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Update on Zoom security features

In the past week, there has been a lot of news coverage regarding Zoom and security. Zoom is considered a best-in-class web conferencing platform because of its ease of use, cross-platform availability, and full features, including chat, screen sharing, recording, audio transcription, and being device-agnostic.

Eric Yuan, Zoom Founder and CEO, in a message to users, identified security features that Zoom staffers fixed and those Zoom is actively addressing. What Zoom has done includes:

There is a  pop-up notification from Zoom when new mandatory or optional updates are available.  When you receive a notification, run the update.

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Canvas summer and fall 2020 courses have been created

The Automatic Course Creation for summer and fall 2020 is now complete. Course shells (except 900-level courses) have been created in Canvas. Student rosters will automatically be kept in sync with KSIS, with student drop/adds happening in near real-time. Changes to the course in KSIS will be reflected in the K-State Online course. To have a 900-level course created, contact the IT Help Desk.

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K-State’s new eID password standards

Currently, K-Staters are required to change their eID password every 180 days. On Wednesday, April 8, K-State’s eID password standards are changing. With these updated standards, most K-Staters will need to change their passwords only one more time.

What do I need to do?

Right now, nothing. Before the change, you received an email every 180 days, reminding you to change your password. After April 8, the next time you get the reminder email, change your password using the new password standards. After that password change, you will not need to change your password again unless your password becomes compromised. Keep the following in mind:

  • If you change your password before April 8, you will receive a 180-day reminder email and will be required to change your password again. After that password change, you will not need to change your password again unless your password becomes compromised.
  • If you are required to change your password more often because of the job you perform, you will still need to follow those job-specific password guidelines.

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Apr. 10: Advanced NVivo 12 Plus

“Advanced NVivo 12 Plus” is a follow-up presentation from the “Introduction to NVivo 12 Plus” offered earlier this term. This training will be held 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 10, online.



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IT News recap for the week of March 23

During this time of learning, teaching, and working from home, Information Technology Services will continue to provide new or updated information on the technology that is available at K-State to help you during this unusual semester. We realize a lot of information is coming at you all at once, so we have created a summary of the information that was released during the week in case you missed anything. Continue reading “IT News recap for the week of March 23”

Darci Pottroff named Director of Application Services

Darci Pottroff was named Director of Application Services for Information Technology Services on March 23. Throughout her 29 years at K-State, Pottroff has held various roles, some of which include serving on the team that migrated the ERP systems to cloud services. She is an expert on K-State’s human resource management system, HRIS.

Pottroff has 15 years of management experience with K-State, providing a wealth of knowledge about the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems that she will now oversee. In her most recent role as IT Administrator/ Coordinator for the Information Systems Office, Pottroff demonstrated her ability to work with leaders across the university and the state. Continue reading “Darci Pottroff named Director of Application Services”

ImageNow: Keeping our confidential and proprietary data secure

As we continue to learn, teach, and work remotely, we all need to do our part to keep confidential or proprietary data secure by adhering to K-State’s Data Classification and Security Policy. ImageNow users need to follow the remote work guidelines. Continue reading “ImageNow: Keeping our confidential and proprietary data secure”

Canvas: Viewing Course Analytics and Course Access reports

With our new normal of remote teaching and learning, many instructors have questions about how to track learner participation in their courses. Participation can easily be tracked with the built-in Course Analytics Report and Course Access Report in Canvas.

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Who is listening to your conversations through your smart devices?

While we continue to work and learn from home, it’s important to remember that your “private” conversations may not be so private. We’ve been warned about hackers taking control of cameras on your computer screen, that is still a concern, but hackers are also listening to you via your smart devices. The device itself might not be recording your conversation, but a hacker could be.

As people continue to work from remote locations during the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a significant spike in cybercrime. Hackers know you are home, so they are listening. They could be listening through your smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets, smart TVs, Amazon Alexa, and Echo devices. Or even Google Home, Facebook, thermostats, lights, any third-party apps using the microphone feature, AirPods and AirBuds, and most newer cars. The list goes on and on. Continue reading “Who is listening to your conversations through your smart devices?”

Adobe Creative Cloud available to students, faculty and staff

Adobe is making temporary at-home access to the Creative Cloud Suite available until May 31, 2020. View the Knowledge Base article provided by Adobe and adapted for K-State here.

For the majority of students, faculty, and staff, to access the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite from your computer or laptop, sign in here https://creativecloud.adobe.com with your K-State.edu email address.

For those individuals who have an existing named license, they continue to sign in as they have in the past using their @ksu.edu Adobe ID. This process will allow named license users to access their cloud files and saved settings.

Also, through May 31, 2020, Adobe is making web-based PDF tools available for free from Adobe.com.

For additional information about software available to K-Staters and provisions extended due to COVID-19, visit the ITS Software page.

Need help? For self-help, view the IT Knowledge Base articles. Need more help, contact the IT Help Desk 785-532-7722 or your local IT support staff.