September 2017

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We have been receiving reports of a spam email that poses as an email from our Service Desk. The subject line says, “Warning Warning Warning” and has masked its email address to appear as a UoR address.

This email is not an official email and clicking on the links could potentially harm your computer and compromise the information and documents on it. If you happen to receive this email,  delete it immediately.

The spam email looks like this :

 

(click the image to see a bigger version)

If you believe your computer may be at risk then please contact IT, our staff are always happy to help or answer questions.

IT

The Academic Computing Team have been working over the last year at developing a new, centrally provided computing service for Academics.

The Reading Research Cloud will enable us to automate management processes and make compute, storage and network resources readily available via a Self-Service Portal.

One of the large problems that Academics face is response time for requests. By using the self-service portal academics will be able to consume resources within minutes rather than days. By utilising cloud technologies that remain on site we are able to offer scalability but at reasonable costs.

The service is due to go live in January 2018 and we are currently working with early adopters and beta testers to prepare the service for delivery. If you are interested in becoming an early adopter or beta tester, please contact Ryan Kennedy, Academic Computing Team Manager via r.j.kennedy@reading.ac.uk.

The Academic Computing Team will be releasing more information over the coming months of what to expect when the service goes live.

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Today, and for the rest of the week in the Palmer building, IT will be there to advise you on all the awesome stuff IT gives you.

Matthew Gee, our IT Engagement Officer, will be there to tell you about the services we provide – including 1TB of Cloud storage for FREE.

Here he is yesterday at the academic success fair. Make sure to go up and ask him about what we can do for you.

 

We will also have IT Service Desk staff there to help you with any computer related advice or problems. Look out for them in their black shirts.

We have had multiple reports of a spam email coming into staff mailboxes. The subject line says ‘FINAL VALIDATION NOTICE’ and the main section contains our branding. It looks like this:

This email is not an official email and clicking on the links could potentially harm your computer and compromise the information and documents on it. If you happen to receive this email,  delete it immediately.

If you believe your computer may be at risk then please contact IT, our staff are always happy to help or answer questions.

IT

The University Executive Board (UEB) and Information Security Group have approved 2 new Information Security Policies, available online.

The Information Security Incident Response and Bring Your Own Device Policies exist to ensure that adequate security measures are in place when using personal devices for University business, and that necessary actions are taken in the event of a compromise of University Data. Compromises of data can range from emails being sent to incorrect recipients, lost or misplaced documents or IT equipment, through to malicious hacking of our systems. A means for any staff member to report actual or suspected compromises of University information is now available via the IMPS website.

All staff are required to read the Policies and accompanying procedures for incident reporting.

Contact IMPS for more.

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