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SPSS Renewal for 2018

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by Brian Hopkins

The University’s site license for SPSS has been renewed for the period Nov. 1, 2017  — Oct. 31, 2018. Instructions for reactivating the program, including the faculty and student license codes, are available in myOleMiss. Log in to myOleMiss, search for Research Software, and click through to the page for SPSS. There you will find […]

Easy-to-Use Data Protection with Hardware Encryption Devices

Posted on: October 19th, 2017 by IT Security

Those who deal with sensitive data must take special care when storing files on removable media such as USB flash drives. Encryption is best way to protect this data from accidental disclosure – it makes files indecipherable to unauthorized users. The UM Box service provides encryption both in transit and at-rest. Cloud storage is not […]

New ATS Menu

Posted on: September 14th, 2017 by admin

New ATS Menu Accessibility & Technology Solutions is your faculty and staff resource for accessibility concerns.  The website has been updated to include a more accessible mobile menu.  If you have ever wondered what distinguishes accessible websites, visit the ATS site and try it out.  You can use the site whether you use a mouse […]

Seeing AI

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by admin

Seeing AI Computers, the internet, and smartphones have changed the way each of us live our lives.  For people who are blind or have low vision these changes have been a double-edged sword.  The information and communication that is central to the rise of this technology benefits people regardless of their physical abilities.  They are, […]

Email Encryption in Office 365

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by IT Security

The UM Office of Information Technology is now providing an email encryption service. This is available to everyone with an @olemiss.edu email address. Email, even when encrypted, is not an appropriate medium for transmitting many types of data. Any data protected by FERPA (student identification, grades, etc.), HIPPA (personally identifiable medical information), GLBA (credit and […]

Issues with Transactions in the SAP GUI 750 Version?

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by Deetra Wiley

There is an option that is defaulted to “on” within this SAP GUI version that causes issues with certain transactions.  If you are experiencing issues in the SAP GUI 750 version, please follow the instructions below as a possible solution, before contacting SAP Support.  If you should continue to experience issues, please contact SAP Support […]

CIO Search Candidates

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by Robby Seitz

The University of Mississippi is currently conducting a search for the next Chief Information Officer (CIO). Reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and also to the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, the CIO will provide management to OIT and vision and strategic leadership to the university to advance the teaching, research, and service missions through the use of technology.

New Procedure for Servers Containing Sensitive Data

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by admin

Cybersecurity has become one of the hot topics in the state and national discourse and is the responsibility of all University administrators of information technology, particularly those responsible for sensitive data. Governor Bryant recently signed House Bill 999, codified as Miss. Code Ann. § 25-53-201 (2017), which establishes an enterprise security program for entities of […]

Accessibility and the VPAT

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by admin

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that technology procured, developed, or maintained by institutions that receive federal funding must be accessible to people with disabilities.  In the decades since that law was enacted, we have seen an unmistakable increase in the prevalence and prominence of technology in higher education.  An important corollary […]

One-time Setup, Two-factor Authentication

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by admin

Employees and others with @olemiss.edu email addresses will soon need to have their phones handy. The university’s Office 365 accounts are transitioning to two-factor authentication. I.T. is enabling this change as part of our security assessment with the goal of limiting hacked accounts.