IT Services news
The Green Electronics Council has honoured McGill as a 3-Star EPEAT Purchaser, while the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) gave McGill, along with Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, an Outstanding Case Study award for its Sustainable Procurement Strategy.
The SANS Video Library, the latest course offering in the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program, includes a set of short videos and newsletters concerning IT Security. Check out this week’s featured module: “You Are the Target”. Register through myCourses.
As you know, faculty and staff mailboxes will be migrated to Office 365 very soon, where you will have 50 GB of mail storage space. Therefore, IT Services will be decommissioning the Evault archiving service for Faculty and Staff.
LinkedIn members recently received an email from LinkedIn regarding the developments stemming from the 2012 data breach. This is not a new security breach and affects only LinkedIn passwords that have not been changed since June 2012. LinkedIn has taken immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of all LinkedIn accounts they believed might be at risk. Refer to the email from LinkedIn for more information.
Banner and Minerva will be unavailable for approximately 1 hour Saturday night, May 28, from 10pm to 11pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The following changes will be made to McGill's OneDrive for Business cloud file storage service as of June 7, 2016: Next Generation Sync client Supervisor access to OneDrive repository New instructional video
After a successful pilot phase, including over 1200 volunteers and retired staff, we are now ready to begin migrating the remaining McGill faculty and staff mailboxes and resource accounts from McGill’s central email server to Exchange Online. Mailboxes will be migrated in batches beginning on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 6pm and continuing through July. We will be starting with service units, and progressing by faculty/department in order to avoid issues with delegate/shared accounts (see Special Notes below).
The SANS Video Library, the latest course offering in the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program, includes a set of short videos and newsletters concerning IT Security. Check out this week’s featured module: “Browsing”. Register through myCourses.
Due to the increasing prominence of phishing and malware threats, McGill IT Services will be making some changes to the Anti-Spam Filtering Service. On Monday, May 16, 2016, we will lower the threshold of messages that are considered spam and quarantined. This means, unless you have opted-out of the anti-spam quarantine system, more email messages may be blocked from reaching your Inbox. We anticipate only about a 1% increase in the number of messages detected as spam.
The newest course in the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program includes a set of short videos and newsletters concerning IT Security. Register through myCourses.
The Web Services Group held a special session for WMS site managers and editors on May 5, 2016, presenting tools to create attractive websites. Did you attend? If so, complete the evaluation and provide your feedback. Couldn’t make it or missed something? Watch the recording online.
IT Services is launching a new service called Video @ McGill. This Office 365 component allows faculty and staff members to request a video channel, where they can upload video content and grant viewing permissions to students, faculty and staff members. Students can also upload content when given the appropriate permissions by the channel owner. Think of it as McGill's own private and secure YouTube service.
Status update - 8:40 am Monday, May 2, 2016 McGill IT Services wishes to inform you that call routing to and from external networks (inbound calls and outbound calls) was down on May 1st 2016 from 8AM to 10PM due to a major system failure of our telephony service provider Telus. The issue did affect multiple organizations and clients in various regions (greater Montreal area and other locations) and has now been declared as permanently fixed by Telus.
A series of phishing emails, some with malicious attachments, have been reported. Samples are shown below. Please DO NOT click on any links or open any attachments, or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source. If you have already opened the attachment, you should contact your IT Administrator immediately! If you don't know who your IT Administrator is, contact the IT Service Desk.
A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Email Alert from: McGill University Admin". It is signed from Web Administrators McGill University, and urges the recipient to click a link to upgrade their email account. A sample of the email is shown below.