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March has arrived like a lion with cold temperatures and IT staff cranking on projects.

Service Operations

Over 1,070 K-State employees have enrolled in Duo, two-factor authentication

Enterprise Server Technologies recently completed the move of Chef, their internal server orchestration tool to Amazon AWS. Through this process EST was able to retire 12 servers and replace them with three servers in the cloud. This is part of the rebuild phase post Hale fire.

During Spring Break, Networking and Telecommunications Services (NTS) is removing the wireless access points in Eisenhower, which were 2.4GHZ. This is in conjunction with the asbestos abatement project and in preparation for upgrades to Eisenhower occurring in the summer. NTS plans to update the access points to 5 GHz. Those accessing Eisenhower wireless should notice the difference.

A task force has been formed for the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) project. The RFP is out with a due date of April 5.  Listening sessions are planned for March 20 through April 30.

Training

IT Cybersecurity Awareness Training will be sent to student employees on March 7.

IT training (Canvas, KSIS, CMS, Qualtrics, MS Word, Office 365, etc). offerings for campus constituents are listed on https://www.k-state.edu/its/events. If you would like specific topic for your unit, please request the topic.

Security

Information Technology continues to remind faculty, staff and students to be aware of phishing scams. K-Staters might have noticed a warning/disclaimer on specific emails in their inbox such as **These messages have been known to be malicious. Please, be very cautious with these messages.** This warning is triggered when ‘gift card’ appears in the body or subject line of an email. This is a cautionary note to review the email before taking any action.

Comparison of Phishing Scams and Compromised eIDs 

YTD 2019 YTD 2018 YTD 2017
Compromised eIDs 97 100 509
Phishing scams 240 121 200
Phishing scam tickets processed 595 375 782