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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. 

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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. 

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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.

Rich Tener
Jul 01, 2019

Information Technology Services Appoints New Director of Information Security

Rich Tener, an Iowa State University alumnus and long-time IT security practitioner, has been named Information Technology Services’ (ITS) new Director of Information Security. 

In his new role, Tener will be responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the information security arm of ITS, supporting university operations, identifying vulnerabilities, protecting against hacking and phishing attempts, and finding ways to keep the campus community’s information safe in the digital environment. 

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Jun 05, 2019

ITS to Roll Out Webex to Iowa State University Community

When classes pick up again for the fall 2019 semester, Iowa State University faculty, staff, and students will have access to a new online meeting and video conferencing platform.

Cyndi Wiley standing next to the space that will become the new Digital Accessibility Lab
May 09, 2019

CAC Approves Proposal for Assistive Technology Lab

Iowa State University’s Computation Advisory Committee (CAC) recently approved a $24,264 funding request to create a physical space on campus where students with disabilities will have access to assistive technology resources.

The project proposal for an assistive technology lab — spearheaded by university Digital Accessibility Coordinator Cyndi Wiley — was outlined during a CAC meeting on March 28, and requested committee financial support to create a location dedicated to accessibility resources, peer mentoring, and community building for Iowa State students with disabilities.

A university employee participates in an instructor-led Workday training course
May 03, 2019

WorkCyte Program, ITS Partner to Create Workday Training Rooms

Through a joint effort between the Iowa State University WorkCyte Program and Information Technology Services (ITS), two spaces on campus have been turned into dedicated Workday training rooms for faculty and staff in preparation for the project’s July 1 go-live date. 

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Apr 23, 2019

Legacy Systems Retirement Project Concludes With 150 Percent Success Rate

After more than a year of planning and implementation, Project Neptune, an ambitious initiative to retire and replace many of Iowa State University’s legacy systems and decommission their servers, has been completed.

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Apr 08, 2019

Iowa State “Sites” Web Service to Replace Discontinued “Public” Web Service

Iowa State University’s first public website service will shut down at the end of the year, and with the help of a collaborative effort between Information Technology Services (ITS), the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be replaced with a newer, more streamlined web resource.

Systems analyst Insook Wessels with her CYtation Award
Mar 28, 2019

ITS Staff Member Recognized for Contribution to OneApp Project

Insook Wessels, a systems analyst with Information Technology Services (ITS), was honored as one of the recipients of a 2018 Professional and Scientific Team CYtation Award this week for contributions to the development of “OneApp,” a new scholarship portal for Iowa State students.

Graphic with a fingerprint, text bubble and key with the words Activate multifactor authentication
Mar 21, 2019

ITS Multifactor Authentication Rollout for Faculty and Staff a Success

As part of an effort that will help protect university information and personal data from security breaches, Iowa State University Information Technology Services (ITS) recently completed a campaign to enroll faculty and staff into its new Okta Multifactor Authentication (MFA) protocol.

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Mar 05, 2019

Iowa State Community Encouraged to Use CyBox for File Sharing

In order to better protect personal information, Iowa State University account holders are encouraged to move away from sending attachments by email, and instead share files through the university’s preferred platform, CyBox. 

Rack of servers in the data center
Mar 04, 2019

Iowa State Data Center Undergoing Network Redesign

As part of Information Technology Services' (ITS) continued efforts to improve customer service and security, Iowa State University’s Data Center will undergo a network redesign over the next three years. The change will better protect user data and more closely align the Data Center with industry best practices.

The modifications to the existing network will provide a formalized automated process, additional security, and the ability to easily add next generation firewall services.

New wall inside the Durham Data Center
Feb 08, 2019

New Durham Data Center Wall To Reduce Costs, Increase Efficiency

Iowa State University’s Durham Data Center is expecting to see significant operational savings moving forward, following recent construction of a new modular wall designed to better control airflow within the facility.  

Line chart of phishing attacks from 2011 through 2018
Jan 09, 2019

Iowa State Sees Decline in Compromised Accounts Following Okta Rollout

Less than a year after the implementation of identity and access security platform Okta, the Iowa State University community has experienced a nearly 50 percent decrease in the number of staff and student accounts compromised by phishing, following a seven-year high in 2017.  

Audiovisual Experience Team Manager Mike Pedersen working on a Newline 86-inch multi-touch display
Dec 12, 2018

Revamped ITS Team Ready to Connect with Campus

Formerly known as the Learning Spaces Team, Information Technology Services’ newly renamed Audiovisual Experience Team (AVXT) hopes to connect with Iowa State’s campus through engaging technology experiences in classrooms and beyond.

The decision to rebrand the team was made earlier this year as a way to redefine its mission and provide a fresh start moving forward. A fixture on campus in one form or another since at least 1942, the team has undergone multiple name changes as the needs of campus changed and technology became more advanced.

Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering Arun Somani speaking during the dedication ceremony
Dec 04, 2018

Dedication Held For New High Performance Computing Cluster

A new $1.6 million High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster, called NOVA, was celebrated by the Iowa State University community at a dedication ceremony held Nov. 29.

NOVA was installed in the Durham Data Center in October to strengthen and support computing-based research and education on campus. Held in Durham 206, the Nov. 29 ceremony welcomed university researchers and stakeholders to learn more about NOVA, see the new cluster, and hear from university leaders about High Performance Computing at Iowa State.

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