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December 14, 2021
It’s that time of year again, Panthers. The fall semester is coming to a close, and winter break is on the horizon! Students will be off from Dec. 19–Jan. 9, and the Winter break for faculty and staff has been expanded to encompass Dec. 20 – Jan. 3. While you’re off relaxing and celebrating, make sure you’re your tech, and your data stays secure.
December 07, 2021
While most of us appreciate the added protection offered by multifactor authentication, having to verify multiple times a day is not exactly something most of us look forward to. The good news is that with a little know-how, it doesn’t have to be annoying. Here are Pitt IT’s top 5 tips for making two-factor authentication a breeze.
November 16, 2021
To create a truly vibrant learning, research, and teaching environment, the University needs the full participation, contribution, and engagement of every person in our community. That means everyone must be able to access all our resources and programs, including those that are online.
November 09, 2021
From the moment a person submits an employment or admissions application until the day they leave the University, Pitt collects a wide array of data about the people in our community. This information is necessary to track academic progress, run payroll and benefits, apply financial aid, enable smart IDs, grant system access, and nearly every other facet of daily operations.
November 02, 2021
Gen Z really are the Zoomer generation, given how much time they’ve spent in online classes and events in the last year and a half! This generation is tech savvy, self-motivated, and always connected. While you might not share the habits and preferences of today’s students, it’s important to understand how their digital habits shape the way they interact with you.
October 27, 2021
Passwords – you can’t escape them. Logging into your computer? Enter your password. Checking your email? Enter your password. Online banking? Enter your password. Passwords are such an integral part of online life, it’s easy to forget how important they actually are for protecting your digital footprint. Here are some tips for becoming a password pro.
October 20, 2021
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Pitt Information Technology is observing it by hosting three series of activities—providing students, faculty and staff an opportunity to earn $5 in Panther Funds, not to mention hands-on learning to become a seasoned cybercrime detector. Take some time to participate each day through Halloween.
October 12, 2021
It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month—Pitt IT’s favorite time of year. Techies often focus on the high-tech methods hackers use to crack passwords, bypass firewalls, infect a device, and steal people’s data or money. But the truth is that most cybercriminals don’t hack your system.
October 06, 2021
It’s finally October! While many people are hyped for Halloween and pumpkin spice lattes, the folks in Pitt IT are jazzed for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Despite all the advanced tools, security reviews, secure network design, and constant vigilance of Pitt IT to protect University systems, accounts, and computers, the most crucial security safeguard is … YOU!
September 22, 2021
Pitt researchers use their extensive knowledge, boundless curiosity, and innovative techniques to bring new ideas to life. It takes robust technology tools to help investigators collect, store, and analyze the data; document their processes and results; and share and work with collaborators and lab personnel.
September 15, 2021
September 08, 2021
For the past 18 months, many campus offices have been empty. Hallways were quiet, office doors were locked, and lights stayed dark. But recently, the familiar hum of a new academic year grew louder, with thousands of students moving into the residence halls and in-person activities resuming.
September 01, 2021
A new semester brings many things: new members of the Pitt community, a new schedule, and a new year of working on your device. Unfortunately, it also brings new cybersecurity threats, with hackers hoping to wreak havoc with your online identity. But you can stop them in their tracks. Here are some tips for keeping your information, your devices, and yourself safe and secure.
August 25, 2021
Welcome (back) to campus, Panthers! For all the students who are new to Pitt and all the students who haven’t been on campus in over a year, here’s a Pitt IT 101 crash course on all the computing facilities on campus.
August 18, 2021
It takes a lot of PCs, servers, storage, and systems to support the University’s teaching, learning, and research mission. But it’s hard to think of all that technology as a perk. It’s Pitt IT’s job to think about the computing infrastructure that is the backbone of so much that happens on our five campuses.