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Information Security

Our mission is to protect UA’s information assets and promote cybersafety.

Software Licensing

Information about enterprise level program and application software for research, education, and campus administration use.

IT Service Desk

The IT Service Desk is OIT’s single point of contact for all IT services across campus.

Technology News

April 13th, 2015- As we continue the work transitioning all network services to the new campus network,  OIT is implementing a new method to administer and install network printers.  We Read More about

UA Public Wireless Network Discontinued

In early 2014, the University of Alabama will decommission the UA public wireless network. All users will be required to log on to UA-WPA2 instead. The Office of Information Technology Read More about UA Public Wireless Network Discontinued

Making UA Technology-Tough

All of the wizards and geeks over in OIT have been working hard for many months setting things up so that even the worst disaster would not knock out critical Read More about Making UA Technology-Tough

Securing a Tablet for Web Browsing

January 4, 2013 – Internet on the go has finally become a reality with today’s mobile technology. Whether you’re checking email at the coffee shop or taking a quick conference Read More about Securing a Tablet for Web Browsing

Bringing Ideas to Life With 3-D Printers

September 19, 2012 – Printing at The University of Alabama is taking a step into another dimension – literally. Construction has started in Hardaway Hall on a 3-D printing lab that Read More about Bringing Ideas to Life With 3-D Printers

New Secure Wireless Network

September 7, 2012 – The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is pleased to announce a new secure wireless network for Faculty & Staff.  In order to connect to UA-WPA2, you Read More about New Secure Wireless Network

New Phishing Email

June 7, 2012 – On any suspicious email, always check the “From” address and the location of any URL in the message.  If the message originated from the University, the “From” address Read More about New Phishing Email

Listserv Change

June 7, 2012 – The Office of Information Technology announces a change to Listserv on Thursday, June 14. The preferred Listserv hostname will be changed from to at Read More about Listserv Change

Microsoft Security Advisory

June 5, 2012 – Microsoft has just released security advisory (2718704). This advisory deals with unauthorized digital certificates derived from a Microsoft Certificate Authority. Microsoft released a patch to revoke Read More about Microsoft Security Advisory

Service Interruption 5/31

June 5, 2012 – On Thursday, May 31st at approximately 7:45am, OIT’s 24/7 monitoring software alerted on-call personnel to a network interruption. An automated recovery process, designed to reduce the Read More about Service Interruption 5/31

CIO Blog

The Changing Face of Higher Educations- A Personal Journey

I have often been amazed at the lack of use of technology in the Ivory Tower. I came back into Higher Education after approximately 20 years in the business/corporate environment Read More about The Changing Face of Higher Educations- A Personal Journey

Governance Structure

CIO Blog: Governance Structure This past summer and fall has been very a busy time for the University and for OIT. We have witnessed the transition of the Bryce properties to UA Read More about Governance Structure

One Community

CIO BLOG: ONE COMMUNITY                     Digital Tuscaloosa The Connected Community Concept Several years ago Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville were hit by one of Read More about One Community

Risk Assessment

CIO Blog Risk Assessment Dear Colleagues, Today’s IT environment is changing more rapidly than at any time before. In fact many of the technologies that we now take for granted were not in Read More about Risk Assessment

Time of Transition

CIO Blog A Time of Transition Dear OIT Team Members, It has been several months since I have communicated to all of you regarding the organization, its initiatives, and the strategic direction(s) that Read More about Time of Transition

OIT Continuity of Operations

A Bottom-Up Approach to Weathering the Worst The events of April, 27th, 2011 left an indelible mark on most of us.  While the city of Tuscaloosa suffered terribly along with so Read More about OIT Continuity of Operations

Emerging Technologies Make Learning Easier

From generation to generation, parents feel compelled to tell the rising youth personal reflections from their old school days. These struggles, whether embellished or endured, often involve comments like, “Back Read More about Emerging Technologies Make Learning Easier

Back in the Habit

Clothes, supplies, textbooks…you name it. The list could go on forever. Preparing for heading back to school can jump from fun and exciting to overbearing and stressful in seconds. Luckily, students Read More about Back in the Habit

Technology Resources for Summer Fun

Don’t let summer cause bad technology habits to roll in. Using your UA resources may be a lifesaver for you this summer while you’re taking classes at a local college Read More about Technology Resources for Summer Fun

Message From Dr. McGowan

Dear Colleagues, Thank you all for contacting your supervisors as quickly as possible after the storm. We have now accounted for almost all members of the OIT team. Supervisors are Read More about Message From Dr. McGowan

Security Alerts

June 15th, 2015: There is a wide spread phishing/scam attempt for the Berjaya Foundation. If you haven’t already please deleted it. There isn’t an AOL email address for the legitimate Berjaya Foundation Read More about

February 20th, 2015: OIT is aware of an email based virus infection that seems to be spreading and changing through embedded executables in zip file attachments.  We are working on Read More about

February 10th, 2015: You may have received the email titled: “Document Important. ” (image below) This message contains a malicious attachment labeled: [\doc9218_pdf.scr ]. In most situations, Read More about

Scheduled Outages

June 10th, 2015- The Office of Information Technology will implement a Banner Bundle Upgrade to Production on Sunday, June 14th during the normal maintenance window. During the upgrade, myBama will Read More about

May 19th, 2015- On Saturday, May 30, the myBama portal will be down for systems work from 8AM to 12PM. If you have any issues after noon on Saturday, please Read More about

April 9th, 2015- ORACLE PATCH TO BE INSTALLED APR. 19 — The Office of Information Technology announces that the quarterly Oracle patch will be installed Sunday, Apr. 19, from 8 Read More about

Known Issues

The Known Issues Page is a checkpoint for our IT partners across campus. The page lists software compatibility issues and known fixes.

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