Securing the School of Medicine Network
The School of Medicine is committed to providing users with a secure computing environment. Last year OIS implemented two major security initiatives: Network Access Controls (NAC) and Laptop Encryption. This year OIS is in the process of implementing two further security initiatives.
The University is transitioning away from the Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) to Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP). This is the current recommended antivirus/malware application for university-owned computers. The transition must be completed by August 2013, when the Symantec license expires.
To facilitate the transition from to SEP to SCEP the Office of Information Systems (OIS) together with School of Medicine IT staff will be installing the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager agent and the SCEP agent on all Windows machines and Apple computers between March 2013 and June 2013. For more information on this project please visit the SCCM Help Page.
The School of Medicine needs to protect all School of Medicine computers from incoming unwanted internet traffic from both external and internal sources. The School will accomplish this by filtering internet traffic for all School of Medicine devices.
This is a significant undertaking and OIS is in the planning phase for this project. We will post more information about this project as we finalize our implementation strategy.
Ongoing Security Initiatives
The above initiatives are part of a continuous program of security measures to protect the School of Medicine network, devices and the data. For more information about these initiatives please visit the following pages:
Managing Technology More Effectively and Efficiently
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager gives OIS and other IT personnel within in the School of Medicine the ability to manage desktop computers more proactively. IT staff can provide reports that show which computers have out of date software, operating systems, security patches etc. and gives staff that support these devices the ability to update them quickly without having to go to each individual machine.
OIS is working with SOM Communications to redesign the look and feel of the School of Medicine websites. The new design will give users and site owners several benefits:
- A modern and clean design
- Flexible design – site owners and designers will have a great deal more flexibility to customize the layout of their pages
- Adaptable websites – the web pages can be accessed from multiple browsers
- Responsive websites – the website has been optimized for all types of devices, desktop computers, high resolution screens, tablets, and smartphones
For more information on this project please visit the School Of Medicine Web Guide page
OIS is currently in the process of upgrading the audio-visual equipment in three heavily-used rooms, MacNider 321, Bondurant 2020 and Bioinformatics 1131 Theater. The rooms will be unavailable for a period of three weeks while the upgrades take place. If you have classes in those room, OIS will work with you to reschedule your classes during the period of the upgrade. All upgrades will be completed by June 30th 2013.