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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.

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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.

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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.

Cyber Terms
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

Pitt’s Center for Research Computing (CRC) provides researchers with free access to advanced computing hardware and software, along with training and consultation by CRC research faculty.

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.

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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.

August 11, 2021

The fall semester will be here before you know it. Whether you’re a first-year student or coming back for another great year, make move-in less hectic by completing a few key IT tasks before you arrive.

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August 04, 2021

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed an influx of Pitt IT alerts regarding phishing scams.

July 21, 2021

Researchers in the University of Pittsburgh’s Biomedical Informatics department needed to grant multiple outside researchers access to sensitive biomedical data that would speed treatment to patients in need. With Pitt IT, they collaborated with Microsoft cloud solution architects to deploy a secure research enclave in record time using Microsoft Azure.

July 13, 2021

In April, the Office of the Provost announced that 2021-22 will be the Year of Data and Society, encouraging the University community to focus on the importance of data science in our daily lives. One project in particular under the Data and Society umbrella has been underway for quite some time.