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Explore emerging technologies we are evaluating or implementing.

Pulse Client Installers

If you are not able to download the Pulse client through the Software Download Service at My Pitt (for example, because you have a sponsored account or are employed by UPMC), you may use the links below to download and install the client. 

Network Maintenance to Affect Several Buildings on Jan. 28

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 16:08

 

Network equipment will be upgraded during the standard downtime period on Saturday, January 28 beginning at 11:00 p.m. The work is expected to be completed by 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 29.

Wired and wireless network service will be briefly affected in the following locations:

  • 130 North Bellefield
  • Webster Hall
  • Network traffic (MPLS) to UPMC

 Wired and wireless network service may also be affected in the following buildings:

  • 128 North Craig St. (Park Plaza)
  • Allegheny Observatory
  • Barco Law Building
  • Biotech Center
  • Bouquet Gardens
  • Bridgeside Point (Cellomics)
  • Bridgeside Point II
  • Duratz Athletics Complex (Southside Athletics)
  • Forbes Tower
  • Frick Fine Arts Building
  • Hillman Cancer Center
  • Hillman Library
  • McGowan Institute
  • Mechanicsburg
  • Mervis Hall
  • Parkvale Building
  • Plum Borough Research Center
  • Posvar Hall
  • Sennott Square

This maintenance is necessary to ensure the continued reliability and stability of the network. Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions about this announcement.

Phishing Alert: Outlook Mailbox Expiration Scam

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 14:26

 

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims the recipient's Outlook mailbox will expire unless they reply with their username and password to validate it.

The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email. If you receive this message (or any message similar to it), please report it as a phishing scam by forwarding the email message as an attachment to phish@pitt.edu. Detailed instructions on reporting scams are available at http://technology.pitt.edu/phishingscams.

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Subject: <None>

Your Outlook Mailbox password will expire soon. you are to send your USERNAME and PASSWORD to our staff helpdesk email at <email address removed> for immediate Validation. You may not be able to send or receive emails if you fail to do this. This message is from Technical Support.

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CSSD strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. Avoid clicking on links contained in such emails, as these may lead to sites that contain harmful software. If a link looks suspicious, you can hover over the link with your mouse to preview the URL without clicking on it.

In addition, CSSD recommends that all users install Symantec Endpoint Protection software and use the LiveUpdate feature to get the latest virus definitions. As a complement to Symantec Endpoint Protection, CSSD offers Malwarebytes Premium for individuals and departments at no cost. Students, faculty, and staff can download Malwarebytes and Symantec Endpoint Protection at no cost through the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Departments can submit a help request to obtain Malwarebytes for multiple machines.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.

Network Maintenance to Affect Several Buildings on Feb. 4

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 10:40

 

Network equipment will be upgraded during the standard downtime period on Saturday, February 4 beginning at 11:00 p.m. The work is expected to be completed by 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 5.

Wired and wireless network service will be briefly affected in the following locations:

  • Barco Law Building
  • Network traffic (MPLS) to UPMC from Sterling Plaza, Baum Blvd., and Schenley

Wired and wireless network service may also be affected in the following buildings:

  • Alumni Hall
  • Amos Hall
  • Bakery Square
  • Bellefield Hall
  • Brackenridge Hall
  • Bruce Hall
  • Clapp Hall
  • Craig Hall
  • Crawford Hall
  • David Lawrence Hall
  • Forbes Craig Apt.
  • Holland Hall
  • Information Sciences Building
  • Langley Hall
  • Lexington Tech Park – Building #1 (North Lexington Ave.)
  • Life Sciences Annex
  • Litchfield Towers
  • McCormick Hall
  • Melwood Ave.
  • Music Building
  • Ruskin Hall
  • Sterling Plaza
  • Steven Foster Memorial
  • The Offices at Baum (Baum Boulevard)
  • Thomas St.
  • University Child Development Center (Clyde Street)
  • William Pitt Union

This maintenance is necessary to ensure the continued reliability and stability of the network. Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions about this announcement

Phishing Alert: New Email Scam Mimics Pitt Passport Login

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 10:19

 

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims to be an important message from Pitt faculty and staff. The link directs readers to a harmful site that mimics the Pitt Passport login page and attempts to collect their username and password. The email scam appears to originate from a University email address.

The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email. If you receive this message (or any message similar to it), please report it as a phishing scam by forwarding the email message as an attachment to phish@pitt.edu. Detailed instructions on reporting scams are available at http://technology.pitt.edu/phishingscams.

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Subject: Important Message from Pitt Faculty/Staff

Dear Employee:

You have new important message from Faculty/Staff.

Click here <link removed> to read

Thank You

Information Technology Services(ITS)

University of Pittsburgh

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTE: The information transmitted, including attachments, is intended only for the person(s) or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and destroy any copies of this information.

Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.

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The link in the phishing email directs readers to a malicious Web page (shown below) that mimics the Pitt Passport login page. Remember that the real Pitt Passport login page always begins with https://passport.pitt.edu in the address bar.

Fake Pitt Passport page

CSSD strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. Avoid clicking on links contained in such emails, as these may lead to sites that contain harmful software. If a link looks suspicious, you can hover over the link with your mouse to preview the URL without clicking on it.

In addition, CSSD recommends that all users install Symantec Endpoint Protection software and use the LiveUpdate feature to get the latest virus definitions. As a complement to Symantec Endpoint Protection, CSSD offers Malwarebytes Premium for individuals and departments at no cost. Students, faculty, and staff can download Malwarebytes and Symantec Endpoint Protection at no cost through the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Departments can submit a help request to obtain Malwarebytes for multiple machines.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.

Explore and Visualize University Data with Tableau

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 15:49

 

The University of Pittsburgh has large quantities of operational data. The challenge is to find ways to make use of that data to support decision making, find insight, and measure key indicators.

To support these efforts, Computing Services and Systems Development now provides Tableau software to University of Pittsburgh staff. Tableau places an emphasis on visual analytics, allowing you to move quickly from question to insight.   

Data analysts who use the University Data Warehouse can request a license for Tableau Desktop via the Technology Help Desk.

You can use Tableau Desktop authoring software to create dashboards, workbooks, and analyses using data from the University Data Warehouse, local databases, spreadsheets, text files, and more. An easy-to-use interface enables you to quickly understand a dataset using filters, calculations, sets, and a range of data visualizations to discover insights.

This work can then be shared with University faculty and staff via the Tableau server available at https://analytics.pitt.edu. All Pitt faculty and staff members have access to the Tableau Server, though they will only be able to see dashboards and data for which they have permission.\

Learn more