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CRM Town Hall Dec. 12

Registration opens Mon., Nov. 18, for the fifth CRM Town Hall meeting. The Town Hall is 1 to 3 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 12, in the College of Business Administration, Room 4061.

The Town Hall will start with a 30-minute CRM project status update. This part of the meeting is open to everyone via Zoom and does not require registration. Go to k-state.edu/crm/town-hall for the Zoom ID. You will need to use your eID and password to view this page. Continue reading “CRM Town Hall Dec. 12”

VPN transition extended to Spring 2020

GlobalProtect logoOn Nov. 14, the AnyConnect VPN was scheduled to be retired. For the last several months, K-Staters who use AnyConnect were asked to switch to GlobalProtect for their VPN needs. To allow VPN users more time to make the transition, the deadline has been extended to Spring 2020.

VPN users are encouraged to switch to Global Protect now and not wait until Spring 2020. GlobalProtect is currently available for both Mac and Windows platforms.

At this time, GlobalProtect is only available for use with laptops and desktops. If you install GlobalProtect now on your smartphone or tablet, you will get the error “GlobalProtect is not licensed for this feature or device” when you try to log in. GlobalProtect will be available for Linux computers, smartphones, and tablets during Spring 2020.

Installation instructions

If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk, 785-532-7722, email helpdesk@ksu.edu.

For more information about the VPN visit: https://www.k-state.edu/its/security/secure-data/vpn/

HRIS and KSIS scheduled downtime, Nov. 21 – 24

As part of K-State’s ongoing effort to modernize our IT infrastructure and implement a cloud-first strategy, many of K-State’s systems are moving to the cloud. K-State’s Student Information System (KSIS) will be moving to the cloud, and the Human Resource Information System (HRIS), which is already in the cloud, will be moving to managed services. KSIS and HRIS will be unavailable beginning 7 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 21, and will be back online the evening of Sun., Nov. 24.

If you experience any issues after the downtime, call the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722 or email  helpdesk@k-state.edu. To learn more about K-State’s move to a cloud-first strategy, view the  IT Strategic Plan.

IT Update

November is the perfect opportunity to thank the IT staff for all they do to support K-State 2025, Strategic Enrollment Management, the new budget model, the IT Strategic Plan, One IT and so much more.

The hard work of staff was recognized when K-State was named the recipient of the E&I Cloud Leadership Award for the Hybrid Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) category. There were over a hundred applications for the award categories. K-State’s recognition was due to careful planning, the innovative hybrid approach, and the speed of the move to cloud services. Thank you to the IT staff from a grateful campus.

The summary that follows is organized by strategic goals within the IT Strategic Plan.

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Nov. 22: Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics

“Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics” is scheduled 1:30–3:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 22, in 306 Calvin Hall (a computer lab). All students, faculty, and staff who use this research suite are welcome to attend.


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Reminder: Mediasite webinar on in-video quizzes Nov. 18

During the fall semester, Information Technology Services is hosting a webinar training series focusing on Mediasite at K-State.

This webinar series highlights many of the power features offered through Mediasite. During the final webinar for the fall, faculty will discover how to leverage in-video quizzes within a Mediasite presentation to foster active learning in the online classroom. You can participate in the 30-minute webinar at 10 a.m. Mon., Nov. 18, via Zoom: https://ksu.zoom.us/j/947339208

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FIS and eForms scheduled downtime, Nov. 15-17

As part of K-State’s ongoing effort to modernize our IT infrastructure and implement a cloud-first strategy, many of K-State’s systems are moving to the cloud. The Financial Information System (FIS) and eForms will be moving to the cloud and will be unavailable beginning 6 p.m., Fri., Nov. 15, and will be back online the evening of Sun., Nov. 17.  Continue reading “FIS and eForms scheduled downtime, Nov. 15-17”

ETDR walk-in sessions

The fall semester deadline for submitting ETDRs (electronic theses, dissertations, and reports) to the Graduate School is 5 p.m., Friday, November 15. All ETDRs must be submitted as PDFs through the K-REx repository system.

Walk-in ETDR help sessions are scheduled November 5 – 15:

  • Tuesday, November 5 – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 6 – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 7 – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, November 11 – 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 13 – 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14 – 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 15 – 3-5 pm

All sessions are in the Media Center (MC) in Seaton Hall, Room 1 (basement level). The MC has Windows and Mac computers, scanners, Microsoft Office Suite, and Acrobat Pro software. MC consultants are available to help with  PDF-conversion issues.

Reminder: VPN users need to switch to GlobalProtect by Nov. 14

GlobalProtect logoOn November 14, the AnyConnect VPN will be retired. K-Staters who use AnyConnect as their VPN client need to switch to GlobalProtect.

GlobalProtect is currently available for both Mac and Windows platforms. GlobalProtect will be available later this year for Linux computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Installation instructions

For more information about the VPN visit: https://www.k-state.edu/its/security/secure-data/vpn/

Cybersecurity: Creating a password

Creating a strong password is an essential step to protecting yourself online. Using long and complex passwords is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself from cybercrime. No citizen is immune to cyber risk, but #BeCyberSmart and you can minimize your chances of an incident.


Creating a strong password is easier than you think. Follow these simple tips to shake up your password protocol:

  • Use a long passphrase. According to NIST guidance, you should consider using the longest password or passphrase permissible. For example, you can use a passphrase such as a news headline or even the title of the last book you read. Then add in some punctuation and capitalization.
  • Don’t make passwords easy to guess. Do not include personal information in your password such as your name or pets’ names. This information is often easy to find on social media, making it easier for cybercriminals to hack your accounts.
  • Avoid using common words in your password. Substitute letters with numbers and punctuation marks or symbols. For example, @ can replace the letter “A” and an exclamation point (!) can replace the letters “I” or “L.”
  • Get creative. Use phonetic replacements, such as “PH” instead of “F”. Or make deliberate, but obvious misspellings, such as “enjin” instead of “engine.”
  • Keep your passwords on the down-low. Don’t tell anyone your passwords and watch for attackers trying to trick you into revealing your passwords through email or calls. Every time you share or reuse a password, it chips away at your security by opening up more avenues in which it could be misused or stolen.
  • Unique account, unique password. Having different passwords for various accounts helps prevent cyber criminals from gaining access to these accounts and protect you in the event of a breach. It’s important to mix things up—find easy-to- remember ways to customize your standard password for different sites.
  • Double your login protection. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure that the only person who has access to your account is you. Use it for email, banking, social media, and any other service that requires logging in. If MFA is an option, enable it by using a trusted mobile device, such as your smartphone, an authenticator app, or a secure token—a small physical device that can hook onto your key ring.
  • Utilize a password manager to remember all your long passwords. The most secure way to store all of your unique passwords is by using a password manager. With just one master password, a computer can generate and retrieve passwords for every account that you have – protecting your online information, including credit card numbers and their three-digit Card Verification Value (CVV) codes, answers to security questions, and more.

Download the creating a password guide.