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Aimee Ellett receives Kevin Taylor Memorial Service Award

L-R: Chief Technology Officer Jim Livingston, Special Assistant to the CIO Aimee Ellett, and Chief Information Officer Steve Hess pose at 102 Tower with an oversized

The 2023-24 Kevin Taylor Memorial Service Award was presented to Aimee Ellett, special assistant to Chief Information Officer Steve Hess, during the UIT All-Hands Meeting held online on September 19. Ellett received a plaque and a symbolic oversized check denoting a $500 honorarium.

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President Randall approves revised information security policy

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The changes comply with the recently updated USHE Board Policy R345: Information Technology Resource Security and strengthen the university’s information security policy to address the present and increasing risks of cybersecurity incidents.

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PMO Corner: Major Avaya voice system upgrade nears completion

Syndi Haywood, associate director for UIT Voice Services and Business Administration

A significant system upgrade for Avaya, the U’s central telephone solution, is on track for completion in early December 2023. The upgrade from Avaya Communication Manager version 8.1 to version 10.1 will impact approximately 15,675 hard phones and softphones.

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Artificial intelligence use guidelines from an IT leadership perspective

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Artificial intelligence (AI) tools must be used with caution to avoid known pitfalls, such as bias, privacy violations, copyright infringement, and inaccuracy. These guidelines are intended to support institutional standards for privacy, safety, ethical practices, and data security.

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ITS-UIT golf tournament decided by a tiebreaker

Scene from the 14th annual ITS-UIT golf tournament.

The winner of the 14th annual ITS-UIT golf tournament was decided by a tiebreaker. A UIT team ended up tying an ITS team but edged out the runner-up by posting the best scores on the lowest handicap holes.

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Internal IT auditors: We're advocates, not adversaries

Hollie Andrus, chief audit executive (CAE) for the U’s Internal Audit department. Image courtesy of the University of Utah.

Chief Audit Officer Hollie Andrus’ Internal Audit team, which includes an IT audit division, is broadly responsible for independent and collaborative risk assessments and helping colleges, departments, and organizations better align with the university’s strategic goals and core values.

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Shields up! Protect yourself online with these simple steps.

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October, designated as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, is a good time to review the basics of cybersecurity — easy and common-sense ways to protect your data and devices from threat actors and cybercriminals.

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IT governance roundup

IT Governance

The Strategic Information Technology Committee met on September 12, the IT Architecture and New Technology Committee met on September 25, and the Teaching and Learning Portfolio met on September 19. The Enterprise Web Advisory Committee did not meet in September but will reconvene on October 5.

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Last Updated: 4/11/22