Updates from
the Associate Vice President and CIO

October 2018

New ScienceDMZ component expands research computing capabilities: The University’s ScienceDMZ—a network environment that provides high speed connectivity to research computing and storage clusters throughout campus to support the movement of Big Data—recently added new capabilities to provide machine learning resources to campus researchers. This capability, made available to researchers through the Open Science Grid, leverages a Flash Input/Output Network Appliance (FIONA) box. FIONA is an emerging component of ScienceDMZ infrastructure as outlined by the National Research Platform initiative led by a consortium of research institutions and supercomputing centers.


New email protection service enhances UChicago security: Beginning in October, the University enabled a new, improved email protection service for all @uchicago.edu email accounts. The new service has enhanced capabilities to identify and block spam as well as to better protect accounts from phishing attempts and malicious email content. The service provides an online Quarantine, the place where potentially harmful or unwanted emails are held, and delivers Quarantine Email Digests to indicate there are messages in the Quarantine to review. The campus community can easily manage their Safe Senders and Blocked Senders list in the service to ensure they are only receiving the emails that are important to them.


Vulnerability Management Program enhances security abilities for campus department network infrastructure: IT Services’ Vulnerability Management Program, which helps identify and remediate hundreds of thousands of vulnerabilities a year, is now available as a service to UChicago schools and departments. The primary program goal is to assist in the auditing, identification, and remediation of security vulnerabilities – reducing the impact of cyberattacks on the community’s server infrastructure. ITS offers an initial assessment of a University unit’s network infrastructure through review of documents, configurations, network diagrams, and interviews. ITS then provides documentation, reports, and additional consulting as needed after the assessment to serve as a starting point for the unit’s team. Finally, ITS demonstrates a vulnerability management tool, Nexpose, which unit administrators can use to discover and understand how to remediate vulnerabilities before malicious individuals use them to exploit and compromise University systems.


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Updates from the Associate Vice President and CIO – October 2018