We experienced a partial Blackboard outage on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from approx. 3am to 7:15pm. Not all users were affected during this time.
Cryptolocker has been in the news for a while, but it is still a threat. There are some things you can do to protect your computer and data.
What is Cryptolocker
Cryptolocker is ransom-ware. It infects your computer, encrypts your files, and then prompts you to pay a ransom in order to get the password to unencrypt them. Reports vary as to whether people who pay the ransom ever get access to their data again, but law enforcement recommends against paying it.
You may have already read about users who find their iPhone or iPad locked, with instructions for wiring money to ransom the device. Given the amount of data – both work and personal – that we have on our devices, that is a pretty serious breach of security.
How widespread is it
Although most ransoms have occurred in Australia, there are reports that it has begun to spread to the United States. This is a good time to review your phone security to prevent these types of attacks and loss of your data.
In order to provide easier and consistent access to institutional forms, the institutional forms repository has been recreated.
The new forms repository contains all of the same information as the previous repository. The changes allow forms to be updated easier and updates available immediately.
IT is in the process of converting Infopath files to webforms. During this process, Infopath files will continue to remain available. After each form is converted, there will be a grace period allotted to continue accepting the Infopath form.
Copy Center Request Form - Converted to a webform April 28th, fully active May 12th.
Physical Plant Work Order Request - Currently in process
Physical Plant Key Request - Currently in process
Please be advised that we experienced a campus-wide internet outage this morning for approximately 40 minutes. We also had issues that prevented some students from using Respondus LockDown Browser from the evening of May 5 until this morning. If you have questions related to these issues, contact the Teaching & Learning Commons at 307-367-4810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blackboard reports that the Crocodoc issue has been resolved and all services should be functioning properly. If you have any continued issues, please contact the Teaching & Learning Commons at 304-367-4810 or email@example.com.
Blackboard has reported a widespread issue with the Crocodoc tool. This is the tool that runs the inline grading, so the issue can cause problems in the submission and grading of assignments, blogs and journals. We have a ticket open with Blackboard and will update you when the issue is resolved.
In order to keep the campus community up-to-date on outages and other issues, we will post an update when we experience Blackboard outages.
Please find below the dates and times of recent outages:
- February 9, 2014, we experienced an outage from approximately 7:30 - 8:15pm.
- February 21-25, 2014, we experienced intermittent outages from approximately 1pm on the 21st to 9:30am on the 25th.
There is still funding available for enrollment in the QM Improve Your Online Class (IYOC) online training session. Sessions are two weeks in length and begin on the following dates:
The registration survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/iyoc.
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