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UIT Leadership Spotlight: Chris Stucker, Identity & Access Management

Chris Stucker, associate director for Identity & Access Management

The former Army officer — who loves working among the Information Security Office's powerhouse employees, knocking down obstacles, and stargazing with his wife — says cybersecurity never takes a day off, driving him to learn and improve every day.

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UIT's Vaibhav Narula wins 2020 U Staff Excellence Award

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The Identity & Access Management senior architect — one of 23 recipients for the 2020 Academics and Student Affairs District Staff Excellence Award — is one of only eight University of Utah employees selected to receive the 2020 University Staff Excellence Award and $3,750 honorarium.

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Cyber smart actions help make our world safer, more secure

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If everyone does their part — implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences, or training employees — our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient.

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IAM's Vaibhav Narula wins staff excellence award

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Noted for his tireless efforts to make the university more secure and support an expansion in remote work and online learning, Narula recently received an Academics and Student Affairs District Staff Excellence Award. He is now a nominee for one of eight Presidential Staff Excellence awards.

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To be cybersecure, we must all do our part

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Now more than ever, the internet consumes a huge part of our lives — at work, school, and home. Constantly being connected means, by default, increased risks to your privacy and security every single day. This is especially true in a university setting. That's why it’s increasingly important to learn and implement information security best practices.

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Navigating FERPA and instructional technology

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Although the U has offered instructional technology for a while, an increase in remote learning brought to the forefront concerns about using multiple platforms that may or may not be supported by the university. Governance, Risk & Compliance Associate Director Trevor Long and University Registrar Tim Ebner explain how to navigate the regulations.

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Adobe Flash Player support ends on 12/31. Get ready now.

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After December 31, 2020, Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player — just short of its 20th birthday. While many major browsers will automatically disable Flash Player before then, users still may need to uninstall the software on their operating systems in order to prevent any security vulnerabilities.

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U of U rolling out 2FA for UMail, O365 for campus employees

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Starting September 15, 2020, the University of Utah will roll out the second phase of its security upgrades, which will require all campus faculty, staff, and affiliates to use two-factor authentication (2FA) for UMail and all Microsoft Office 365 applications, including Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.

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uNID password change required for main campus

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Due to a recent security incident, all University of Utah students, faculty, and staff who are not University of Utah Health employees or Epic users will be required to change their uNID passwords by Wednesday, August 5, 2020 — unless you changed your password after Sunday, July 19, 2020.

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Get help with the recent UMail, Office 365 security upgrades

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New and returning members of the U community who are unable to access UMail from your mobile device (smartphone, tablet), desktop computer, or laptop should refer to our online help articles for instructions.

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Last Updated: 4/22/20