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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The MUSC Information Security Office wants to raise awareness around campus of good cyber habits. Strong passwords, detecting phishing emails, and not oversharing sensitive information are critical to protecting MUSC data. Higher Education is targeted by malicious actors for many reasons including theft of research, destruction of research, and access to University compute resources.

Here are 5 habits you can start using IMMEDIATELY to reduce your cyber risk:

  1. Enable Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your cloud-based services. If you have ever checked your email from off-campus, you have used MUSC’s MFA. Many online services like online banking, personal email, social media are setup to allow you to take advantage of MFA.  Take a minute to check out the settings on your accounts and see if you can use MFA. If a cyber-criminal gets your password (which can easily happen through phishing or a data breach), MFA will stop access to your account until you can change your password.
  2. Make sure your technology is patched. This includes your phone, your computers, you home media devices like Apple TV, your IOT devices (like your smart toaster, yeah that’s a real thing), etc. Patches are released by vendors to close security holes that are found. If you are not patching, you are leaving your devices (and the network they are on) exposed to risk.
  3. Uninstall unused or unneeded software. The more software you have installed on your phone, tablet, or computer the larger the attack surface. If you don’t need them, get rid of them. Plus you free up system resources for the new Candy Crush that’s about to drop.
  4. Verify the security and privacy settings on your social media accounts. You may be sharing information with your ‘community’ beyond what you actually think you are sharing
  5. Check out the information security office’s weekly Podcast #InfosecICU

Upcoming Apple Tree Events


October Lightning Webinars: 15-Minute Super Charged Sessions About Teaching

Sponsored by Apple Tree

Lightning webinars are 15-minute sessions with quick, practical tips you can easily implement into your teaching. Explore emerging technologies, timely topics, and best practices through demonstrations and discussions.  

6 Easy Interactive Activities you can Add to your Class this Week

Thursday, October 10
2:00-2:15PM
Presenter: Kate Lenert, Associate Director of Research Learning and Development, Office of Clinical Research

Activities to engage learners in your class can be spontaneous or well-planned out. Let’s talk about 6 easy interactive activities instructors can incorporate on short notice.

Join the webinar here: https://bit.ly/2kqZkbo

Organizing, Sharing and Protecting Your Files with Microsoft OneNote

Tuesday, October 22
Noon-12:15PM
Presenter: Leslie Morris, Ed Tech Specialist, College of Nursing

Get a brief overview of the Microsoft OneNote computer application!  You will learn how to create a notebook, how to add sections and pages, and how to attach files.  Other highlights of the session include how to password protect sections and how to sync and share notebooks.

Join the webinar here: https://bit.ly/2kqZkbo 

Don’t be Haunted by Digital Accessibility!: Previewing Year 1 of the University Educational Digital Accessibility Plan

Thursday, October 31
2:00-2:15PM
Presenter: Alex Walters, Senior Instructional Designer and Digital Accessibility Specialist, Instructional Technology and Faculty Resources

This session will focus on the goals of the newly formed digital accessibility plan for educational content. Learn about the expectations for the upcoming year and what issues to focus on. Resources and tools will be shared, including how to harness the power of your Harbor course to remediate content! 

Join the webinar here: https://bit.ly/2kqZkbo


Ensure a good webinar experience

The webinars will take place in a Blackboard Collaborate™ virtual conference room. You will need to make sure you have a good internet connection and your computer speakers are turned on as audio will be via VOIP. We recommend using Chrome for the best experience. If you haven't done so already, download the Getting Connected to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra document to verify your system is setup correctly.

Introducing Blackboard Ally!

Ally Examples

Download your course files in formats that match your device and need. Click the "A" icon next to your course files, and select “Alternative Formats” from the drop-down. 

Depending on the type of document, you many find some or all of the options below available: 

  • An OCRed PDF which is used to improve the text of scanned documents
  • A Tagged PDF with improved navigation, especially if you use a screen reader 
  • An HTML version that will be adjust text for your mobile devices
  • An ePub version if you use an eReader or tablet
  • An Electronic Braille version if you’re a braille reader
  • An audio version for listening to an MP3.

Be Well with Imagine U

Imagine U for Employees

You asked, We Listened!

We have heard your feedback and are excited to announce that Imagine U has transitioned to a new mobile-optimized platform that is easily accessible on your mobile device, tablet and desktop, and is designed to enhance the user experience for all employees at MUSC. We are also excited to announce the addition of brand-new Build-Your-Own Challenges, designed to be flexible and able to accommodate the wide range of well-being activities you may already be doing.

Getting Started Anywhere, Anytime!

Visit www.musc.edu/iu to view the Imagine U program. The program is organized under 4 main categories: 

  1. Physical Activity
  2. Nutrition & Weight Management 
  3. Preventative Care
  4. Psychosocial Health
There are also categories for 'Featured Challenges' and a new category where you can 'Build Your Own Challenges'. These categories represent the overarching structure of total wellness for this program, designed with the unique needs and goals of every MUSC employee.

Find more information on the Imagine U Program here