Announcements

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 »

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Brush up on your social engineering knowledge!   CISA’s theme this year is “See Yourself in Cyber,” but half of their content was covered last year, when I shared info about passphrases, MFA, phishing, and how… Continue reading »

Erroneous expiration notice from Adobe

Due to a delay in Adobe processing licenses for many schools, people at Williams are receiving an erroneous message regarding an expiring license.  Adobe has assured us that there will be no interruption in the use of Adobe products like Acrobat.  You can simply delete the message, there is no… Continue reading »

Fabrication Lab (Sawyer 247) Now Open!

Events and opportunities to get creative are popping up all the time so be sure to bookmark and check the FabLab public calendar often! Stop in and explore something new or bring a project and just hang out with other crafty folk!… Continue reading »

Listserv Upgrade on Friday 8/26 from 5pm – 7:30pm

We will be upgrading the listserv server and application on Friday, August 26, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. During this time, the listserv will be unavailable.  Messages send to lists during that time will be held in a queue and delivered after the upgrade it complete. This new version of the… Continue reading »

OIT Zoom drop-in room now open

The OIT/Itech Zoom drop in-room is now open to respond to questions in prep for the Fall semester. Note that the room has a new Zoom link this year. As always, check here https://oit.williams.edu/#faculty for the hours and the link to join. Continue reading »

Williams Makerspace is Hiring Two First-Year Students

The Williams Makerspace is hiring two first-year students for the 2022-23 academic year. Prior experience is helpful, but not necessary as we can provide training. Your passion for Making, 3D printing and/or virtual reality (VR) is absolutely required.  Learn how to make things, help your fellow students and… Continue reading »

Update your software now to be ready for fall!

No matter your hardware platform of choice or what software you use, they all need updates from time to time, often to protect you and your data from loss or harm. Run through this brief checklist to ensure your systems are as ready as you are for the fall. 1. Install… Continue reading »

Eduroam wireless certificates to be updated August 16

Dear Williams staff, faculty and students, To continue providing secure access to our wireless network, OIT is updating several related servers and certificates on Tuesday morning, August 16th Most wireless devices including laptops, phones and tablets will prompt you to trust or accept the new certificate for eduroam. Please do… Continue reading »

GLOW New Quizzes

A new quizzing tool (New Quizzes) is now available to all instructors on GLOW. You will be asked to choose between New Quizzes and Classic Quizzes when you add a new quiz item. The New Quizzes will become the default version and the Classic Quizzes will retire by June, 2024. Continue reading »

Update Zoom Client before Aug 6, 2022

On August 6, 2022, Zoom will be retiring installations older than version 5.3.0 to address a critical security vulnerability. To avoid disruption, please follow the instructions below to check the current version of Zoom, and if necessary to update Zoom on your computer or device before August 6, 2022. Upgrading… Continue reading »

Google Data and Quotas for 2022

Google Data Storage Google is placing a quota for drive storage on all educational institutions starting July 1st. Why?  More data requires more servers and more electricity, consuming more energy; Google is hoping to limit this growth. Because of this, student accounts at Williams are being limited to 15GB, which… Continue reading »

Collaboratively Optimizing Williams

We are excited to kick off a multi-year project to Collaboratively Optimize Williams.  This project, which will replace our core Human Resources, Finance and Student systems, is so much more than just a technology upgrade!  In this project, people from across the College will come together to reimagine the way… Continue reading »