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Bahar Hashemi and Brent Black standing outside of the IT Solution Center holding award
Mar 30, 2022

ITS employee Bahar Hashemi named Student Employee of the Year

Solution center employee recognized for high performance

Bahar Hashemi, a senior employed by Information Technology Services, has been named the 2021-22 Iowa State University Student Employee of the Year.

Nov 04, 2021

Fend off ransomware with cybersecurity common sense

With numerous high-profile cases making recent headlines, ransomware may seem like a new phenomenon. That's only half right. The threats criminals are making are relatively new, but the methods they're using to breach computers are old standbys, the head of ISU's cybersecurity team told the Professional and Scientific Council at its Nov. 3 meeting.

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Sep 07, 2021

Constant joins Technology Association of Iowa Board of Directors

New role gives Iowa State CIO opportunity to network with technology leaders state-wide 

Kristen Constant has been appointed to the Technology Association of Iowa board of directors, a group of Iowa’s most innovative technology leaders who support the industry and aim to advance Iowa’s reputation as a technology state.

Wi-Fi symbol with text IASTATE Guest
Jul 21, 2021

Campus Guest Wi-Fi Network Provides Easier Access

Visitors to the Iowa State University campus will benefit from updates to the guest Wi-Fi network. The new system is similar to the “coffee shop” model where guests agree to network requirements and then have access for a limited time. Installation is projected to be completed by August 14. 

The home screen of the ISU Portal featuring the HR, Finance and IT Portal quick links.
Feb 10, 2021

New “ISU Service Portal” becomes a self-help home base

With the launch of the IT Portal and others in 2020, a new, all-encompassing “Iowa State University Service Portal” managed through the ServiceNow platform will serve as customers’ home base and a means to navigate between the other portals (IT, HR, Finance and Planning) available. Students, faculty and staff can access the Iowa State University Service Portal through the new “ISU Service Portal” tile that has been automatically added to their Okta dashboards.

The ServiceNow platform

Iowa State University residence hall building with tree in foreground and blue sky in background
Jan 29, 2021

Residence hall Wi-Fi re-wire project aims to improve connectivity

As ITS continuously strives to improve connectivity across campus, a residence hall re-wire project is underway to provide students living in residence halls with faster and more secure internet connections at a time when they rely on it most.

Dec 23, 2020

An Okta dashboard for 'Santa'

This year, Information Technology Services (ITS) endeavored to help 'good St. Nick' set up his Okta dashboard as a means to efficiently manage his holiday operations.

Okta serves as Iowa State University’s single sign-on solution; when users log in to Okta, a dashboard displays their personalized collection of software applications. Okta first rolled out to campus customers in 2018 as part of the WorkCyte initiative to modernize business processes and technology, and university employees adopted Okta’s multifactor authentication login shortly after.

Red background with gold and white letters spelling Cybox
Dec 03, 2020

New CyBox contract ends era of “unlimited” storage

A change in the contract between cloud storage service provider, Box (known to Cyclones as CyBox) means the days of unlimited digital file storage are coming to an end. Starting June 30, 2021, any additional storage over 1.2 petabytes (PB) will incur an additional cost of $130/terabyte/year. Today, Iowa State University stores approximately 1.8 PB of data on CyBox. 

Dec 02, 2020

ServiceNow a popular tool among departments, making self-service easy

Information Technology Services is helping lead the way as service “portals” managed through the ServiceNow platform are growing in popularity across campus, allowing users to more confidently locate helpful information for self-service and submit service requests. 

Dec 01, 2020

Student multifactor authentication campaign achieves 100% activation rate

Information Technology Services (ITS), in partnership with communications colleagues across campus, successfully delivered a robust communications campaign throughout October, encouraging student Cyclones to activate multifactor authentication (MFA). As of November 13, all Iowa State students had been activated.

Nov 24, 2020

Six Iowa State researchers named AAAS Fellows for advancing science

Spencer Braly working on the graduation video
Nov 20, 2020

ITS helps bring the pomp and circumstance to virtual graduation

Iowa State University’s fall 2020 graduation ceremony, while still marking a monumental achievement for nearly 2,600 student Cyclones, will be held virtually on Saturday, November 28 at 10 a.m. Graduates and celebrants are invited to attend the live-streamed virtual ceremony via the university’s virtual graduation website.

Screenshot of new ITS website homepage
Apr 20, 2020

ITS Launches Redesigned Website and IT Portal

After months of work by the Information Technology Services web development and strategic communications teams, a redesigned Information Technology Services website aiming to enhance users’ online experience with department services and products successfully launched Monday, April 20.

Students using accessibility tools in the Digital Accessibility Lab
Dec 04, 2019

Digital Accessibility Lab Opens in Durham Center

On November 6, Iowa State University celebrated the grand opening of the Digital Accessibility Lab in Durham Center 108 with a dedication ceremony and open house organized by Information Technology Services (ITS) Digital Accessibility Coordinator, Cyndi Wiley. With the lab, students, faculty and staff have access to a suite of hardware and software designed to offer an accessible learning environment.

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Sep 19, 2019

ITS to Save $700,000 Through New Licensing Agreement

Iowa State University Information Technology Services (ITS) will save nearly $700,000 in operational costs over the next five years by switching to a new licensing agreement with multinational technology company Cisco Systems. 

A Northern Cardinal bird sitting on a tree branch
Sep 09, 2019

ITS and Iowa State Library Build Nest for Ornithological Records

The Avian Archives of Iowa Online (avIAn), a web portal with more than 10,000 ornithological records, celebrated its launch this summer following the collaborative efforts of the Iowa State University Library and Information Technology Services (ITS). 

Employee on a scissor lift installing new access points at Jack Trice Stadium
Aug 26, 2019

Jack Trice Stadium, Hilton Coliseum Receive Wireless Access Point Upgrades

Cyclone fans can look forward to easier entry into Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum this fall through the joint efforts of Information Technology Services (ITS), Iowa State University Athletics, and Ticketmaster to upgrade the wireless access points used for event ticket scanning.

Jack Trice Stadium with text "15,000 Cyclones are already protecting their data. This is the only peer pressure we endorse. Activate multifactor authentication today at login.iastate.edu."
Aug 14, 2019

ITS Begins Multifactor Authentication Rollout for Students

Iowa State University Information Technology Services (ITS) has entered the second phase of multifactor authentication (MFA) implementation and will begin enrolling students this fall, with a target of having all students registered by the end of spring semester 2020.

Jul 09, 2019

LinkedIn Learning to Replace Lynda.com as Online Learning Platform

At the end of July, Iowa State University will migrate its existing online learning resources from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning, as part of a necessary transition due to the discontinuation of the former tool.   

LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com, an open online course website, in 2015, and will shut it down at the end of 2019. In preparation for the shutdown, LinkedIn is requiring all Lynda.com subscribers, including Iowa State, to move to the website’s replacement and LinkedIn subsidiary, LinkedIn Learning, this summer. 

Network switches
Jul 05, 2019

Iowa State Networks to Receive Upgrades

Information Technology Services (ITS) has begun work to replace aging network switches in nearly 200 buildings across campus, which will bring faster Ethernet connections to users without increasing current costs of internet access.

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