Maggie Jesse, Senior Director of the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology in Information Technology Services (ITS), received the 2017 Information Technology Leadership Award in recognition of her exemplary contributions to the university’s IT community.
Todd Weissenberger and Kirk Corey have won a 2016-17 Diversity Catalyst Award in recognition of their contributions to improving website accessibility at the University of Iowa.
The IT Leadership Award is part of a continuing effort to develop, encourage, and support IT Leadership at the UI. Nominations are due by Sunday, April 2, 2017. The nomination form and criteria are available at https://uiowa.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1758121.
Deployment of the new high-performance computing system, Argon, is taking longer than expected due to issues with equipment delivered by the vendor. Argon is expected to be generally available by March 14, about two weeks later than the originally planned rollout date. The updated schedule is available at https://hpc.uiowa.edu/recent-news/new-hpc-cluster-coming-soon-argon-febr....
A recent security incident recently prompted the Information Security and Policy Office to recommend that all students, faculty, and staff to change their HawkID password. Response to messages encouraging password changes has been positive, but it would be helpful for IT professionals to continue encouraging more end users to take this precautionary measure. The HawkID password change tool is available at: http://hawkid.uiowa.edu.
OneIT is executing a mass communication campaign, including this Iowa Now story, to let campus know that Two-Step Login will be required for Employee Self-Service starting Feb. 22, and that in the future Two-Step will be extended to more systems containing sensitive data.
The majority of employees are enrolled in Two-Step, but there are more to go. Starting this week, targeted weekly emails will be sent to those who haven’t enrolled. IT professionals can help by reminding people to enroll and assisting them if necessary. (Instructions are at https://its.uiowa.edu/two-step.)
UI employees who haven’t yet enrolled in Two-Step Login with Duo Security must do so by Feb. 22. Two-Step Login is an IT security measure to protect critical data and systems for the university and its people.
The Helium high-performance computing system was shut down Dec. 1, and installation of the replacement Argon HPC system is underway. Argon is scheduled to be full-service by March 2017.
A majority of UI employees already use Two-Step Login (with Duo Security) for Employee Self Service, and as the next step in this initiative, it will be required for all Employee Self-Service logins starting in Feb. 22.
OneIT is taking a unit-by-unit approach to implementing OneIT initiatives in 13 remaining units by summer 2018. The focus for the unit-by-unit approach is on End User Support, Data Centers and Servers, and Classroom IT Support.