ITS Security–Password Guidelines Update

University password expiration guidelines for Universal User ID (UUID) accounts are changing. Effective July 1, 2020, UUID password expiration is no longer required for individuals who utilize multi-factor authentication (Duo). Additional information related to password security and guidelines is located at memphis.edu/its/security/password.php.

Students are encouraged to enroll in multi-factor authentication to obtain additional security protections and take advantage of this change. Information about enrolling in multi-factor authentication is provided on the Duo information page located at memphis.edu/its/security/duo.php.

To assist with a smooth transition toward the fall semester, all UUID password expirations are temporarily paused. UUID password expirations will resume on Sept. 1, 2020 for any individuals who are not utilizing Duo multi-factor authentication.

For assistance, please contact the Service Desk by calling 901.678.8888, emailing umtech@memphis.edu, or visiting umhelpdesk.memphis.edu.

Zoom Cloud Storage

To All University of Memphis Zoom Users,

In order to accommodate the needs of our faculty and staff who use Zoom, as well as the limited amount of space that is available in Zoom for recorded meetings saved to the cloud, we will be changing the way we manage users’ cloud recordings. Beginning May 11, 2020, a feature will be turned on for all cloud recordings that will automatically delete any newly recorded videos that are older than 31 days. This will give time for our Zoom users to download the recordings, if they wish, and transfer them to another service to host the videos, such as OneDrive, Ensemble Video or Mediasite.

The cloud recording feature has been well used by our Zoom users and, as such, we have considered what to do with those older recordings as well. We have a timetable by which we will be deleting older recordings. Starting on May 15, 2020, we will remove videos from March 2020, all the while communicating with our users to make sure that they know the videos need to be downloaded, if they wish to be kept. A similar occurrence will take place on May 29, 2020 for all videos recorded in April 2020. Lastly, any videos recorded in May 2020 prior to the feature being turned on that will auto-delete cloud videos after 31 days will be removed on June 12, 2020.

We will be communicating with our Zoom users often during this change, and, as we progress beyond the dates discussed here, we will send out regular reminders about the deletion.

Regards,

Robert Jackson, Ed.D.
Chief Information Officer

Welcome from ITS

Dear Campus Community,

Information Technology Services (ITS) extends a warm welcome to new and returning students, faculty and staff. Please review the following important information:

  • On Jan. 31, ITS will begin making configuration changes to improve Microsoft Office 365 email security. ITS will also implement additional protections against malicious websites later this spring. For more information, visit memphis.edu/its/security/initiatives.php.
  • Be vigilant about phishing and other email scams, especially gift card, financial or employment scams that sound too good to be true. It is a violation of policy to share University passwords. University personnel will never ask for your University password. Visit memphis.edu/its/security/phishing.php for more information.
  • Review policies regarding information technology at memphis.edu/umtech/service_desk/policies/it_policies.php.

For technical assistance, visit umhelpdesk.memphis.edu to submit requests online, call 901.678.8888 or email umtech@memphis.edu.

Regards,

Robert Jackson, Ed.D.
Chief Information Officer

IT Security Alert

Information Technology Services is closely monitoring an increase in spam and phishing attacks. Remember to treat unsolicited job opportunities, gift card requests, fund transfer requests, special offers and unexpected email attachments with skepticism. Even if a message appears to come from a trusted individual, be mindful of language or addresses used in the message, and be suspicious if they don’t match what you typically receive from the individual. Emails containing suspicious content or attachments may be forwarded to abuse@memphis.edu for review.

For assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phoning 901.678.8888, emailing umtech@memphis.edu or visiting umhelpdesk.memphis.edu.

Vendor Decommission of umDrive

Information Technology Services (ITS) has been notified by the vendor that support for our umDrive platform will be discontinued effective Dec. 31, 2019. ITS has identified alternative services and prepared a plan to move data from umDrive that will cause as little disruption as possible.

umDrive will remain fully functional for fall 2019. Local Support Providers (LSPs) have been trained to assist with moving data to alternate spaces with similar or exact services as umDrive. You can find details on what services are available for storage, collaboration, and publication at this website.

