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ITS Update – December

Where did the year go? The following are December updates as IT closes out a busy, invigorating, historic 2018.


There are 302 K-Staters using DUO, two-factor authentication, with a plan for incrementally phasing in staff and faculty at a rate of 200 at a time.

The move of the DAS (distributed antenna system) is completed.  ITS is working with the vendor to bring the DAS to areas on campus that need a cellular boost within the buildings.


The ERP Task Force is in the process of drafting their final report with a release planned for campus in January.

The cloud first strategy is being fleshed out with input from the IT staff, vendors and the distributed IT community.

The IT Strategic Plan will be distributed and reviewed by the extended IT Leadership group in mid-December, followed by a release to campus. The plan will be posted on the Strategic Planning page available from http://www.k-state.edu/it-strategic-planning/index.html


IT Security Training was sent to 6,701 faculty/staff to complete. To date 36% have completed the required training. We are working on an improved process for sharing the training with campus.

ITS is in the process of increasing the training offerings we provide to campus. During the fall, we offered sessions on Canvas, the CMS, KSIS, ETDRs, and NVivo Plus 12, Qualtrics, Zoom and more. Additional sessions are planned for spring on similar topics and more including basic Excel and MSWord.

Services and Locations

The IT Help Desk will be closed from Dec 24 -28 and will reopen Dec 29. Visit http://www.k-state.edu/its/helpdesk/hours.html .

Service location feedback has been positive in our post Hale fire environment. we were able to add more computers and printers to the Union, install white boards in Dickens, purchase and install eight Samsung Flips, electronic flips and locate throughout campus. The Union purchased a few more white boards for their space as well.  We continue to share information about the locations with campus. Spaces for study during finals week has expanded, visit: http://www.lib.k-state.edu/finals-week .


As part of our move to align IT services and gain synergies among staff, Bryan Kraus, Director of Financial Systems, and Ray Linville, Applications Developer, from the Division of Financial Services joined ISO on Dec. 3.


Comparison of Phishing Scams and Compromised eIDs

YTD 2017 YTD 2018
Compromised eIDs 3,816 547
Phishing scams 1,086 528
Phishing scam tickets processed 6,839 2,102


On the horizon, Networking and Telecommunications is planning for a complete wiring upgrade for Waters Hall, which will provide improved wireless in the building. In the center of Waters where ceilings have been removed for the installation of the sprinkler system, NTS is planning to remove the trays from these areas and move them above the ceilings. The areas that never had ceilings the cabling will remain visible.