Top Ten Phishing Things (to think about)

Phishing, as defined in Wikipedia, “… is the act of attempting to acquire information … by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”  The most common form of communication today for phishing is email.  Phishing exists because it is extremely effective for spammers or criminals seeking usernames, passwords, credit card details or other....

Google Apps Presentation at Staff Development Session, October 22

Ben Beachy led an Information Systems presentation at an EMU Staff Development session on Tuesday, October 22, which described the implementation plan being developed to convert EMU’s email and calendar systems to Google Apps for Education.  The session began with a short set of slides which began with the statement “Microsoft fits EMU today but Google....

Google positions us for the future

Information Systems recommends that EMU migrate to Google Apps for Education for email, calendar and collaboration services. President’s Cabinet and the Information Systems Planning Committee endorse this recommendation. Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 are industry leaders that set users’ expectations for email, calendar and collaboration software. Both Google and Microsoft offer free versions of....

Information Systems Policy Updated, Summer 2013

Each year the Information Systems Planning Committee (ISPC) reviews the Information Systems Policy and considers any changes recommended by Information Systems leadership for approval.  Only one revision has been made this year to the policy manual, but it is significant and important for all EMU employees to understand.

Email Phishing Awareness Reminder

Spamming and phishing are, unfortunately, a daily reality with email.  Information Systems deploys a number of resources to constantly filter incoming email to keep out the “bad stuff”.  However, the cleverness and veracity of the “bad guys” continues to escalate and, unfortunately, some of the bad stuff gets delivered to our email inboxes.

Collaboration: why we outsource email and calendar

Information Systems recommends that EMU outsource email and calendar systems to either Google Apps for Education or Microsoft Office 365 for Education. Both systems provide more space, more capabilities and more opportunities for collaboration. We’re interested in faculty, staff and students’ opinions on this recommendation and on the choice of Google or Microsoft.

Minutes ISPC Meeting, 26 OCT 2012 [DRAFT]

Eastern Mennonite University Information Systems Planning Committee October 26, 2012 Meeting #1 [DRAFT] Present:  Fred Kniss, Jenni Piper, Jack Rutt, Audrey Shenk, Walt Surratt, Ben Beachy, Christian Early, Dee Weikle, Jacob Bontrager-Singer Absent: Sandy Brownscombe Agenda: 1. Review of previous meeting’s minutes 1)      [20111208.A] Action: InfoSys management will draft a brief addition to our existing....

Changing your password annually

Information Systems has begun enforcing annual password changes after a hiatus while we migrated to Microsoft’s Active Directory. You will receive notice to change your password within the next few months. The rest of this post contains further details about this. For many years the Information Systems department has required users to change their password....

Sophos Anti-Virus: issues from false virus detection

Update 21 Sept 3:30pm: We have released a modified version of Sophos’ clean-up utility for students and home users: Sophos Fix . You do not need to run this on EMU-owned computers. Download the file and unzip it then right-click ‘Sophos Fix.cmd’ and ‘Run as Administrator’. Please send questions or comments to the Information Systems Helpdesk....