A look back at the 2018 Michigan IT Symposium

Now in its fifth year, the Michigan IT Symposium continues to be the premiere event that brings together IT staff throughout the university to share ideas, meet new people, and reconnect with former colleagues. This year, more than 425 IT professionals from across U-M came together on November 28–29, to celebrate the expertise, innovation, and talents of the… Read More »

Takeaways: Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Annual Conference

I recently returned from the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Annual Conference. My boss asked me how it went. I replied that every single session was useful. That impressed both of us! Everything. I mean, quite literally, EVERYTHING. It’s all good, and there is nothing they offered that I didn’t want to see. You can see the program… Read More »

CSCAR offers free workshops starting in January 2019

By | December 13, 2018

Beginning in January of 2019, Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research (CSCAR) will offer most of its workshops free of charge to U-M students, faculty, and staff. CSCAR is able to do this thanks to funding from U-M’s Data Science Initiative. Registration for workshops is still required, and seats are limited. CSCAR requests that participants please cancel their… Read More »

ITS sets up new DNS authoritative server in AWS

By | December 13, 2018

Members of the ITS CITP (Cloud Infrastructure Transformation Program) technical team, working with the ITS Hostmaster, have created a Domain Name Service (DNS) authoritative server in Amazon Web Services (AWS) to increase resiliency. There are two types of DNS servers: resolvers and authoritative. Computers send DNS questions (queries) to a DNS resolver. The resolver then finds the right… Read More »

Cryptocurrency mining risks and U-M restrictions

You may not use U-M resources—computers, networks, electricity—for cryptocurrency mining. Such use violates university policy and puts U-M services and data, and your personal accounts and devices, at risk. The Responsible Use of Information Resources (SPG 601.07) policy states that U-M resources may not be used “for personal commercial purposes or for personal financial or other gain.” The… Read More »

Improved cell service for Crisler Center

By | December 11, 2018

Michigan basketball players, athletics staff, and Wolverine fans are benefiting from improved Verizon cellular service at Crisler Center this season. ITS partnered with Verizon, Facilities & Operations, and Athletics to install a Distributed Antenna System in Crisler Center that went live just before the first game. Antennas throughout the arena, concourse, and player development facilities will enhance overall… Read More »

Protecting medical devices from cybersecurity threats

Medical devices capable of transmitting health information and connecting to Michigan Medicine’s networks offer improvements to the effective delivery of patient care, but they also may introduce privacy and security concerns. Michigan Medicine’s Information Assurance (IA) program has been raising awareness of these concerns and developing new approaches to address these vulnerabilities. As a major step, Michigan Medicine… Read More »

IA Chrome extension protecting LSA

About 2,100 managed systems in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) now have extra protection from malicious websites thanks to the Safe Computing Website Checker developed by Information Assurance (IA). The extension protects people from some types of malicious websites when browsing the web with Chrome. “Utilizing Group Policy Management (GPO) we have deployed this… Read More »

Connecting Digital Scholarship, Jan. 23

By | December 10, 2018

Join us as we engage in a lively discussion focused on Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship/Digital Studies. This event will offer a series of lightning talks and a panel discussion that showcase several faculty involved in DH/DS projects. Participants will reflect on the potential of and challenges related to digital scholarship and its role in teaching, research, and publishing. In other words, how do you… Read More »

Dearborn moves to MiBackup solution

A cross-campus collaboration that moved UM-Dearborn to UM-Ann Arbor ITS’s MiBackup system has resulted in significant cost savings, increased efficiency, and reduced work effort. At the end of 2017, Dearborn’s primary server backup system had reached capacity. After consulting with Ann Arbor ITS, Dearborn ITS created a plan to migrate its failing backups over to the MiBackup service… Read More »