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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 »

U-M Research Computing Package automatic renewal begins July 1 

The no-cost bundle of supercomputing resources known as the U-M Research Computing Package (UMRCP) automatically renews for most on July 1.  Provided by Information and Technology Services, the UMRCP offers qualified researchers on all campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine) with allocations of high-performance computing, secure enclave, and research storage services. (Many units, including Michigan Medicine,… Read More »

Globus can now be used with Armis2 

Researchers who have an Armis2 High-Performance Computing account can now move data to and from other Protected Health Information (PHI)-approved systems using Globus File Transfer. (The endpoint is umich#armis2.)  To learn more about your responsibility and approved services, visit the Sensitive Data Guide and the Protected Health Information (PHI) webpage on the Safe Computing Website. Send an email… 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 »

UM-Dearborn and new Tableau enrollment dashboards

New Tableau enrollment dashboards which allow self-service access to enrollment data are now available by visiting UM-Dearborn’s Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE) webpage. Tableau, the tool used to create the dashboards, is provided to Dearborn at very low cost by ITS-Ann Arbor, which installed and supports the enterprise tool. IRE is a part of UM-Dearborn’s Information Technology Services… Read More »

PFAS research in the Michigan mother-infant pairs study, supported by ITS, SPH, MM, AGC

PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a class of chemicals that have been around since the 1940s and became more broadly used in the post-war 1960s era. PFAS are in our homes, offices, water, and even our food and blood. PFAS break down slowly and are difficult to process, both in the environment and our bodies.  Scientific studies… Read More »

MCommunity enhancements require changes to links

When MCommunity was updated on July 30, 2022, the URLs of individual profile pages and MCommunity Group pages were changed. An automatic redirect function has been in place since the update, but the redirect is scheduled to end on August 8, 2023.  Links will need to be updated on unit web pages, online curricula, class or department profiles,… Read More »

Data Den now supports sensitive data

Data Den Research Archive is a service for preserving electronic data generated from research activities. It is a low-cost, highly durable storage system and is the largest storage system operated by ARC. Storing of sensitive data (including HIPAA and FERPA) is now supported (visit the Sensitive Data Guide for full details). This service is part of the U-M… Read More »

Cellular 5G upgrades accelerate across campus

ITS is accelerating efforts to deliver improved 5G cellular service on the U-M Ann Arbor campus. Over the past few months ITS project teams, collaborating with numerous campus departments and integration partners, have delivered significant advancements for the ITS Cellular Service Improvements Project. These include: These latest improvements follow the 5G upgrade at Crisler Center in November 2022… Read More »

Sponsor System upgrade

This summer, U-M’s Sponsor System will be upgraded to replace its dependency on Cosign authentication with Shibboleth. As part of the upgrade, the user interface will be updated with better accessibility and an improved Search/Match function to enhance the sponsorship process. The business functions and processes in place with the current Sponsor System will largely remain the same.… Read More »

Call for impactful internship projects

The Information and Technology Services (ITS) Summer Internship Program is looking for impactful projects for the 2023 cohort to invest in this summer!  As the program enters its ninth year, interns have made a difference in many areas of ITS and the Michigan IT Community through cohort projects. Some examples from previous years include: Interns will work on… Read More »

Investigating ways to extend cellular and WiFi capabilities on campus through Passpoint

ITS Infrastructure has launched a proof-of-concept (POC) to simplify and extend cellular and WiFi capabilities on the UM-Ann Arbor campus using Passpoint. U-M Passpoint is a WiFi feature for smartphones, offered to university guests as an easy, secure alternative to the eduroam WiFi network. It eliminates the need for guest smartphone users to find and authenticate to a… Read More »

Apigee X platform replaces IBM API Connect v5 in U-M API Directory

University of Michigan Information and Technology Services is excited to announce that we have successfully transitioned the Application Programming Interface (API) Directory service to a new platform, Google’s Apigee X, and new API development can now begin. Apigee X is a high-performance API management product that provides an easy-to-use interface to make it easier than ever to develop… Read More »

GitLab pilot service to retire July 2023

U-M GitLab is a platform for managing code history and code changes that ITS began piloting in 2017. Last year, ITS launched a fully supported Git repository platform, U-M GitHub, that offers enterprise-level collaboration. U-M GitLab and U-M GitHub will continue to run in parallel until July 31, 2023. After this date, ITS will deactivate GitLab accounts and… Read More »