Ag IT Matters
Halloween is an exciting time that comes but once a year. Scanning for PII is an exciting time, too – and it comes every three weeks!
New Year’s Day brings parades, traditional sauerkraut meals, football and …and…and the end of support for computers using Windows XP in the College of Ag Sciences!
A newly-discovered flaw in old website security technology – a flaw commonly known as Poodle – has caused Ag IT and thousands of other web site hosts to tighten web security to keep the poodle out. Since we’ve changed the lock on the door you may need a new key to get in!
Penn State stays at the forefront of athletic achievement by scouting for and recruiting new team members. The same is true in Ag IT!
If you are planning an important Adobe Connect webinar during the week of April 14th -- beware.
Ag IT is beginning to migrate all existing Ag managed email lists to the Penn State list service.
Although we’re still in the grip of Old Man Winter we know that spring is just around the corner, and soon you will be selecting and hiring your summer workers. With some advanced planning you can best be assured that your interns and program assistants will be able to use the computers and other IT resources on their start date or soon after.
As tax season approaches AgIT urges you to prepare and submit your taxes with pencils and paper - or on personally owned computers!
Adobe and Penn State have signed a software licensing agreement that makes many popular software products available to you. Acrobat Professional, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and many others are available, and delivered electronically.
Ag IT is in the early stages of planning the upgrade of SharePoint to version 2013, migrating it to a new server and changing the way you will authenticate (log in). There is still much planning to be done, but there are steps that you can take now to help smooth the transition.
The Ag IT Help Desk will be closed between December 23rd and January 1st. Emergency support service will be available from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM every day except December 25th and January 1st. To reach emergency support, please call (814) 865-1229.
There are entire industries dedicated to compromising the security of your computer and its data. Some want your identity, others want your credit cards, a few may want your research, still others want to use your computer for illicit purposes and some seem to be just plain mean. While Penn State and the College of Ag have instituted many safeguards to protect you and the University, the threat remains high and sometimes a computer does become compromised.
IBM Endpoint Manager allows AG IT to deploy software applications and updates in a timely and convenient manner to College of Ag Sciences computers. This no-cost University Service can be used by University units but the expectation is that energy savings will defray the costs of the service. It was once estimated that we can help save Penn State over $800,000 annually and, at the same time, feel good about reducing our carbon footprint!
Planning to retire in the near future? Starting a new employment adventure outside the College of Ag Sciences (CAS)? Have an employee who works for you leaving the College? If you answer Yes to any of these questions, please be aware that there are IT considerations that need to be addressed before leaving the College.
Have old computers or computer related equipment ready for disposal? If so, "there's an app for that". OK, so no, there isn't really an app for it, but there is a policy that you will need to follow.
Are you taking appropriate precautions to secure the integrity of your FileMaker databases?
Wireless access has been extended to most College of Ag buildings at University Park.
Some APC surge protectors previously purchased with EN computers have been recalled. Please take care to determine if you may be using a faulty unit.
Adobe Reader and Pro to be upgraded and standardized to enhance security and functionality.
Ag IT has identified a plan to address the sunset of the Windows XP operating system.