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Oct. 31: Student cyber security awareness poster and video contest deadline

Win prizes, gain experience, earn recognition!

Tuesday, Oct. 31 is the deadline for submitting entries into the video and poster contest. Prizes will be awarded for first ($200) and two honorable mentions ($25) in both video and poster categories for a total of six prizes in the form of Visa gift cards. Entries may be featured on K-State’s websites, social media, and in security awareness campaigns.

See the contest website for rules and submission details. If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (heldesk@k-state.edu).

Winners will be notified by Nov. 14.


Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and each week has a key security theme and related tips. K-State has activities planned throughout the month, in addition to national online events. 

This week’s NCSAM theme is The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity. “A highly skilled and motivated cybersecurity workforce is just as critical to the internet’s future as new and emerging technologies,” said Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. “A career protecting the internet ‒ a global resource we all share ‒ can be extremely rewarding, matched with interests in a specific sector like finance, health or government and highly portable, as industries around the globe need competent help.” If you haven’t thought about a cybersecurity career, here are some things to consider.

NSCAM Twitter chats: Use #ChatSTC to join!

  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 2-3 p.m. — The Internet Wants You – Consider a Career in Cybersecurity
    A key risk to our economy and security is the shortage of cybersecurity professionals to protect our extensive networks. Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is all about growing the next generation of a skilled cyber workforce. In this NCSAM Twitter chat, we’ll discuss the many exciting and rewarding opportunities in the field of cybersecurity and provide tips and resources for both new and seasoned professionals looking to gain cybersecurity expertise. Use #ChatSTC to join STOP.THINK.CONNECT Twitter Chats throughout October!



Hard Drive Recycling Day is Tuesday, Oct. 31

by Dean Vellenga

Hard Drive Recycling Day is scheduled 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, on the Manhattan campus to help departments properly dispose of old hard drives from university computers, printers, scanners and faxes.

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Departments can recycle old hard drives free of charge on Oct. 31

Departments should determine which records that are stored on the hard drives can be destroyed. Refer to the university’s Records Retention Policy and schedule, PPM Chapter 3090.  Contact the University Records Manager, Ryan Leimkuehler (785-532-5013, rleimkue@k-state.edu) if you have any questions about the retention length of records.  Continue reading “Hard Drive Recycling Day is Tuesday, Oct. 31”

K-State Online Classic moves offline Dec. 15


After K-State Online Classic was retired on Jan. 1, instructors could submit a request form to retrieve their course content within a few days.  That will change on Dec. 15, when all data in K-State Online Classic is permanently moved offline. Instead of a few days, it may take several weeks to retrieve any data.

Instructors, now is the time to archive any Classic content you want to keep.  Submit a request form now if you need to access and archive your old data.

Class rosters and final grades do not need to be archived from Classic because they reside permanently as records in the KSIS student information system.

If you have questions regarding the K-State Online Classic retirement, contact the IT Help Desk, phone 785-532-7722 (toll-free 800-865-6143) or email helpdesk@k-state.edu.

Information Technology Services addressing the wifi vulnerability

Information Technology Services is addressing the vulnerability, referred to as KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attack). The vulnerability affects WiFi connectivity using the WPA2 encryption method. The hacker could use this vulnerability on an open, unencrypted network to retrieve confidential information including credit card information, social security numbers, bank account information, etc.

The K-State current Aruba infrastructure already has the protection in place for all of the vulnerabilities except for 802.11R, which is not enabled on our controllers at this time.

While protections are in place, K-Staters need to ensure that their devices (smartphones, laptops, etc.) have all the current patches and update as patches become available. This vulnerability also underscores the need for K-Staters to use the authenticated networks on campus including KSU Wireless, KSU Housing and Eduroam.  When connecting from outside our network, K-Staters need to use the virtual private network (VPN).

The open KSU Guest wireless is unencrypted and should be avoided. The same is true when using open wireless networks at local restaurants, fast food operations, hotels, when shopping etc.

For assistance, contact the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722.

Week 3 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and each week has a key security theme and related tips. K-State has activities planned throughout the month, in addition to national online events. 

This third week, the theme is “Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet“. The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand as more of our “things”—in our homes, our cars, and our pockets or purses—include chips, tags, or sensors that are ready to connect to the digital world. There’s no denying that new devices are fun, but while there are more opportunities to interact with people, share information, and stay connected, we also need to be aware of the risks these things may introduce.

NSCAM Twitter chats: Use #ChatSTC to join!

  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 2-3 p.m. — Cybersecurity in the Workplace Is Everyone’s Business
    Whatever your place of business, creating a culture of cybersecurity is an essential shared responsibility among leadership and all employees. Every organization needs a plan for employee education, training and awareness that emphasizes risk management, resistance and resilience. This Twitter chat will showcase how all businesses can protect themselves, their employees and their customers against the most common cyber threats and strengthen their cyber resilience. Use #ChatSTC to join STOP.THINK.CONNECT Twitter Chats throughout October!



Grad students and faculty: Final ETDR walk-in seminar Oct. 18

Graduate students who missed the September walk-in seminar on Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) may want to attend the October session 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in 407 Hale Library. This is a come-and-go seminar, so students can stay for more tips and timesavers, or get their answers and leave.

ETDR walk-in help sessions provide faster thesis/dissertation help on formatting, Microsoft Word, LaTeX, and ETDR questions.  About 30 Windows computers are available in Hale 407.  Attendees can bring their laptops if they need specific help.

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MATLAB seminar Oct. 24 open to all K-Staters

by Information Technology Services

Representatives from MathWorks will host a MATLAB seminar 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in 1109 Engineering Hall, which is adjacent to Durland Hall (see building locator map).  This event is free to all K-State faculty, staff, and students.  Registration is requested although walk-ins are welcome.

MATLAB is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numerical computation. Using MATLAB, you can solve technical computing problems faster than with traditional programming languages, such as C, C++, and FORTRAN.

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K-State Online October updates

by Information Technology ServicesK-State Online Info graphic

Updates to Canvas were released on Oct. 7. Canvas operates on a monthly release cycle, with features added or updated every three weeks.

To see all the new features and fixed bugs, view the complete October Release Notes. In addition to the Canvas release, Information Technology Services releases updates to services and integrations with K-State Online through the month as necessary. Continue reading “K-State Online October updates”