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RFID technology for capital equipment—project complete

By | July 6, 2023

Property Control is responsible for ensuring an accurate inventory of U-M’s capital equipment. Capital equipment is defined as any equipment with an original cost of $5,000 or more and a useful life of one year or more.  Last summer, Property Control and Financial Operations began partnering with HCA Asset Management, LLC to inventory and retag all U-M capital equipment. As… Read More »

Automate your certificate management to prepare for shorter web security certificate lifetimes

By | June 14, 2023

Google recently announced their intention to reduce the maximum certificate lifetime that Google Chrome will accept for website security certificates from 398 days to only 90 days at some point in the future. When this happens, IT staff who are currently getting and installing new certificates by hand on each of their websites or other systems each year… Read More »

Start updating your systems this summer to use new InCommon Certificates

By | June 14, 2023

Starting August 31, 2023, all TLS/SSL security certificates issued or renewed through the InCommon Certificate Service will be signed by a new intermediate certificate.  People who use these certificates to secure their websites, servers, or devices will need to take action: Everyone can start requesting certificates signed by the new intermediate certificate now. There is no need to… Read More »

Plan ahead for code signing certificates and renewals

By | May 19, 2023

As of May 15, 2023, InCommon Certificate Service code signing certificates are only available on special secure hardware tokens (Hardware Security Modules). It will no longer be possible to store the private key for code signing certificates directly on university computers. This change is industry-wide and greatly improves the security of code signing certificates and reduces the chances… Read More »

You’re invited! Join the ITS Town Hall with President Ono

By | May 15, 2023

You are invited to be part of the ITS Town Hall with University of Michigan President Santa Ono on Friday, May 19 at 3:30 p.m. You can access the virtual town hall using this Zoom link. President Ono will be speaking about topics ranging from the university’s Vision 2034 to the recently announced Campus Plan 2050 – in addition to other technology-related topics. This will… Read More »

Registration now open for U-M Enriching Scholarship 2023

By | April 14, 2023

Registration is now open for the 25th annual Enriching Scholarship conference, taking place May 1-2, 2023. Enriching Scholarship is an opportunity for instructors, and those who support instruction on all U-M campuses, to share ideas and connect with one another. The theme of this year’s conference is, “Taking the Lead – Dancing with Disruption in Higher Education.” Sessions will… Read More »

UMSI staff awarded for outstanding work and peer-to-peer mentorship

By | November 10, 2022

The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) celebrated the persistence and excellence of two staff members in 2022. The annual recognitions, announced this year at the November staff meeting, went to Amy Homkes-Hayes, who received the Outstanding Staff Recognition award, and Michael Hess, who received the Peer-to-Peer award. The honorees are recognized for sharing their skills to uplift students… Read More »

Website showcases UMSI progress on diversity, equity and inclusion

By | October 31, 2022

The U-M School of Information (UMSI) DEI Office is launching a website to highlight the school-wide work that has been done from 2016-2021. The website comes as the school’s DEI committee begins gathering community input on priorities for a DEI 2.0 strategic plan, launching in 2023. “We want to share and acknowledge the work of our community — students,… Read More »

Bolstering 5G security for ultra-sensitive applications

By | October 11, 2022

A new NSF-funded project led by UM-Dearborn’s Junaid Farooq could allow the military to use commercial 5G networks without fear of getting hacked. Since the very beginning of the public conversation around 5G — the latest-generation broadband cell network boasting super fast speeds — security issues have been front and center. Most notably, back in 2019, the U.S. and… Read More »

New Canvas App Explorer tool helps faculty get the most from Canvas

By | September 6, 2022

In the several years since Canvas became the university’s primary learning platform, the ITS Teaching & Learning team has leveraged Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI), a standard that allows courseware and learning tools from different vendors to be launched within a learning platform, like Canvas. LTIs make available to Canvas users a significant number of external tools that can be… Read More »