We understand this change is inconvenient, and we are committed to easing the discomfort as much as we can. For assistance with umDrive issues, please contact the Service Desk by calling 901.678.8888, emailingumtech@memphis.edu or visiting helpdesk.memphis.edu.

OneDrive Available to All UofM Employees

Did You Know OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service, is available for all UofM employees? This service provides a solution for sharing documents with internal and external (non-UofM) colleagues while working on research, class projects or administrative collaboration. OneDrive has five TB (terabytes) of available storage space. See IT6005 Campus Data Security Policy and the ITS Data Storage Guidelines for usage guidelines. To access OneDrive, visit the webmail site and log in using your email and password. Look for the App Launcher (nine tiles in a square) at the upper left of the screen, near the Office 365 logo. Select OneDrive and let the collaboration begin.

Faculty and staff also can place a service request with their LSP (local service provider) to install and link OneDrive to their desktop. Synching all of your files to your OneDrive provides a safe backup that can be accessed online.

Telecommunications Upgrade

Information Technology Services will conduct an upgrade of our telecommunications infrastructure this summer.  The upgrade will provide several benefits including: improved reporting and analytics for call centers, additional support for voice-over-IP (VOIP), lower monthly operating costs, decreased capital expenditures for equipment replacement, security upgrades and future savings related to cloud-based technologies.

Major components of the upgrade project will be performed during periods of low-call volumes in order to minimize campus impact.  No hardware changes will be made to office phones as part of this upgrade.  Updates and additional information will be provided when the project plan is finalized and we near the implementation dates.

U Of M IT Security Initiatives

Dear Campus Community,

The University of Memphis takes information security very seriously and is committed to appropriate actions that safeguard University data.  The following initiatives will strengthen our information security posture:

  1. Enhanced network firewall controls – Effective November 12, 2018, the University will implement configuration changes to our network firewall to restrict unapproved externally-initiated incoming network traffic.  Most users will not be impacted by this change since most network activity is internally-initiated outgoing network traffic.  VPN access will still be allowed, and exceptions will be made for legitimate University network traffic.  To request an exception in advance, please contact the ITS Service Desk using the contact information below.
  2. Expansion of multi-factor authentication – The University will expand multi-factor authentication (Duo) to all employees to provide an additional layer of security.  Beginning November 1, employees on-boarded will be registered for Duo and begin using multi-factor authentication.  All other employees will be registered effective February 4, 2019.  Employees may opt-in for Duo now.   Students may also opt-in for additional protection.
  3. Expansion of IT Security Awareness Training – The University understands the importance of employee training in minimizing IT security risks, and we are expanding our IT Security Awareness Training program for employees.  Beginning November 1, new employees will be registered for IT Security Awareness Training.  All existing employees will be registered for training effective November 1.  Annual training will be available through February 1, 2019 for fiscal year 2019.

ITS will host an Information Security Fair on October 25, 10AM-2PM in the University Center in observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we hope you will take advantage of that opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about these initiatives.  Additional information about these initiatives may also be found on the ITS security website located at https://www.memphis.edu/its/security/initiatives.php.  For assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phoning 901.678.8888, emailing umtech@memphis.edu, or visiting https://umhelpdesk.memphis.edu.

All of us have a role in protecting the University, and I appreciate in advance your cooperation and support on these initiatives.

Regards,

Robert Jackson
Chief Information Officer

Status Update: Network Upgrade Project

The University of Memphis network upgrade project is proceeding according to schedule.  Building switches and existing wireless access points have been replaced.

Individuals should use the following appropriate wireless network:

  • um – Primary wireless network for use by UofM students, faculty, and staff.
  • um-guest – Temporary access for campus visitors that requires sign-in every 24 hours.
  • um-devices – Connect wireless devices such as gaming consoles, wireless printers and streaming devices to this network.
  • eduroam – Visitors to UofM whose home institutions participate in Eduroam can connect to this network using credentials from their home institution.

University employees and students should connect their smart phones, tablets, and computers to the um wireless network.  Accessing the um wireless network will require authentication with your UUID and password.

During the fall semester, ITS will continue to expand wireless network coverage by deploying additional access points, and testing will begin for implementation of the final phase of the network upgrade scheduled for winter break.

For additional information, please visit the webpage on wireless.  If you need assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 901.678.8888.