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Enterprise Systems migrating applications from mainframe to Cloud

By Jacqueline Southwick, Information Technology Services

palouse cloudsPULLMAN, Wash. – For more than three decades, WSU’s IBM mainframe — a highly secure and reliable platform for large-scale online and batch transaction processing — has effectively managed WSU’s business applications. » More …

Safe, respectful workplace critical for productivity, success

PULLMAN, Wash. – Recent headlines tell the story. Instances of workplace violence and bullying are increasing in frequency and intensity in the corporate world, the military, schools, and yes, in universities.

 

I am writing today to reaffirm that any form of workplace violence or bullying runs counter to the core values of Washington State University – civility, respect, safety and security.

 

Read all of this Perspectives column by WSU President Elson S. Floyd at http://president.wsu.edu/blog/perspectives/2013/09/23/safe-respectful-workplace-critical-for-institutional-productivity-success/

Cyber firm goes undercover to invade, protect businesses

Ben Caudill, Rhino Security Labs

Ben Caudill at work.

SEATTLE – Businesses beware: If a stranger wearing an immaculate business suit and engaged in “techie-talk” on his cellphone shows up and says he’s the new IT guy, don’t fall for it. He could be your worst nightmare – a professional cyber-saboteur like recent Washington State University business graduate Benjamin Caudill.

On the outside, Caudill looks like an innocent, young business professional. But in reality, he is a deadly force that could easily penetrate and exploit a firm’s most private files. Fortunately, he’s what the computer … » More …

Specialist to speak on terrorism preparedness

RICHLAND — What should you do if a “dirty bomb” is detonated in your community? How would emergency responders and elected officials react?Steven L. Stein will explain Washington state’s plan in his lecture “Radiation: Terrorism and Public Preparedness” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the East Auditorium at WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public.The hour-long Herbert M. Parker Foundation 2007 Spring Lecture will be followed by a brief reception.Stein is Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s advisor on Northwest Homeland Security. He will talk about the Washington Statewide Homeland Security Strategic Plan, which describes how emergency responders and … » More …

Seven units collaborate to fight growing cybercrime

Cybercrime is getting tougher and more frequent for businesses as well as families. Seven Washington State University units joined forces in late October to collaboratively spearhead a Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Initiative, which could benefit both the university and citizens statewide. (Photo: Rob McKenna, state attorney general) The action was precipitated Oct. 25-26, when more than 100 people attended a Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Conference, sponsored by Washington State University at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley. The conference drew participants from local and federal law enforcement, attorneys, business executives, WSU students and educators, and featured leading experts who provided insights on how cyber criminals … » More …

Fighting identity theft

Identifying and securing confidential and nonpublic data at WSU ratcheted up this month under the direction of a universitywide data security taskforce. The task force, comprised of “data custodians” representing Information Technology Services and the IT Security Office, ensures that WSU complies with recent legislation RCW 42.56.590, as well as other federal and state laws and WSU policies. Following are some items the task force has instituted:Risk assessment A key first step is conducting a risk assessment of the university’s confidential information assets to help departments identify and remediate areas that present high risks. Several departments and colleges are participating in a pilot assessment study … » More …

Regents approve amendment on residence hall access

PULLMAN – The Washington State University Board of Regents approved an emergency amendment to the university’s administrative code Monday, Sept. 25, to clarify the policy on conducting routine security patrols in residence halls.The emergency rule, which will be in effect for no more than 120 days, addresses the university’s policy on guests in the residence halls. It would continue prior practice allowing police and other university personnel to be in common areas of the halls without being escorted by a person who lives on the floor.”What we are being asked to do today is to clarify the policies that we have been operating under for … » More …

New requirements for air and sea travel

The Departments of State and Homeland Security today announced and submitted for public comment the air and sea phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative to secure and expedite travel. This initiative will require all U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and Mexican citizens, to have a passport or other designated secure document to enter or re-enter the United States at airports and seaports by January 8, 2007.The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 mandated that the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, develop and implement a plan to require U.S. citizens … » More …

Terrorist alert triggers airline passenger procedures

Due to the recent terrorist activities, higher travel precautions are currently be taken both nationally and internationally. To help minimize the impact on travelers, the following information has been provided the United States Private and Public Partnership National Governance, https://nwwarn.usp3.org.* The U.S. terrorist threat level has been raised to severe, or red, for all commercial flights flying from the United Kingdom to the United States.* The U.S. terrorist threat level has been raised to high, or orange, for all commercial aviation operating in the United States, including international flights. Flights from the United States to the United Kingdom are also orange.Increased Aviation Screening Procedures:* … » More …

Researchers develop hand-held spectrometer

Prashanta Dutta, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, is trying to thread the eye of a tiny needle. But, instead of the 1,230 microns of an average-sized needle eye, Dutta’s is only 10 microns wide, and the “thread’’ is five microns wide. Dutta and his colleagues recently received a grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the development of a novel biosensor that would identify biological materials more quickly than current methods. The research could have applications for human health, environmental monitoring and homeland security. During the past several years, researchers have sequenced … » More …