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Weekly Tech Update: Your what's what of IT news

Welcome to the twice-weekly newsletter dedicated to everything IT! News, fun, informational content—get your quick digest of tech content and then go about your day.

Check for updates here every Monday and Thursday.

Please continue to seek support if you have issues with Miami-supported technology:

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February 6, Monday

Happy February, Lovebirds! We’re spending the shortest month of the year on the biggest projects for IT Services. Check out a brief overview of what we’re up to here!

Top IT Initiatives in the Spotlight

It’s no secret that IT Services is busy with a lot of projects aimed at improving processes, fulfilling requests from University partners, and fortifying the technological environment at Miami to facilitate learning, instruction, research, and service. This is all part and parcel of being the information technology experts at a university; all projects, big and small, are important pieces of our ongoing strategy to better support Miami’s mission.

Some of those projects deserve a little more time in the spotlight, though. These are projects that take a little more elbow grease, a little more intentional thought, and a lot more involvement from the Miami community.

Read more about our top initiatives we're focusing on this year.

DMARC: New subject line warning on emails

Over the past couple of weeks, you may have received an email to your MiamiOH.edu address with the subject line: “DMARC Failure - Notify Sender.” On Jan. 30, we implemented a new compliance rule in Google that has resulted in this

DMARC is being implemented by IT Services to better protect the MiamiOH.edu domain from unauthorized use by phishers and spoofers thereby protecting Miami’s brand. DMARC verification uses information in email headers to verify a sender's authenticity.

If you have any questions, please check out the IT website for more information.

 

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The Miami compass in winter

Previous Updates

January 23

Welcome back to campus for the Spring 2023 semester! We hope you are settling into your classes (if that applies to you) and feeling positive about the rest of the semester. Here are some weekly news items to pay attention to as we start a successful season at Miami!

Out of the breach: Protect your data in 2023

In the information security world, “data breach” is somewhat of a dirty phrase. It represents something none of us want to happen – yet continues to happen at a distressing rate.

What can regular consumers of the internet do to prevent data breaches? What happens when your credentials are compromised in a breach? Let’s take a look at some key factors and learn more about this not-so-nice phrase. Read our guide here.

Reminder: IT Services Provides a Full Collection of Technology Support Options

IT Services provides systems, software, and support to Miami University. As we embark on a new school year, it’s a good idea to take a deep breath, quiet your nerves about the brand-new semester, and review who to call when you need technology support.

Let’s take a look!

IT Services in the wild!

We spend time at orientation events to give students information about the services and support that we offer. This past week, we attended the Spring 2023 orientation event in the Armstrong Student Center. Thanks to everyone who came out!

January 17

Happy Tuesday, Miami Tech Heads! We hope you had a restful, contemplative Martin Luther King, Jr., Day yesterday and are ready to get back at it today for a short week! We hope you enjoy this Tuesday edition of the weekly newsletter. Let’s see what IT Services is up to this week:

TODAY: Authentication forced in myMiami

At 6 p.m. this evening, myMiami will switch to authentication-only. This means that when you go to myMiami.MiamiOH.edu, you will see the red Miami login page and need to log in before seeing any content.

This change is being done to bring the new portal more in line with the previous version of myMiami, so the change should not be disruptive. Entity accounts and courtesy accounts will still be able to log in to myMiami as usual.

EDR rollout continues

We are continuing to work hard on the rollout of our endpoint detection and response (EDR) tool, Crowdstrike Falcon. By the end of this month, each Miami-owned device will have Crowdstrike installed and running. More information can be found on our website.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day - Miami University

January 9

EDR rollout continues

We are continuing to work hard on the rollout of our endpoint detection and response (EDR) tool, Crowdstrike Falcon. By the end of this month, each Miami-owned device will have Crowdstrike installed and running. More information can be found on our website.

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IT Services honored by President Crawford at One Miami event this weekend

January 5

Happy New Year, fellow Miamians! To staff, faculty, and students returning to campus in early January, welcome back from a hopefully restful break. This year is going to be a good one – and we’re excited about all the things happening on the information technology front in 2023. We’ve got EDR continuing to be rolled out across campus, new technologies making their way to our doorstep, and many more updates coming.

Strap in, folks. We’re heading for great things!

Speaking of great things…

New ERP system on the horizon

Miami University will soon replace its current legacy Banner system with Workday, a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Miami’s Board of Trustees adopted a resolution supporting the switch during its recent December meetings. An ERP system allows an organization to manage its day-to-day operations, including payroll, finance, and student information.

Deployment of the Workday system will begin in July 2024 with the human resource and finance divisions, followed by a phased student implementation in 2026.

More information can be found in our joint announcement.

Update: IAM Program

Remember the IAM Program? A dedicated team of folks from IT is steadily working through proposals sent in response to the RFP we issued in late 2022. The RFP was for a partner to help us implement an IGA tool this year, and the response so far has been quite good. We will have more information to come about IAM and what it means for University offices soon!

Read more about the IAM program and what we've been up to.

New year, new job?

We are looking for someone who loves all things data, loves a challenge and is looking for a dynamic and highly rewarding position at a nationally respected university. Is this you?

Our Ideal candidates, like you, will help Miami University to continue to take big steps forward with our data analytics environment that is unifying multiple successful data-driven business intelligence and data analysis efforts across campus. This is a chance to help guide Miami’s data-driven future. The University Data Modeler position is a highly technical position with responsibility to lead the development, validation, publishing, and maintenance of logical and physical data models. You’ll be an integral part of providing data-driven insights that inform significant University-wide decisions.

Come along!