News and Announcements

Happy National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – celebrated every October – was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

Cybersecurity begins with a simple message everyone using the Internet can adopt: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take security and safety precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors online and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

Tips & Advice

Keep a Clean Machine

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, your smartphones, gaming systems and other web‐enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug & scan: USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

Protect Your Personal Information

  • Secure your accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.
  • Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.
  • Unique account, unique password: Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.
  • Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.
  • Own your online presence: Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information.

Connect with Care

  • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often the ways cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or, if appropriate, mark as junk email.
  • Get savvy about Wi‐Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.
  • Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security-enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://,” which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure.

 Be Web Wise            

  • Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information, share with friends, family and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
  • Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true or asks for personal information.
  • Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

Be a Good Online Citizen

  • Safer for me, more secure for all: What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
  • Post only about others as you have them post about you.
  • Help the authorities fight cybercrime: Report stolen finances, identities and cybercrime to http://www.ic3.gov (the Internet Crime Complaint Center) and http://www.onguardonline.gov/file-complaint (the FTC).

Visit http://www.stopthinkconnect.org for more information.

Tech Day Raffle Winners

photoThank you for the outstanding turnout at today’s Tech Day.  Hundreds of HSPH community members stopped by to learn about Office 365, VDI, Canvas, new Dell products, BlueJeans video conferencing, Mediasite course capture, and responsive web design. Dozens participated in tours of our new distance learning and video production studios and the HSPH server room.

We raffled off a number of items that IT staff members are excited about.

The winners are:

Louis Bishop
Dell Venue 7 Tablet 

Iris Kim
Apple TV

Nang H. Tin Movng
Dell Bluetooth portable speaker 

Casey Hamilton
iPod Shuffle 

Beth Chaplin, Jacke Willis, and Sonya Milonova
FUELActive Portable Charger – charge your iPhone, iPod, Android or other USB device, anytime, anywhere

Congratulations to Louis, Iris, Casey, Nang, Beth, Jacke and Sonya!  The prizes can either be picked up at the HSPH Helpdesk in Kresge LL15 or we will arrange for delivery.

Based on the strong turnout, we hope to do another Tech Day in the spring.

Email Issue (Resolved)

UPDATE, 12:07 am: network/firewall issue has been resolved.  All services, email and VPN, are fully functioning.  All mail messages that were backed up in the queue have been delivered.

UPDATE, 5:10 pm: the network/firewall issue also impacts VPN access.  VPN is not currently available.

UPDATE, 5:06 pm: the issue has been identified as a major network/firewall issue on the Cambridge campus.  Outlook Web Access is now available.  Outlook full client remains unavailable.  External mail delivery is delayed.

Email Issue, 4:30 pm: There is currently a widespread Outlook email issue impacting the HSPH community.

HSPH Department of Information Technology is in contact with Harvard University Information Technology, and we are working on the issue.

We will update this message as soon as we have more information.

Tech Day will be held on September 25

Tech Day 2014Do you have technology questions and don’t know who to ask? Have you ever wondered who all these “IT” folks are and how they can help you? Do you like free stuff? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in luck!

The HSPH Information Technology department is hosting a Tech Day on:

September 25th from 12:30 to 2 in the Kresge Cafeteria Atrium

We’ll be showing off the latest tech from tablets to video conferencing, hosting mini-talks, and raffling away prizes.

Come join us, meet the team, and have a great time.

Tables:

  • Dell — representatives from Dell will have the latest laptop, tablets and other machines available through the Harvard contract.
  • Harvard TPC — representatives from Harvard’s Technology Product Center will have the latest Apple products available through the Harvard contract.
  • Office 365 — User Services Team will demonstrate Office 365, a cloud-based email that HSPH will be migrating to in 2015.
  • WordPress — the HSPH web team will demonstrate and explain the School’s site-wide responsive design on a variety of devices.
  • Canvas — Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) will demonstrate Canvas, the learning management system that HSPH and Harvard are rolling out over the next year.
  • MediaSite — METS will demonstrate MediaSite, HSPH’s new course capture system that was launched in September 2014.
  • BlueJeans – BlueJeans video conferencing will host a remote session to demonstrate their video conferencing bridging service.
  • Virtual Desktops – The server team will be demonstrating our new virtual desktop, which will allow you to work on the same desktop from anywhere…

Tours:

  • We will offer quick 10 minute tours of the two new distance learning studios in Kresge LL and the HSPH server room.
Tech Day 2012

Hundreds of people stopped by a previous tech day to view new products and services.

