On Monday, Jan. 29, the Division of Information Technology will be launching a new website. The new site will bring the information that has been spread throughout multiple departmental sites into one easy-to-use location. Information from the ATS, CIT, Information Services and Web Services sites will be provided in one unified and user-friendly site. The site will provide easy access to searching the UknowIT knowledgebase and a simple form to request help or submit a work order. A new addition to the site is the “Start a Project” option. Whether you are looking to create a new website or improve your current work processes, the IT Division can assist with planning, executing, managing, controlling and tracking your next big project. If you have any questions or issues with the new site please contact HelpDesk@uwgb.edu.
Similar to the 71 locations in 39 states across the nation this summer, UW-Green Bay hosted a GenCyber camp for students in grades 7-9. The UW-Green Bay GenCyber camp was one of the larger camps in the nation with close to 100 participants (compared to an average of 25 campers among 130 camps!). Organizers were particularly proud of the gender mix as 32 percent were female. Narrowing the gender gap and addressing issues related to female under-representation in computing sciences, including cybersecurity, is a major challenge for all computing educators. Increasing familiarity with jobs in this field is an important first step to solving this. UW-Green Bay may have “cracked the code” by intentionally providing camp information to organizations such as girl scouts, Green Bay Boys and Girls Club, United Way, local school districts, Salvation Army, Junior Achievement and the Einstein Project — all organizations that encouraged girls to enroll. Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand and females are an important part of a talented and diverse talent pool needed in this area. The goal of the camp was to help students understand correct and safe online behavior, develop knowledge about cybersecurity content and create awareness of careers in the cybersecurity workforce. Local news station WBAY-ABC2 reported about the UW-Green Bay camp. The story can be seen here.
UW-Green Bay’s Division of Information Technology forwards this information regarding the Equifax cybersecurity breach:
As you have likely heard in the news, the credit verification organization Equifax announced a large cybersecurity breach that impacts 143 million people. Equifax states the breach includes names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some instances, driver’s license or credit card numbers.
Understandably, you may be concerned about whether your personal information has been released. While Equifax has said publicly it is contacting consumers that have been impacted by the breach, below are reminders about how to help protect you and your family.
Credit account protection:
Consider whether you want to put a credit alert or credit freeze on your accounts.
A fraud alert on your credit file states the consumer may be a potential identity theft victim. If you apply for a loan or credit, the lender must take extra steps to verify the applicant’s identity before issuing the line of credit or service. A fraud alert may slow down your ability to get new credit, but it should not stop you from using your existing credit cards or other accounts.
A credit freeze means no one can take out credit without authorization of the consumer. This will impact your ability to take out new credit, but no one else will be able to take out credit in your name either. Parents and legal guardians can place a security freeze on the credit of a child or other protected individual.
Learn more about placing a credit alert or freeze on your credit report on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection website or the Federal Trade Commission Fraud Alert Website.
Avoid revealing personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this type of information.
After a breach like this, hackers will often prey on your fears and go “phishing.” They’ll pose like as legitimate business – even Equifax or your bank – and ask you to confirm private information. Don’t fall for those emails. When it doubt, delete it out.
- Do not click on links or open attachments if you cannot confirm the source.
- Tip: hover over the link to see if it is legitimate. Some email addresses or links look real, but you can tell they are not when you hover over them because they reveal a different address or link than is in the text of the message.
Monitor your credit
- Request a free copy of your credit report and review it for unusual activity.
- You are able to request a free copy of your credit report each year: call 877-322-8228 or go to annualcreditreport.com
- Important note: annualcreditreport.com is the only website authorized to fill orders for the free annual credit report. Other websites may claim they offer “free credit reports,” “free credit scores,” or “free credit monitoring,” but they are not part of the legally mandated free annual credit report program.
- Check bank and credit card statements on a regular basis for unusual or suspicious activity.
- Change passwords regularly.
- Passwords should use a mix of upper and lowercase letters and numbers and symbols.
- Avoid words or dates a hacker could possibly guess such a date of birth, “password,” or 1234.
- For the most protection, create a unique password for each financial account.
- Do not save your password on internet sites – retype them each time for enhanced security.
- Keep security software current on your home computers.
- Installing the latest updates on your web browser and operating system can help prevent cyber attacks.
For more information on how to protect you and your family against online and cyber security threats, visit:
UW-Green Bay staff members have been working on a bolder look and more effective Events Calendar. Access it at www.uwgb.edu. Featured events are highlighted with pictures and detailed descriptions. Users can sort the calendar by days, weeks, or months. It provides convenience for quickly accessing information on:
-Student Organization Meetings
-Art, Music & Theatre Events
-Green Bay Athletics
-Recreation, Fitness & Intramurals
-Plus links to other helpful webpages
For a personal one-on-one session about the calendar and how to use it to post about your upcoming event, or activities within your department, please contact Rachel Wussow, firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was excellent work by UW-Green Bay’s Information Technology and UW-Green Bay Police that helped captured the book thieves that not only broke into locked offices at UW-Green Bay but stole thousands of dollars worth of textbooks at other colleges and universities in the Midwest. Local media is covering the breaking news:
Green Bay Phoenix Athletics announces the launch of its new GreenBayPhoenix.com site design. “We have spent the past month on the new site, transferring files, updating graphics, updating bios, old pages, links, logos, etc.,” explained Joey Daniels, Green Bay Phoenix Athletics Director of Strategic Communications. “The new site is cleaner, fresher and is flat- out just better. We hope you agree!”
Daniels credits his athletics communications staff (Stephen Wagner, Justin Helm and Kaylie Noll), Mark and Katie with their partner Learfield Communications, LLC and David Kieper, UW-Green Bay’s Director of Computing Services for their work and expertise on the project. Check it out: GreenBayPhoenix.com
Human Resources has worked with campus Computing and Information Technology (CIT) to revisit and revise the current campus HR Distribution Lists housed in Outlook. Provisioning for access to send to the various lists is granted through CIT and lists are restricted to limit the number of campus wide e-mails that are sent. Also, please be advised the Campus Student & Employee Distribution List E-Mail Policy maintained by CIT is under revision and will be reissued later this year. For questions on the use of these lists, please contact HR or CIT.
D2L will be unavailable from 10 p.m. June 14 to 10 a.m. June 15 for UW System upgrades. A brief list of new features added includes Turnitin bug fixes, improved Intelligent agents, individual student group creation, exempting individual students from grade book items, improved quiz creation and allowing individual students multiple quiz attempts without deleting old attempts.