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Read the latest news and updates regarding AU's information technology services.
AU chief information officer Dave Swartz would like to invite you to review our fall 2013 newsletter with a Cyber Security Awareness emphasis.
Did you hear that American University was selected as one of Computerworld's 100 Best Places to Work in Information Technology? Not only did we make the list for the first time this year with a respectable ranking of 96 among Fortune 500 companies, but AU ranked fifth in the Overall Benefits category. Learn more about what makes our organization special.
October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Do you know how to protect yourself from cyber criminals? Learn about OIT's campaign to raise awareness. Order or print new cyber security posters for your office or common areas.
Did you think it was hard to connect to the AU wireless network last year? If so, you were not alone. OIT surveyed many customers to identify problem areas and formed a cross-functional team to reconfigure the wireless network and simplify wireless access.
Do you click on links that are embedded in email messages? OIT advises that you should never click on a link, but instead type the web address in your browser manually. Always check to make sure that the web address is legitimate before typing in your login credentials.
Did you know that Microsoft has announced the end of support for Windows XP and Office 2003, as of April 8, 2014? As a result, computers running Windows XP will not be allowed to connect to the AU network at the end of the academic year, since they will no longer be receiving critical operating system patches and support from the vendor. Find out about AU's plans to replace or upgrade AU-owned computers.
Did you feel like it was excessive to change your AU password every 90 days? If so, you will be pleased that you now have a choice as to which password policy applies to your accounts. Find out how a longer password will be more secure, allowing you to change it once a year.
Have you heard the buzz about the new admissions and recruitment tool that is being implemented to modernize and streamline the admission and enrollment management processes to better meet the demands of prospective applicants? Already launched for the College of Arts and Sciences, the other schools and colleges will follow.
Do you have your mobile device configured to require a PIN to prevent unauthorized access to your data, if the device is lost or stolen? To minimize the risk of exposure and abuse, OIT will soon be requiring a four digit PIN for devices that connect to AU's Blackberry Enterprise or Lotus Traveler servers.
Have you ever thought about how complicated it is to get metrics on graduate admissions at American University, since the process is decentralized and unique to each of the schools and colleges? Learn about an effort to standardize key metrics and report on progress centrally through a business intelligence dashboard.
Have you heard that the new Mac operating system can be downloaded for FREE? That's right, you can get the latest security enhancements, new features, and performance and battery life boosts by upgrading now.