May, 2005

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IT Organization Changes Name

The Lab's Information Technologies and Services Division has changed its name to the Information Technology Division, or IT Division. The change was made to better reflect the group's focus on core competencies in information technology (IT), including providing the organizational base for DOE's ESnet. It also reflects the recent reorganization in which TEID's Creative Services (design and illustration, web development, photography, technical writing) were transferred to the Public Affairs Department.

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Free Donner Library Books and Journals

Many books and journals from the Donner Library on campus, which closed about two years ago, are available for free to scientists and staff here at the Lab. They will be offered Thursday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesday, June 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Building 50B-2265. Book titles can be viewed and searched for here, and journals here. Items are on a first-come-first-served basis. There will be no delivery or setting aside of books. Employees should bring their own containers to carry the books.

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You’ve Got Mail

You’ve got mail. Lots of it, and that’s a problem. Did you know that 100MB is the total limit you are allowed for email before you are charged? Beyond 100MB you will be charged $1.75 per MB per month over the limit—up to $300 per month! About 18% of Lab users have over 100MB stored on the server. To check how much storage you are using, go here. Read more.

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DOE Regulation of IT Rises

DOE regulation and oversight of information technology are increasing as the number of regulators and the areas of regulatory focus expand. Traditionally, the focus has been on cyber security, but now there is additional interest in consolidation, system management, and financial performance of IT assets. The new UC contract also contains requirements for compliance and performance. Read more.

Service Tip

    Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides users with secure remote access to Lab resources, including online library journals and Web sites that are restricted to onsite use. VPN service is available for $12 per month. For more information, go here.

 Protecting Your Computer
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Important Password Security Message to Lab System Administrators

The Computer Protection Program (CPP) will soon engage in a continuous effort to remotely crack passwords on Lab computing systems. Any passwords that are cracked must be changed to comply with RPM standards. Save time and effort by installing a password filter and then expiring all passwords on the systems you manage. Do this and it’s unlikely that any password on any of your systems will ever be cracked. Go here for information about public domain password filters recommended by CPP.

Be Prepared: Upcoming Cyber Security Audit

DOE’s Office of Assurance (OA) will conduct a cyber security audit at the Lab in December. OA is DOE’s most powerful internal regulator, and reports directly to the Secretary of Energy. OA “red teams” will be onsite for two to three weeks to conduct internal scanning, social engineering and other tests on the security of our systems. Read more.

Enrollment in June 15 UNIX Security II (Advanced) Course Is Still Open

Enrollment in the UNIX Security II (Advanced) course is still open. This course, which will be taught from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 in Perseverance Hall, will teach UNIX system administrators and programmers how to lock down systems using a variety of advanced techniques, including advanced shell scripting. Read the course description here. Enrollment is free, but space is limited. Sign up here.

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Monthly Virus Update: More than 38,000 Worms and Viruses Zapped

The Lab's virus wall continues to guard Lab systems against worm and virus infections. Last month it detected and eradicated 38,849 worms and viruses, almost all of which target Windows systems. In contrast, the number in March was 43,001. Read more.