January 21, 2020

Leveraging technology for a better University

Learn how the UW continues to invest in information technology to advance the work of students, faculty and staff, and how IT in being used in innovative ways across the University to enhance teaching, learning, collaboration and discovery. Find out about key IT initiatives planned for 2020. Read the latest UW-IT Partnerships 2019 series.

January 17, 2020

Update your privacy settings and stay safe online

With Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, now is a good time to make sure your privacy and data are safe online. Want to view or change your privacy/security settings, but don’t know where to find them? Use these direct links to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.

January 16, 2020

Updated customer surveys make it easier to provide your feedback

Learn how your feedback improves the support you receive while using UW-IT services, and how UW-IT is making it easier than ever for you to provide timely feedback. Find out more.

January 15, 2020

Beware of phishing emails asking for W-2 information

This message was sent to all UW student employees, faculty and staff with approval from the Vice President for UW Information Technology and CIO.

This email provides important information to help you protect your UW NetID and password from phishing attacks, which increase during tax season. Links were intentionally not included in the email.

How does phishing work?

Cybercriminals try to steal an employee’s login credentials so that they can download Wage and Tax Statements (Form W-2). They then use the W-2 information to electronically file a fraudulent federal income tax return in the employee’s name. By changing the bank account number, the cybercriminals receive the refund.

Fortunately, your vigilance and the UW’s two-factor authentication system (Duo) play a pivotal role in protecting employee data.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Be skeptical about emails that seem urgent or threaten negative consequences if you do not act.
    Do not reply, click links, or divulge personal information or login credentials.Phishing emails may arrive in various forms. Cybercriminals may use distressing messages to heighten the urgency or they may use logos from well-known companies. In some cases, they may send a simple meeting reminder. If you receive an email you suspect may be phishing, you can report it to help @ uw.edu (no spaces).
  • The most secure way to access your University of Washington W-2 is by using the “Sign in to Workday” link found on the Integrated Service Center’s (ISC) website. Note: UW Medical Center – Northwest and UW Physicians & Faculty Practice Plan (FPPS) employees should access their 2019 W-2s in the Ultipro and ADP systems this year.

    If you suspect you’ve received a phishing email disguised as an email from Workday, you can confirm the legitimacy of the message by signing into Workday via the ISC website and double-checking you received the same message in your Workday Inbox or your Workday Notifications.

  • Do not approve unsolicited requests for two-factor authentication.
    Duo is the UW’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system, which adds a second layer of security when you sign into Workday and other University systems. Using 2FA prevents others from signing in as you, even if they know your password.If you receive an unsolicited sign-in request for Duo, and you have not signed into a system that requires it, do not approve the request. If the request is a phone call, hang up without pressing any buttons. If it is a Duo Push request, press the “deny” button and you will be given a choice to report it as fraudulent so that UW Information Technology is notified. Additionally, you should immediately change your UW NetID password to ensure your account is secure.

    (To change your password, search for “Manage UW NetID” on the UW home page. The link, “About UW NetIDs,” leads to more information about UW NetIDs and passwords.)

  • Use anti-virus software on your computers and devices and keep the anti-virus software updated.
    Sophos Anti-Virus Software is available free of charge to all UW students, faculty and staff.
    (Search for “Sophos” on the UW home page and find the “Sophos Anti-Virus Software” link on IT Connect.)
  • Learn more about phishing from recent examples, infographics and other training materials.
    (Search for “CISO” on the UW home page. These resources are featured in the “CISO News & Alerts” section on the CISO home page.)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact help@uw.edu.

Thank you for helping to protect UW data.

January 14, 2020

UW supports equal access to online resources for students across state

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Students in tens of thousands of classrooms rely on the K-20 Education Network to connect to a rich array of online resources — no matter how remote their location. The UW plays a major role in supporting the network, with UW Information Technology providing operations, engineering and 24×7 support. This support is part of the UW’s commitment to promoting regional partnerships, supporting education and providing equal opportunity for all.

January 9, 2020

Check out historical database on American Indians and American West

Get first-hand accounts on Indian Wars, westward migration and survey data from Indian reservations in the “American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971,” brought to you by UW Libraries. The database includes collections from the U.S. National Archives and the Chicago History Museum, records from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Major Council Meetings of American Indian Tribes, and correspondence and other documents detailing interactions between the U.S. Army and Indian tribes.

January 8, 2020

Office of Academic Personnel partners with UW-IT to reduce its reliance on paper files

Earlier this year, the Office of Academic Personnel (OAP) worked with UW Information Technology and Records Management Services to move to UW-IT’s Enterprise Document Management system. Read how this partnership and new system has reduced OAP’s reliance on paper files, while also making records management more efficient.

January 7, 2020

Don’t forget to onboard your new devices to eduroam

Did you receive a new laptop, cell phone or tablet recently? Then make sure to keep your new devices Wi-Fi safe by onboarding them to eduroam, the UW’s preferred Wi-Fi network.

January 6, 2020

Get professional help designing and conducting UW surveys

Looking for student input about your program or service through a survey? Tap into the experience of the UW’s Office of Educational Assessment (OEA), and create a quality survey that more students will respond to. Need to reach a large number of students? OEA, in partnership with UW-IT, also offers faculty and departments the opportunity to post a prominent notice on MyUW. Learn more.

December 19, 2019

New funding to increase student access to cloud computing for data-driven research

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Students now will have even more access to powerful cloud computing resources to support their research, with more than $45,000 awarded to the Research Computing Club for cloud computing from the Student Technology Fee. Find out how to apply for cloud computing credits, and more about access to Hyak, UW’s shared supercomputing cluster, too.

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