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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

November 8, 2016

Sign up for the free Computer Vet “Clinic” on Nov. 29

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Bring your laptop and learn how to keep it running smoothly at UW-IT’s free Computer Vet Clinic on November 29, 3 – 4 p.m. at UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library. You’ll scan for viruses and set up virus protection, and learn how to back-up your computer and use cloud storage. The workshop is free to…

November 3, 2016

Learn more about phishing at UW

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Learn more about the difference between spam and phishing, see recent examples, and find out how to report a phish that specifically targets the UW, on the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) website. Go to the CISO Phishing Examples page, which includes links to other phishing resources. Phishing emails are deceptive tactics…

September 20, 2016

October is cybersecurity month; briefings through 2017

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As online scams continue to become more sophisticated, brush up on your computing security awareness year round, not only during cybersecurity month in October. The UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is hosting a series of free one-hour monthly briefings to share information, provide education and stimulate conversation on a range of…

August 25, 2016

Homer security change requires some Windows users to update SSH clients by Oct. 31

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Outdated security methods leave UW users and information vulnerable to attack, so Homer (a UW-IT Linux server) will undergo a security update on October 31. After that, connections that do not use the modern “SSH version 2” security protocol will not be allowed. UW-IT is notifying affected users (that can be identified) that they need…

August 10, 2016

UW’s Confidential Data Risk Guide now includes AWS, Azure

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Find out how to access and store UW confidential information in the updated Confidential Data Risk Guide, now including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure cloud products, provided by the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer. This interactive tool details restrictions and provides guidance on software, platforms and infrastructure for over 130…

July 14, 2016

Enhancement to the UW-IT Centralized Fax Service

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An enhancement to the UW-IT Centralized Fax Service makes it even more convenient for its UW subscribers. Now, existing dial tone subscribers can send outbound faxes by simply using their UW email account, with no additional cost to their monthly dial tone fee.

May 31, 2016

Oversight, reporting is required for IT projects and acquisitions at UW

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To ensure responsible stewardship of UW resources, and to meet Washington state requirements for all public institutions, every University IT project and acquisition—equipment, software, services, etc.—must comply with oversight and reporting requirements under an updated UW policy. The Information Technology, Telecommunications and Networking Projects and Acquisitions Policy (Administrative Policy Statement 2.3) was recently revised to clarify state and UW reporting requirements, reflect the role…

May 25, 2016

UW’s Amazon Web Services now HIPAA compatible

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UW’s Amazon Web Services (AWS), available to all UW researchers and employees through a UW-IT AWS Account, is now both FERPA and HIPAA compatible, thanks to a new Business Associate Agreement signed by the UW on May 17. Get details on benefits, such as the Indirect Cost Waiver for UW research grants and Data Egress…

March 28, 2016

Confidential Data Risk Guide and more on new CISO site

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Make informed decisions about protecting UW confidential data with the continuously evolving Confidential Data Risk Guide on the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) website, now updated with UW brand colors and design. You’ll also find an updated Data Security and Privacy Agreement, to help manage risks when negotiating vendor contracts; an…

December 8, 2015

Reset Your UW NetID Password Yourself

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Beginning December 1, you will be able to reset your forgotten UW NetID password easily and securely without having to contact UW-IT or the Registrar’s office. To do this, you first need to set up your UW NetID recovery options with an email address or phone number where a secret code can be sent when you…

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