Live Securely in 2023 (part 4 of 4)

Still following along but not feeling secure, or without care? I’ve summarized the last couple posts in this series in a handy grid below, organized by the two main areas, identity protection and software updates.   While I don’t advocate printing it out, it can be easily copied into a… Continue reading »

Using Software “Without Care” (Part 3 of 4)

You may remember from the first post of this series that the word “security” originates from the Latin roots of “se” and “cura” which literally means “without care”. Wouldn’t we all like to be secure and not have to deal with all this security stuff? You can…and it’s easier than… Continue reading »

Job Opportunity: Documentation & Training Specialist

Williams College seeks a Documentation and Training Specialist to join our team for an exciting opportunity to play a critical role in leading the college through a multi-year effort to replace our core Human Resources, Finance and Student systems through the implementation of Workday HCM, Financials and Student products. Continue reading »

Protect your Identity – Live Securely in 2023 (Part 2)

Let’s talk threats for a moment. These days, threats are everywhere. Animals, diseases, other people, and even the weather can all present real challenges to the security of our lives. When it comes to the digital domain, most attacks are successful because of two major areas of weakness: 1. The… Continue reading »

Live Securely in 2023 (Part 1 of 4)

I started my career in IT decades ago and I was always interested in the security of systems. Recently, I came across an old study guide for an information security certification I achieved in 2012. The guide was from 1998, and it reminded me that I’ve been doing this for… Continue reading »

Project Coordinator Job Opportunity

  Williams College is looking for two Project Coordinators to support a multi-year project to replace our core Human Resources, Finance and Student systems through the implementation of Workday HCM, Financials and Student products. The goal of this project is to better support the people and processes essential to… Continue reading »

New IP addresses for some faculty and staff computers

Some faculty and staff computers will get new IP addresses on Friday morning.  This should only be of importance to people who connect to their computers remotely or who run a webserver off their computer.  OIT has attempted to exempt any computers which we know should keep their same IP… Continue reading »

OIT Announces New Improved Guest Wifi Access

On January 11th the college’s new improved guest Wifi network will be available. Our guest Wi-Fi provides a robust and fast network connection for our visitors and patrons.    Guests will now connect to the “Williams-College” network which will be visible from their laptop or other… Continue reading »

Changes to the way Zoom recordings move into Glow

Williams first subscribed to Zoom in the early days of the pandemic to support remote teaching, and it was set up so that cloud-recorded Zoom meetings were automatically uploaded to Glow and Panopto. (Panopto is the video streaming service used by Glow.) At the time, that made good sense, since… Continue reading »

Job Opportunities: Academic Technology Specialist

The Williams College Office for Information Technology is hiring multiple, service-oriented Academic Technology Specialists due to coinciding retirements within the team. The Academic Technologists provide technical and pedagogical assistance to faculty, students, and staff for the effective use of technology in teaching, research, and learning. Working closely with other… Continue reading »

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Fatigue Attacks

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Fatigue Attacks – What they are, what they mean, and what to do. If you’ve been paying attention to securing your information, you’ve likely heard to use a second-factor with your authentication, going a step beyond the traditional credential pair of a username and password and using… Continue reading »

Access Considerations For Employee Transfers

Process for managing data when an employee changes departments within Williams When a Williams employee changes departments (for example someone going from the Office for Information Technology to the Facilities department), Google shares, drives, calendars, email aliases and lists need to be manually changed.   The employee, supervisor and possibly department… Continue reading »

Phishing, Smishing and Vishing is on the rise

Phishing, Smishing and Vishing is on the rise…don’t fall victim to these attacks! Welcome to NCSAM week 2! This week we’ll take an in-depth look at three of the most common social engineering attacks, and the characteristics that aid in correctly identifying them. But before we reach that three-way fork,… Continue reading »