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Benchmarks monthly computing newsletter now available

The July 2013 issue of Benchmarks Online is now available. Learn more below or from Claudia Lynch.

 Featured articles in Benchmarks Online are: 

  • Campus Computing News:Student E-mail Upgrade Proceeding - Starting July 12, UNT student e-mail accounts (EagleConnect) will be upgraded to provide improved functionality and support for new services that will be available this summer. The department of IT Shared Services (ITSS), University of North Texas System, anticipates that this change will have little immediate impact for most students. This upgrade was originally planned for May 19, but was postponed to the new date by Microsoft.
  • Email Phishing Attacks Continue - Recently, we have received a number of phishing (fishing) attempts targeted at our community. The phishing attempts have been hosted on a provider called A number of these attacks have been successful. As a result, we have had the attacker send tens of thousands of spam messages from our system to other internet addresses. Make sure and read the “Editor’s Note” at the bottom of the article. 
  • Bringing Data to Life with Help from the RAVE - UNT research was on display on June 8 and June 21, first at UNT on the Square, and then at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, as part of their "Social Science" series. UNT's political science exhibitors were Dave Mason, Idean SalehyanJackie DeMeritt and Jesse Hamner of Academic Computing and User Services (ACUS).
  • ITSM Tool Incident Management Implementation Wrapping Up - ITSS staff are down to the final weeks for implementation of the Incident Management phase of the UNT System shared ITSM tool project. Over the last year, a task force with representation from all UNT System institutions selected a product named FrontRange Heat to replace the current Remedy system and other similar products used within the UNT System.
  • Summer Hours - Summer is here and the summer class sessions are progressing.
  • ITSS Quarterly Newsletter - Issue 3 (July 2013) of the ITSS Quarterly Newsletter is now available. It is comprised of IT-related news relevant to anyone who uses or has an interest in shared services and applications throughout the UNT System and its member institutions.
  • Today's Cartoon - Information age humor.
  • By the Numbers - A glimpse behind the scenes of the volumes of data and spam processed, managed and otherwise handled.
  • RSS Matters - Monthly column by the Research and Statistical Support Group in Academic Computing and User Services.This month column gives you some “Multivariate outlier detection with Mahalanobis’ distance.”  
  • The Network Connection - This monthPhilip Baczewski declares “Give me Liberty or Meh!” 
  • Link of the Month - This month’s link is “New Security Training Available for Employees."
  • Helpdesk FYI - This month's article is “Dealing with the EagleConnect Upgrade." 
  • Training - This column keeps you up-to-date on all sorts of training opportunities. SPSS and SAS courses are offered online only. R is also online only. All employees need to take an Information Security course.
  • Staff Activities - New employees, people who are no longer employed by UIT, awards and recognitions and other items of interest featured here.

Posted on: Mon 15 July 2013

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