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Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

Beware of gift card email scams

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Posted: Jan 30, 2019

Category: General Interest , Tips and Tricks , IT Security


An email scam has recently been targeting UNB, appearing to come from a trustworthy UNB source such as a fellow faculty or staff member asking you to “do them a favour” and purchase gift cards on the university’s behalf. The email claims you’ll be reimbursed by UNB for the purchase. Don’t get caught up in a gift card scam. If you receive an email like this: Ask...

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New Collection #1 Data Breach - is your information at risk?

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Posted: Jan 23, 2019

Category: IT Security , Tips and Tricks , General Interest , IT Security Alerts , Design Desk


Earlier this month, a large collection of credential stuffing lists (combinations of email addresses and passwords used to hijack accounts on other services) was discovered being distributed on a popular hacking forum. The data contained almost 2.7 billion records including 773 million unique email addresses alongside passwords those addresses had used on other breached services. This aggregate...

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By the Numbers: a Collection of ITS Statistics - 3.0

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Posted: Dec 4, 2018

Category: Management Briefings , General Interest


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Recycle your old personal electronics in a UNBF e-waste bin

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Posted: Dec 4, 2018

Category: General Interest , News , Tips and Tricks


Do you have old or broken electronic devices at home that you’re not sure what to do with? UNB has three e-waste recycling bins on the Fredericton campus to make it easy for you to dispose of small, unwanted personal electronic items, from batteries and inkjet cartridges to cell phones and digital cameras. Help make UNBF and our community a little greener by bringing your e-waste to one...

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ITS Management Briefing - UNB cybersecurity progress report

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Posted: Oct 26, 2018

Category: General Interest , IT Security , Management Briefings


A year ago, the President’s Executive Team (PET) approved UNB’s Cybersecurity Program, a document describing a new standards-based approach to managing cybersecurity and a set of initiatives designed to vastly improve the university community’s awareness of cybersecurity threats and ability to deal with them. This report outlines the current status of those...

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ITS Management Briefing - ECN economic impact update 2018

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Posted: Aug 7, 2018

Category: Management Briefings , General Interest


The NB/PEI Educational Computer Network (ECN) reduced IT costs for members—and thus funders including the provinces—an annual average of $1.3M over the past five years—a 100% return on investment. In the last two years, the yearly savings have been even more‐‐$1.5M. Through economies of scale, and with expertise contributed by all, NB/PEI ECN members pay less for...

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Tips to keep your data and devices safe during international travels

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Posted: Jul 13, 2018

Category: IT Security , Tips and Tricks , General Interest


Planning a trip outside of Canada? Before you go, familiarize yourself with these best practices for keeping your devices and data safe during your travels. 1. Avoid traveling with sensitive information on your devices. If you must travel with sensitive data, save your files to the cloud (using your UNB Office 365 email or OneDrive) rather than directly on your device. 2. Temporarily remove any...

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ITS Management Briefing - How to take (back) control of your Inbox: getting to zero in 5 simple steps

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Posted: Jul 6, 2018

Category: Management Briefings , General Interest


I recently let it be known within my circle of colleagues that I had achieved what few others in similar positions have done: I’ve tamed my email Inbox! The snorts of doubt and looks of suspicion this is usually met with prompt me to explain that no, I am not delusional, I have actually, permanently, taken back control of the time-and-energy drain that email has become for many of us. You...

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ITS Management Briefing - Project FOCUS Update

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Posted: May 30, 2018

Category: Management Briefings , General Interest


In fulfilling its mission to create the premier university environment for our students, faculty and staff in which to learn, work and live, UNB expends considerable energy and resources ensuring the community has the data it needs to operate effectively. For instance, faculty need access to current and accurate student and other information to conduct classes and research. Administrators need...

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Briefing - Wireless renewal 2018

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Posted: May 17, 2018

Category: General Interest , News , Management Briefings


I am pleased and excited to announce that the entire wireless network across UNB is being replaced over the summer and early fall. ITS has selected Extreme Networks as our wireless vendor, and we are working closely with them and Bell Aliant (our reseller partner) to design and install the new system. Wireless networking, or Wi-Fi, has become as essential to our daily lives as electricity and...

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