Unit Updates, May 2018

Welcome to the UNIT Updates webpage where UNIT will display monthly updates on services and solutions, projects, new UNIT initiatives and relevant UNIT information for the Villanova Community.  Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues. 


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University Website Redesign

University Communications and Marketing and UNIT completed phase 1 of the Website Redesign project on 5/2/18.  This phase included a new design template for the University homepage, updates to all 6 college homepages, new pages for the Office of the President, Alumni, Academic Enterprise, and features a Villanova created Academic Program Explorer.  For information about the project please visit: http://www.villanova.edu/university/faq.html


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VUGuest Wireless Enhancements

The University’s investment in its wireless environment now demands the robust security of its wired network. Over the spring, to support the broader range of user and device access, UNIT provided an additional layer of security for Villanova’s wireless infrastructure.

The deployment of Aruba ClearPass Wireless Access Management technology (ClearPass) now allows for secure automated “onboarding” of guest, BYOD and mobile devices, including Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android devices.

The benefit of ClearPass is that University employees, visitors, contractors, and guest wireless devices will authenticate to and access University wireless services in a more efficient and secure “policy-based” fashion. In addition, ClearPass provides more efficient and effective technology for wireless access troubleshooting, ability to deploy AP real-time patches and updates, and better tools for visibility into wireless performance monitoring and traffic analysis - all in support of UNIT’s commitment to providing robust and secure wireless coverage and capacity!

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Biometric Door Reader--TSB

Forget your Wildcard… literally!  Coming soon, you will be able to use your finger to gain access to the interior glass door of TSB by using biometrics.  So how does this work… your fingerprint is captured and a template of those points are created then enrolled in the Wildcard system and is used to grant access to the reader.  Your actual fingerprint is NOT stored and the fingerprint template can NEVER be reverse engineered to create a fingerprint.

Wildcard and Mobile App will still be options for TSB door access.

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Engineering Students Senior Project

University Communications and Marketing reached out to UNIT's Multimedia Technologies to produce a video highlighting a project by Engineering seniors who created a design system that detects a player's brain waves and assesses their focus level while playing Mario Kart. More information about the project as well as the video can be found  at HERE.  

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Classroom Technologies Upgrades

The Charles Widger School of Law Faculty Center received a comprehensive A/V upgrade. After reviewing the space usage and needs with faculty and staff, UNIT designed a new A/V system that supports the variety of activities and meetings that occur in the space. The space now features a new HD projector, switcher, wired and wireless AV, video/audio teleconferencing capabilities and Lecture Capture. The space can be recorded to a dedicated Mediasite by HD cameras mounted in the front and rear of the room. Audio and Video Conferencing is enhanced with a premium array microphone that captures audio via a revolutionary technology utilizing up to eight beams to capture participant audio from overhead.

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IT Security: Stop that Phish

Phishing is a type of attack that uses email or a messaging service to fool you into taking an action you should not take, such as clicking on a malicious link, sharing your password, or opening an infected email attachment. Attackers work hard to make these messages convincing. They can make them look like they came from someone or something you know, such as a friend or a trusted company. Fortunately, there are clues that a message is an attack. Here are the most common ones:

  • A tremendous sense of urgency that demands “immediate action” before something bad happens, like threatening to close an account or jail time.
  • Pressuring you to bypass or ignore your policies or procedures at work.
  • A strong sense of curiosity or something that is too good to be true.
  • A generic salutation like “Dear Customer.” 
  • Requesting highly sensitive information, credit card number or password
  • The message says it comes from an official organization, but has poor grammar or spelling or uses a personal email address like @gmail.com. 
  • You receive a message from someone you know, but the tone or wording just does not sound like him or her. If you are suspicious, call the sender to verify they sent it. It is easy for a cyber attacker to create a message that appears to be from a friend or coworker.

Common sense is your best defense. If an email or message seems odd, suspicious, or too good to be true, it may be a phishing attack.

For more information on Phishing Awareness, visit: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/unit/security/PhishingAwareness.html

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