University E-mail Service. The update is to install Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and is planned for Sunday, December 11.
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 University E-mail Service that uses Microsoft Exchange and Outlook is considered a major success by faculty and staff. The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has received praise from a number of customers who have recently migrated. “Ohio State’s e-mail upgrade is just tremendous. After just two days of utilizing the new system, it has increased my productivity – both inside and outside the office – exponentially," said Barbara Kaelber, administrative associate for the Office of the Dean and Director, The Ohio State University at Marion.
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.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and several university partners achieved a huge milestone for Ohio State that has resulted in the streamlining of several processes. The completion of the foundational release of the Identity and Access Management (IdM) Program has consolidated the once disparate processes of: creating individual accounts, managing e-mail delivery, changing passwords, and managing sponsored guests.
Soon the Identity and Access Management (IdM) Program will implement the foundation of a new IdM system. There are other key changes and best practices related to implementation of the new IdM system and my.osu.edu with which the Office of the CIO would like you to be familiar.
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.
The university recently adopted standard password practices that include a requirement to reset your password every 90 days as well as other minimum requirements for password strength. A new site, my.osu.edu, will go live in August 2011 to aid the transition to the new standard. The change will be felt across our university community, which is why a detailed transition schedule is planned to support colleges and organizational units.
The new University E-mail Service delivers integrated e-mail and calendaring services that simplify communications and unify faculty and staff across all organizational units and campuses. The service is being rolled-out to the university in three phases, and College of Social Work Dean Tom Gregoire said the new service was well worth waiting for.