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Microsoft Teams Essentials training

Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration tool that allows users and organizations to efficiently discuss and work on projects and tasks without the need of email, phones, or file sharing applications. This hands-on training will cover:

  • Accessing the application
  • Exploring the layout of the user interface
  • Understanding the purpose for the different levels of communication
  • Working on files at the same time as others
  • Getting an introduction to some of the additional apps
  • Demonstrating the integration to other Microsoft Office applications (such as Word and Excel)
  • Getting a brief walk-through of Shifts (scheduling)

More advanced features like Team creation and management will not be covered in this course.

Each training session will be limited to 30 users. Sessions will be held in Calvin 306 computer lab. Sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Session 1: November 4, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Session 2: November 7, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Session 3: November 7, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

There will also be onsite training classes at the Polytechnic Campus on November 5 in STC-124. These training sessions will be limited to 20 users.  Sessions are scheduled for the following date and times:

  • Session 1S: November 5, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Session 2S: November 5, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Register for the training.

 

 

University preparing to move financial, student and human resource systems to cloud services

Information Technology Services is preparing for the move of the Financial Information System (FIS), the K-State Student Information System (KSIS) and the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) to the cloud. The date for the move from on-premise to the cloud is pending. We wanted to inform K-Staters of this change in advance of any outage. 

Why are the systems moving to cloud services? The move of our financial, student and human resource systems to the cloud is part of the IT Strategic Plan to modernize the IT infrastructure and move forward with our cloud first strategy. 

Will users notice any differences? Our users should not notice any change in services or functionality. However, some bookmarks might need to be updated.  

Will there be an outage when the systems go live? There will be a period of time when the systems are offline. K-Staters will be notified prior to any downtime of the systems. The outage for FIS will be approximately three days. The outage for HRIS and KSIS will be four days.  

Who do you contact with issues? Contact the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722 or put in a ticket from helpdesk@ksu.edu. 

 

 

Cybersecurity: Phishing

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals attempt to lure users to click on a link or open an attachment that infects their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks. Phishing emails may appear to come from a real financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency, or any other service, business, or individual. The email may also request personal information such as account numbers, passwords, or Social Security numbers. When users respond with the information or click on a link, attackers use it to access users’ accounts.

HOW CRIMINALS LURE YOU IN

The following messages from the Federal Trade Commission’s OnGuardOnline are examples of what attackers may email or text when phishing for sensitive information:

  • “We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account. To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below, and confirm your identity.”
  • “During our regular verification of accounts, we couldn’t verify your information. Please click here to update and verify your information.”
  • “Our records indicate that your account was overcharged. You must call us within 7 days to receive your refund.”
  • To see examples of actual phishing emails, and steps to take if you believe you received a phishing email, please visit “

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Cybersecurity awareness training delivered to your inbox on Oct. 29

The annual state-mandated cybersecurity awareness training will be delivered to your inboxes on Tuesday, Oct. 29. All faculty, staff, and student employees must complete the online training by Nov. 12.

If you use Outlook on the Web and you don’t see the training invitation in your Focused inbox, check your Other folder.

Cybersecurity awareness training is an important part of K-State’s strategy to protect our information systems and data. “We ALL have a responsibility to protect the information assets entrusted to us. Everyone at K-State serves a critical role in protecting K-State data”, said Chad Currier, K-State’s chief information security officer.

Everyone at K-State serves a critical role in protecting K-State data

This training, required by state statute, introduces basic computer security concepts and good security practices and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Once you complete the training, your personnel record in HRIS will be updated. It will be listed under the Training Summary as Cybersecurity Awareness, with the course code WIT590.

If you have questions about the security awareness training, contact the IT Help Desk at helpdesk@k-state.edu or 532-7722.

Cybersecurity: 5 steps to protecting your digital home

More and more of our home devices— including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms—are now connected to the Internet. This enables us to control our devices on our smartphones, no matter our location, which in turn can save us time and money while providing convenience and even safety. These advances in technology are innovative and intriguing, however they also pose a new set of security risks. #BeCyberSmart to connect with confidence and protect your digital home.

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VPN users need to switch to GlobalProtect

GlobalProtect logoK-Staters who use AnyConnect as their VPN client need to switch to GlobalProtect. AnyConnect will be retired on November 14.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to remotely access campus resources securely over the internet. By connecting to K-State’s VPN, you assure that the data you transmit or receive will be secure between your computer and K-State.

With GlobalProtect, K-Staters will have a better user experience when using a VPN and no longer need to choose the VPN Group as you did with AnyConnect. When you sign in with your eID and password, you will automatically be placed in the correct group.

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

To learn more about the new VPN, view K-State’s VPN webpage.

Oct. 25: Tapping Social Media with NCapture and NVivo 12 Plus

“Tapping Social Media Data with NCapture and NVivo 12 Plus” will be offered 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in 306 Calvin Hall (a computer lab). This presentation provides an overview of the NCapture browser add-on (to Google Chrome and Microsoft IE) as a tool for extracting information from social media platforms and will explore how the extracted data is analyzed using NVivo 12 Plus, a qualitative and mixed methods data analysis tool. (The NVivo for Mac now enables this functionality as well.)

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CRM introduction training Oct. 31, Nov. 12, and Dec. 2

CRM Introduction Training has been scheduled for Oct. 31, Nov. 12, and Dec. 2. All training sessions will be in Calvin Hall 306, and training will last for 1.5 hours. Training sessions are limited to 20 people per session. You must be enrolled in the session to attend.

To sign up for training, sign in to HRIS.

  1. Under Self Service, choose Learning and Development, then KSU Training Enrollment.
  2. On the Request Training Enrollment page, look for CRM Introduction WIT310.
  3. Select View Available Sessions.
  4. Select the Session you would like to attend.
  5. Select Continue.

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