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UITS Monitor: Fun in the sun over spring break? Don’t let cyber thieves ruin a good time

Monitor newsletter Feb 26, 2020
Fun in the sun over spring break? Don't let cyber thieves ruin a good time.

UITS news for February 26, 2020

Time to kick back and relax? Cyber thieves never take a spring break

Prepare yourself and your devices for a safe trip.

Whether traveling for work or pleasure, reduce your risk by taking a few precautions.

  • Travel with small devices. You are more likely to carry them, and they are less likely to be stolen from a hotel room.
  • If your device is stolen, report it immediately to IU, and to an embassy if abroad.
  • Enroll a secondary Duo device in case you don’t have access to your primary device.
  • Secure your device with encryption and a password.
  • Make a secure connection. Log in using IU’s  SSL VPN  or use eduroam.
  • For faculty and staff, your IT Pro can help you secure data for travel. If you must bring a work device, ask if your department has loaner devices available.

Tips on securing devices for travel

Luddy professor helps protect millions on Facebook

IU professor earns Facebook award for security discovery affecting 9.5 million users.

Luyi Xing, an assistant professor of computer science at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, has been awarded $30,000 from Facebook as part of its Bug Bounty program, which helps the technology giant detect and fix vulnerabilities. His work was also featured in Wired magazine.

Xing’s research was inspired by the scandal in which Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of millions of Facebook users without their consent. That data was used to create user psychographic profiles for targeted political advertising.

Read the article

Research software expert and Hoosier alumna to speak at alma mater

The head of Globus products will speak at IUB on March 5.

As head of products for Globus, Rachana Ananthakrishnan develops secure software for research scientists. Globus, an initiative of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Lab, serves the global research community while operating as a sustainable non-profit. Ananthakrishnan received her master’s in computer science from IU in 2002.

Ananthakrishnan’s talk is part of IU’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) Speaker Series and is co-hosted by the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology.

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time: 12-1pm
Location: Maurer School of Law 335, Bloomington campus

This talk will be streamed at the following locations: 

CACR Speaker Series details

Still time to register for 7th annual women and technology summit

Registration includes free professional headshot, several meals, and more.

Collaborate, network, and experience technology across a variety of skill levels and disciplines at the Summit: Celebrating Women & Technology, an annual conference hosted by the IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology on the IU Bloomington campus.

Date: March 6-7, 2020
Location: Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington campus

Registration includes entry to all conference sessions on Friday and Saturday, free professional headshots, several meals, and giveaways.

Hear keynote speaker on why you should attend the summit

Students: share your feedback about IU’s digital campus

Results will help improve online services and websites.

With your help, the IU Digital Campus Survey will gather insight into how students are using IU’s digital campus, which includes all of IU’s online services and websites. Do you ever have trouble finding information or completing tasks online? Share your thoughts and help guide future decision making. It only takes a few minutes and answers are anonymous.

Take the survey

Faculty: class attendance down due to the flu?

Be ready to quickly take your class online in any emergency.

Plan early. Adapt now. Communicate often. When circumstances require moving a class online temporarily, those steps will help faculty adjust. UITS offers resources to help make that shift quickly, whether you’re moving a class online due to prolonged campus or building closures, absenteeism due to the flu, or personal family emergencies.

The Keep Teaching website offers multiple options for keeping your classes running and provides tools to facilitate the process.

Find resources to help you keep teaching

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