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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

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Outdated security methods leave UW users and information vulnerable to attack, so Homer (a UW-IT Linux server) will undergo a security update on October 31.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 those they can identify as being affected that they…

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…

October 20, 2015

Malware: What It Is, What It Does and What to Do About It

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A new, informative five-minute video on malicious software from the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) explains what malware is, what it does, and what steps you can take to prevent it from infecting your computer. Click the “Resources” tab in the upper right-hand corner of the online training to download a…

October 2, 2015

Cybersecurity Month Event Oct. 22: Demystifying Antivirus Software, RSVP by Oct. 15

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Interested in how antivirus works? Hear the latest, including tactics criminals are using, malware-detection mechanisms, research behind antivirus software, and what you can do to better protect your digital assets when SophosLabs presents on Thursday, October 22, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in UW Tower 4th floor Auditorium. Open to anyone in the UW community…

August 27, 2015

Love Your Stuff: Register Laptops, Electronics, Bikes With UW Police

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The UW Police “Love Your Stuff” campaign encourages you to register your laptop and other electronic devices, in addition to keeping them safe, secured and out of sight. You also can register your bike with UW Police through Project 529 (which includes a mobile app for crowd-sourced bike theft reporting), and find out where to…

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