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Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | March 1, 2017

U-M VPIT-CIO Kelli Trosvig shares what she’s enjoyed so far about her time at U-M and how teams across our campuses are asking tough questions and working together to support the missions of the university.

Review new sensitive data classifications

By | March 29, 2017

To support the proposed revision of the IT Security Policy, Information Assurance has published revised U-M Data Classification Levels on Safe Computing. The revised policy will be supported and supplemented by specific operational, procedural, and technical standards, many of which specify actions to take based on the classification level of the data involved. The new data classification levels… Read More »

Register for Enriching Scholarship

By | March 29, 2017

Registration for the 20th Annual Enriching Scholarship Conference begins April 3, 2017. Enriching Scholarship is a five day conference with over a hundred sessions focused on improving instruction and the use of technology in U-M courses. It also covers topics in research, data, productivity, and media. ES 2017 is especially exciting, as it coincides with U-M’s Bicentennial and the 20th anniversary… Read More »

Making common digital tasks accessible

It’s important to give accessibility and the needs of users with disabilities consideration in our daily communications. There are common digital tasks we perform that, with a small amount of effort and forethought, can be more supportive of users with disabilities. As U-M employees we are both morally and legally obligated to support the needs of disabled users.… Read More »

Need to two-factor while traveling?

By | March 27, 2017

Will you need to use two-factor authentication (Duo) while on a trip? Duo offers multiple options to meet your needs when traveling. You may be able to use your regular Duo two-factor option, although you may need to use alternative options depending on your travel plans. Plan ahead Plan your options. Refer to Traveling With Two-Factor (Duo), a… Read More »

Digital depencies

By | March 24, 2017

Do you find yourself incapable of controlling an incessant urge to look at your smart phone or other electronic device? You’ve got company. Nearly nine out of 10 Americans report being so tethered to their digital gadgets that they constantly or often check their email, texts, and social media accounts, a new poll shows. The problem may stem from… Read More »

Cyberwar strategy and game theory

By | March 24, 2017

Whether a nation should retaliate against a cyber attack is a complicated decision, and a new framework guided by game theory could help policymakers determine the best strategy. The “Blame Game” was developed in part by Robert Axelrod, a professor at the Ford School of Public Policy who is well known for solving a version of the classic… Read More »

Can Siri replace your friends?

By | March 23, 2017

By now, we’re all familiar with the storyline in which a person replaces relationships with a digital device. A recent study co-authored by Carolyn Yoon, professor of marketing at U-M, sought to see exactly how much a humanlike digital device might replace humans. Yoon and her colleagues hoped to find out how devices that replicate human characteristics — such… Read More »

App helps with food allergies

By | March 23, 2017

A project started by U-M students Ish Baid and Michael Copley can make daily life easier for people with food allergies or special diets. They are the co-founders of the Edible Project app that helps people with diet restrictions find restaurants and meals they can enjoy without worrying about allergies or ingredients. The idea was prompted by Copley’s severe dairy allergies. Edible Project… Read More »

Computer Showcase Tech Talks

By | March 23, 2017

Check out the upcoming Tech Talks from the Computer Showcase. All sessions will be held 11am – noon at the Computer Showcase location on the Ground Floor of the Michigan Union. March 24: Getting Started with Fitbit Need help choosing a fitness tracker? Whether you want to use heart rate data to take your fitness to the next… Read More »

Crystal visions

By | March 23, 2017

Joanna Millunchick, professor of materials science and engineering, is working to change the way people visualize crystal structures. In the video below, Millunchick and her development partner, Duncan Abbot, CEO of Gwydion Inc., explain how an app that centers on virtual and augmented reality, technology more frequently used for video games, can create a new affordable platform that… Read More »

DNS Re-address project

In an effort to further secure and reduce the complexity of University of Michigan networks, ITS has been working with units to change the IP addresses of U-M’s DNS resolver servers from public to private IPs.  At the halfway mark, approximately 70% of systems have transitioned to new DNS resolver addresses. By early April, ITS DHCP (Dynamic Host… Read More »

WiFi update

The WiFi Project team continues to upgrade buildings across campus. Visit the project website for additional information. Recently completed: GG Brown, Walgreen Drama Center/Stamps, Engineering Research Bldg. 1, Engineering Research Bldg. 2 Currently under construction:  Dental Bldg. Lay Automotive Engineering Laboratory,  East Hall, Nuclear Engineering Lab, West Hall, Ross School of Business, School of Social Work, Gerstacker Bldg.,… Read More »

SPH IT forecast: More clouds, no rain

By | March 21, 2017

One of the goals of the NextGen Michigan initiative was to free unit IT from supporting common infrastructure so that it could focus more on unit-specific tasks and innovation. The School of Public Health (SPH) took this very much to heart, on the one hand taking advantage of “commodity” services that ITS can provide more efficiently and at… Read More »

Michigan Medicine tightens network security

By | March 21, 2017

Michigan Medicine is tightening the security for its wired and wireless networks to ensure that only authorized and inventoried computing devices can connect to internal resources. The network project is part of a year-long program to make the IT environment within the academic medical center as secure as possible for all patients, faculty, and staff. The program also… Read More »

Learn to use digital signage

By | March 20, 2017

Interested in learning more about how to use digital signage at U-M?  The Digital Signage Support page is your one-stop shop for training and support resources, including two digital signage courses offered through MyLinc: DSWE101 Introduction to Digital Signage (30 mins) An introductory eLearning course for Content Managers of digital signs at U-M. This course provides an overview… Read More »

Annual Esri academic site license renewed

By | March 17, 2017

March is the month when U-M’s Esri academic site license renews each year. This includes licensing for ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, CityEngine, and a wide variety of other Esri products. The university-wide concurrent license server has already been updated, however, users relying on annual single-use licensing will need to re-authorize their installations by the end of the… Read More »

Venmo app mixes business and pleasure

By | March 16, 2017

Imagine if Twitter and Paypal had a love child. Meet Venmo, the latest, hippest tool for oversharing (and possibly overpaying) with your friends. The mobile app pairs with people’s bank accounts to let them pay each other or request money. The difference is that Venmo lets its users make those payments and their associated messages public on social… Read More »

Computer Showcase offers secure removable media

Computer Showcase now carries secure Aegis drives from Apricorn, providing encrypted removable media with layers of protection to keep sensitive data safe in transit. The Aegis Padlock Fortress is a 500GB USB 3.0 hard drive with 2 levels of military grade encryption, unique PIN access with programmable auto-lock features, and rugged physical attack protection. Aegis Secure Key offers… Read More »

H-1B visas affect tech wages

By | March 15, 2017

Silicon Valley has long portrayed the H-1B visa program for skilled foreign workers as a win-win, providing much-needed tech talent and fueling innovation and economic growth. Critics say it disadvantages American workers by allowing companies to hire cheaper foreign labor for jobs that would have gone to U.S. workers. A new study by researchers from U-M and the University… Read More »