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You may have spotted that I missed my last blog in July. The reason was that I spent the first two weeks of the month in Cornwall enjoying a very relaxing holiday and missing much of the rain which, I was told, had fallen on Reading! Read the rest of this entry »

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IT Services have been keenly aware of the feedback we have had from students about the level of wireless coverage in the library and have taken steps to improve this. This feedback has been in the form of Help tickets, national and local survey results and wifi feedback forms and it was clear that there was a serious issue to be resolved.  Read the rest of this entry »

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In light of the regularity of malware incidents, we have another security bulletin about Java and Windows Update.

Our security team have now seen machines on campus and on the readingConnect network running Java version 1.6.0_31 being compromised via a “Scalaxy” exploit kit. It’s only a matter of time before the exploit appears in other, more prevalent kits.

Java needs to be 1.6.0_33 or 1.7.0_5 (released on Patch Tuesday, 12 June) to be safe. IT Services automated script will now also upgrade Java 1.7.0_x if required, should you need this, please contact IT Services.

This month’s Patch Tuesday Microsoft updates included a fix for a Remote Desktop (RDP) exploit that could again be potentially used for a worm. People with RDP enabled on their PCs or Terminal Servers need to be patched as soon as possible.

There were also fixes for Internet Explorer that are being actively exploited. We have seen one attempt to exploit another IE vulnerability that has not been patched yet, but for which exploit code has been published.


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I can hardly believe that another month has passed since my last blog, but I guess that must show that I’m still enjoying myself (to quote the old adage)!

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Important information regarding your University username

If you have completed your course and are leaving this summer, then your IT username/emailaddress will be blocked soon after the end of July 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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On Tuesday 27 March,  ITS completed an overhaul of the Sophos infrastructure to bring us up to the latest protection they have to offer.

The primary reason was to begin deployment of the new version 10 of Sophos for Windows, which adds a level of network protection not possible with version 9. This is in order to protect against emerging threats as we have been advised by Sophos.

Sophos 10 for Windows will be deployed gradually over the coming month with no user action required. The most obvious change that you will see is the icon on the task bar will change from






Summary of changes:

  • Protection is offered at the network driver level rather than only in common web browsers.
  • Sophos can now assess if a PC is missing any Microsoft/Adobe/Java/Apple etc. patches.
  • Servers running Sophos now operate with a “long term support” version (fewer reboots for upgrades).
  • Faster updates with better resource usage (assuming Windows Vista or later).


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One of the best aspects of working in IT is the breadth and variety of the issues we manage, ranging from significant, high-profile projects, to less visible, but important developments which often go unnoticed. Another month has flown past and  February included some good illustrations of this. It’s been a very busy time for IT Services, and  for me personally, with many working groups, steering groups and committees to attend, in addition to my continued round of meeting as many of ITS’ customers as possible. The more I find out about the ways in which IT is supporting the work of different schools and departments, the more fascinating the job becomes! Read the rest of this entry »

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On 3rd January John Leary joined the Department as the new Director of IT Services. Read the rest of this entry »

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IT Services have recently been reviewing campus licences for all our software and specifically where “home use” rights are available. As such we have had to review and update our advice to staff and students. Read the rest of this entry »

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The following changes to site licensed software have taken place over the summer vacation: Read the rest of this entry »

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