Mini-talks (15 minute Q&A talks in Kresge 110):

  • Apple support: What do we offer?
  • Personal security (HRCI, Encryption, Privacy, and Virus Protection)
  • Digital signage
  • Google analytics
  • General Q & A

New Staff Member: Kevin Brunswick

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Kevin Brunswick. Kevin joins the Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) team as an educational video production specialist.

Kevin Brunswick, Educational Video Production Specialist

Kevin Brunswick, educational video production specialist

Kevin joins us after working the past six years as an independent audio and video producer. He has worked for a variety of clients for documentary, industrial, corporate and live events.  Kevin worked with production companies Jamtron and Beryllium and traveled to Scotland, Ireland, China, and Spain with creative staff from inside the travel and education company EF Tours. Kevin has also produced outreach videos for the Harvard Graduate School of Education and flipped classroom video for Suffolk University Law School.

Kevin brings many years of experience with audio-visual technology to HSPH.  Prior to embarking on his freelance production career, Kevin managed operations for the sales division of Rule Boston Camera, where he acquired AV equipment installation experience.

Kevin is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in communications with a focus on film production.

Please join us in welcoming Kevin to our technical staff and to the HSPH community!

Interesting fact:
Kevin is the technical director for a WBUR radio program, podcast, and live event called You’re the Expert where a panel of comedians guess what an academic studies.   It’s educational and it’s fun!

Monthly Maintenance Window: Thursday, September 11

UPDATE: All updates were successful and systems are fully operational.

On Thursday, September 11th, we will be performing our normal monthly system maintenance to all servers.

The maintenance window will last from 7PM to 1AM.

There will be a school-wide Wireless Network outage between 7:30PM to 8:30PM:

  • Wireless access from inside SPH buildings will be interrupted
  • Wired access will not be effected

The following services will have one or two small outages:
(You can continue to work, but may have brief pauses while services restart)

The following services will be unavailable from 7pm – 10:30pm:

The following services will be unaffected during the maintenance window:  

Please contact our I/T Helpdesk at (617)432-4357 or email helpdesk@hsph.harvard.edu for any questions or concerns you may have regarding this information.

Upcoming Maintenance dates:

  • 10/16/2014
  • 11/13/2014
  • 12/11/2014

HSPH Helpdesk Temporarily Moved to Kresge 209

Update 11:30 am: The Helpdesk has reopened in Kresge LL15.

The IT Office and HSPH Helpdesk in Kresge LL15 are currently closed due to a water leak and associated clean-up.

The HSPH Helpdesk is operating for walk-ins until further notice in Kresgse 209.  Phone support is not impacted and the User Services team is available for phone support.

Classes in Kresge LL6 are not impacted and will be held as scheduled.  The student computer lab in Kresge LL19 likewise is not impacted and remains open for students.

Maintenance Window: Saturday, August 23

UPDATE: As of 12:10 pm, all systems have been verified and are fully functioning. 

UPDATE: As of 7:30 am, firewall maintenance has been completed.  IT staff are working on testing and verifying systems.

On Saturday morning, August 23rd, we will be performing maintenance to the SPH network firewalls.  The maintenance window will last from 6:00AM to 12:00PM.

There will be a Network outage between 6:00AM and 9:00AM that will affect all of the SPH campus.

ALL ACCESS to servers and the Internet will be interrupted.  

We anticipate that the actual outage will be brief and the majority of the maintenance window will be used to test and troubleshoot any unexpected issues.

The following services will be unaffected during the maintenance window if you are connecting from outside HSPH:

Upcoming Maintenance dates:

  • 9/11/2014
  • 10/16/2014
  • 11/13/2014
  • 12/11/2014