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Web Traffic Security change on our web servers

For people who run websites on CAT infrastructure: We are updating the configurations that try to identify and prevent certain network attacks to our web servers. We have been running this new configuration for a few weeks in “passive” mode to fix any obvious false positives. We will now be switching these changes to active [...]

2019-02-18T13:54:29+00:00February 18th, 2019|

Linux Labs now using Kerberos Authentication

On December 27th, 2018, we switched CAT managed Linux workstations in our major computer labs to use an authentication/encryption system called Kerberos when accessing your files. This change is designed to significantly enhance the security of our file servers as they interact with these workstations. While most general users of these systems should not notice [...]

2018-12-28T02:46:28+00:00December 28th, 2018|

Select Departmental Office printers now available via Web Print

Primary departmental office printers are now available through Web Print. Web Print is a web-based interface for submitting files for printing. It can be a useful service for people with Tier 3 computers who are having trouble getting printing setup to MCECS printers (or don’t want to bother). You can learn more about how to [...]

2018-12-19T01:06:53+00:00December 18th, 2018|

What’s new and other info for MCECS computer users – Fall 2018

Watch out for phishing spam The start of Fall term is phishing season. Avoid falling for attackers who want your login details and other personal data https://www.pdx.edu/oit/phishing-attacks Computer Labs Windows labs are now running Windows 10 version 1709. The Classic Shell start menu has been deprecated. Windows lab software list: https://cat.pdx.edu/services/software/windows-labs/ Most Ubuntu Linux-based Labs [...]

2018-10-09T00:54:45+00:00October 9th, 2018|

Tighter scrutiny of externally accessible Tier 3 systems

Externally accessible systems at PSU are those that present services to the open Internet that can be reached without the use of a VPN. There have been some recent lapses in security among externally accessible Tier 3 (self-managed) systems as well as a push by OIT to better secure PSU's network border. This has put [...]

2018-10-09T00:33:23+00:00October 9th, 2018|

Problems with some Tier 3 installs of Microsoft Office

In the past year, we have found many instances of MCECS faculty/staff having problems trying to install the PSU licensed version of the Microsoft Office suite on their new Tier 3 (self managed) computers. The problem seems to stem from the vendor's default Windows load (OEM load) on the computer having a trial or starter [...]

2018-10-24T16:52:13+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Web-based Remote Desktop App (Spark View) now available

We have a web-based Remote Desktop Client available for users who need to remotely access Windows systems in MCECS. This method does not require the use of a VPN and may benefit people who are having problems getting their VPN connection to work. The web client is not as robust as a native RDP app, [...]

2018-10-08T16:31:06+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Downtime and Outage Announcements

Primary notification of upcoming system or network downtimes, outages, or changes are through e-mail. Depending on circumstances, we will give as much advance notice as possible. The mailing lists for faculty/staff are populated by the departments. The distribution scope for MCECS students typically uses your enrollment status in the current or previous term. The DOWNTIMES [...]

2019-01-22T02:46:16+00:00October 3rd, 2018|

Microsoft Office for student/faculty/staff personal computers

OIT has negotiated a licensing program to deliver the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) to all PSU students, faculty, and staff. This is targeted at use on personal devices (laptops and home computers) and is available for both Windows and Mac. Your PSU Odin account is used to download the software through an [...]

2018-09-05T11:14:56+00:00September 5th, 2018|

FEEDBACK NEEDED – Fall 2018 Linux Software on CAT Supported Systems

Our projected Fall 2018 Linux software list is enclosed. The sponsor/contact column represents who we currently know as the licensing contact or primary/major sponsor for the package. If you are an MCECS faculty member who is using using anything from this list in your classes or projects/research, we need your feedback on the following: Which [...]

2018-08-21T16:30:10+00:00August 21st, 2018|