MMM Minutes 8/6/98
Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
August 6, 1998
Present: Rich Bennett, Robena Cornwell, Michelle Crump, John Ingram, Barry Hartigan, Erich Kesse, Tom Minton, Carla Summers, Jan Swanbeck, Carol Turner
UF Authentication Effort
- The password signon for public access computers was shutout today. Could have been caused by the password being tried too many times - this will cause a lock-out until the administrator resets it. We may want to remove this detection if lockouts continually occur, but passwords will have to be longer - with more restrictions.
- Network browsing errors are still occurring. Microsoft tech support has been disappointing. We have figured out a walk around to the servers - setting up a shortcut on the desktop for signon seems to work fairly well.
Bill notes that unsecured folders on the server are just that - unsecured. They are not good for storing items that you need to keep. It is a quick way to move items, and that's about it.
- Network overall - hazing incidents on the rise - CIS student caught with a box in the ceiling. He is under investigation by 2 federal agencies as well as local authorities. This incident may be more serious than it is being reported. Overall, hacking jobs have been inside jobs, usually intended to shut down a department - what amounts to computer vandalism.
We have some vulnerability with our MS Exchange server. The pile up of messages in the Outbox may mean we've experienced some hacking here - the symptoms are similar. We have applied the patches that Microsoft suggested, hopefully this will help.
NERDC reported at a recent NTAC meeting that computer attacks are becoming increasingly malicious. UF has become both a target & a launching pad of illegal activity.
- Two or three dedicated fiber loops are going to be put in room 100 & the Reitz Union for walk-up access.
- There will be public walk-ups, with or without authentication.
- The infrastructure is in place, but massive experiments have not yet started.
- Internet 2 will be restricted to research only.
- The plans are proceeding right along.
Accessing Email from Home
- The automatic binding division has been experiencing some hacker-type attacks. Data has been altered, one specific individual seems to be the target.
- Erich encourages logging off of work stations when you leave them for any length of time.
- Accessing email from home with a POP client does not work.
- There is an alternative - accessing through a web browser.
- Point browsers to NT2.uflib.ufl.edu/exchange. The browser will come up & show your mail.
- It doesn't look like Outlook, but allows you to read your email with the browser.
- It asks for your id & password then gives you the screen to read your mail.
- Next week Systems will be upgrading to the 5.5 mail server - should give POP clients & be less susceptible to problems.
- Daniel Cromwell is asking that departments that have PC's replacing dumb terminals & now need the proper barcode scanner to go with the PC to send him a list of what their departmental needs are.
- Resource Services acquired this responsibility quite awhile ago, FCLA no longer purchases them.
- The question arises as to what to order to allow for the use of scanners with Cows: terminal, PS2 or APT adapters.
- Scanner technology becomes obsolete quickly. People using them need to develop more expertise - as the scanners become more varied & specialized - more diverse & diffuse expertise is required.
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