Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

Multiple news outlets have published details on two computer vulnerabilities named MELTDOWN and SPECTRE that affect most every laptop, desktop, and smartphone. These two vulnerabilities could be exploited to steal data which is processed on your computer, which could include passwords, photos, emails and even sensitive business-critical documents. We are currently in the process of updating Colby owned resources and...

Support Center Winter Break Hours

The ITS Support Center will have special hours for Winter Break.  Tuesday December 19 through Thursday December 21 the Support Center will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vote for the Best Cookie Ever – Results

Thank you to those that were able to participate in the “Vote for the Best Cookie Ever” event! We were able to raise over $150 that will go directly to granting wishes for Make-A-Wish children. The top three cookies were the minion ghost, the three-eyed pumpkin, and the fancy pearl pumpkin! Thank you again for...

A Warning About IRS Tax Fraud

Tax season is upon us, and unfortunately it brings with it those pesky IRS scams that seem to make their way to our inboxes during this time of year.  Don’t be a victim! The quick take away is that the IRS will NEVER request information via email. Here are a few attack variations of fraudulent...

Regional Internet Problems – October 21

Regional Internet DNS Outages Reported Friday October 21 Update 6:30 PM : Dyn has reported the issue resolved again.  All affected sites appear to be back to normal. Update 2:00 PM : The attack on Dyn DNS infrastructure is continuing.  This is impacting the ability to resolve many Internet sites as well as some Internet...

Crash Plan Pro Backup Client Update

On October 12th ITS will begin rolling out the new CrashPlan Pro client.  This is the client that backs up your computer on a regular basis.  You won’t be required to do anything for the update as it will run in the background and will not require a reboot of your system. There will be a few...

Essential Information About Data Security and Privacy Protection

Ray Phillips, Dir. of Information Technology Services   The major operational framework for IT at Colby, not only acceptable use by members of the community but also for the manner in which ITS manages the technology environment, is stated in the Colby College Code of Ethics for Information Technology.  It is essential that members of...

Wireless Network Expansion Nearly Completed

ITS is nearly finished with the latest additions to the wireless network – about 65 new access points have been installed across the campus to improve coverage and capacity. As of late March, the Hillside residence complex is the only building waiting on the installation of new cabling runs to support new wireless access points. ...

More Wireless Access Points Coming in January

  Beginning in late January 2016, ITS will be adding 135 new wireless access points in various buildings throughout campus in a continuing effort to increase performance and address coverage gaps in the network.  This will bring the total number of access points to nearly 700 individual units delivering service to thousands of wireless devices...

2015 Network Core Upgrade Nearing Completion

Colby’s core network hardware upgrades have been underway since June 2015, bringing a 40Gbps backbone and faster switching to the center of Colby’s data network.  The fiber connections for various buildings were migrated during July and August and all that remains is the campus data center environment.  The final migration is expected to be completed...