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Latest news from Presidion (SPSS), MathWorks (MATLAB), Wolfram and Sterling Geo (ERDAS)

IT Services works closely with a range of software suppliers on behalf of Trinity students and staff.  Please see below links to some recent developments from Presidion (SPSS), MathWorks (MATLAB), Wolfram and Sterling Geo (ERDAS):

Erdas Imagine/Hexagon Geospatial event: HxGN Live Local UK, 20-21 October 2015

On behalf of our suppliers, Sterling Geo, please see details below of a major event taking place in the UK on 20th-21st October:

The first HxGN LIVE LOCAL UK is brought to you by Sterling Geo, Leica Geosystems and Hexagon Geospatial.

Date: 19-21 October 2015

Location: Stoke Rochford Hall, Near Grantham, NG33 5EJ

Full details are available at http://www.sterlinggeo.com/hxgn-live-local-uk-2015/

 

Research IT walk-in workshop – Friday 4th September 11.00am-12.00pm

The IT Services Research IT group will hold an open drop-in session from 11am to 12pm in Room 2.12 Lloyd Building on Friday, 4th September.

Research IT provides Trinity researchers from all disciplines with the following services:

  • Advanced Computing
  • Data Management
  • Visualisation
  • Training
  • Software Development Facilities and Expertise

This workshop may be useful to staff and postgrads from all Faculties.

See here for more details on the workshop

Invite to NIDays Graphical System Design Conference, 3rd Nov, London

The information below is provided by National Instruments:

NI would like to invite you to NIDays London, the free multi-track Graphical System Design Conference. Join over 600 innovators, industry experts and NI employees in London to explore latest trends and technologies in design, test and control. Learn how NI technology can save you time and money without sacrificing flexibility and longevity.

Top 5 Reaons to Attend NIDays London
1.Inspirational keynote address from Professor Danielle George, University of Manchester, presenter of the 2014 Ri CHRISTMAS LECTURES
2.18 influential guest presenters from industry and academia
3.Over 60 hours of technical content across 7 application specific tracks
4.Meet with technology experts on our industry and academic exhibitions
5.Over 13 hours of introductory hands-on training

For more information please see http://uk.ni.com/nidays

High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) Walk-in Workshop, Fri 3rd July 11am-12pm

The High Performance Research Computing group provides advanced computing (Linux and HPC), data management, visualisation and software development facilities and expertise for Trinity researchers from all disciplines.

HPRC will be holding a Walk-In Workshop session on Friday 3rd July between 11am and 12pm in room 2.12 in the Lloyd Building and light refreshments of tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided.

This month’s workshop will be focused on:

  • Do you run large calculations on your desktop? We can help by getting them to run on our High Performance Compute clusters instead.
  • Do you need help writing parallel code? You can get free access to support scientists who can help you. This scientist can be allocated to work with you or your research group on projects for up to three months in duration.
  • Do you need help visualising results? We can provide advice on software (including bespoke visualisation software developed at HPRC) and facilities (3-D Visualisation Facility).

For further details please see http://www.tchpc.tcd.ie/node/1131

 

MATLAB and Simulink Seminar in UCD this Friday, 5th June

MathWorks are hosting an event at UCD on Friday, 5th June, providing the opportunity to pick up tips and tricks from MathWorks technical staff and also to network with peers from local industry, UCD and the wider academic community in Ireland.  Details of the event can be found at the following link:

Data Analytics, Signal Processing and Computer Vision with MATLAB and Simulink

IT Security at TCD in the news

During IT Security week (26-30 January 2015), we posted a news items to our wesite each day that offered tips and guidance on the latest IT Security developments.

To mark inerenational Data Protection Day on 28th January , there was an exciting panel discussion in the Synge Theatre – What does the internet say about you?  Held in conjunction with Information Compliance and the Science Gallery, this event was aimed at raising awareness and educating individuals on their rights and responsibilities with regard to collecting, storing and processing personal data.

In addition to the panel discussion, a giant QR code was projected onto the Nassau Street entrance to College.  Over 100 people scanned the code and were asked a sequence of questions requesting personal data ranging from name, gender, email address to more sensitive data such as date of birth, occupation and credit card details.

Without any idea of what their information would be used for or where it was going to end up, 90% of participants volunteered their name and gender while a shocking 27% of participants answered the request for details of medical conditions and their credit card number.  While this exercise was for deomonstrative purposes only, it could easily have had a more sinister agenda.  The moral of the story is to think before you click!

Read more about the QR code in the press here:

IT Security week 2015

During IT Security week (26- 30 January 2015), we posted a news item to our website each day that offered tips and guidance on the latest IT Security developments.

The week kicked off with an article on secure passwords.  For the second year in a row, ‘123456’ has topped the list of Worst Internet Passwords.  Why should this matter to you; your password is secure, right?  Your passwords protect your personal information and data.  Have a look at our article on the worst internet passwords and see if your passwords rank and what you can to do to create safe passwords.

Data Protection Day 2015
To mark international Data Protection Day on 28th January, there was an exciting panel discussion in the Synge Theatre – What does the internet say about you?

Held in conjunction with Information Compliance and the Science Gallery, this event was aimed at raising awareness and educating individuals on their rights and their responsibilities with regard to collecting, storing and processing personal information.  The event also focused on encouraging businesses and other organisations to understand their responsibilities by being open and honest about how they collect, use and share personal information.

Think before you click! 
An exercise in data protection
You may have noticed a giant QR code being projected onto the Nassau Street entrance to College? Over 100 people scanned the code and were asked a sequence of questions requesting personal data ranging from name, gender, email address to more sensitive data such as date of birth, occupation and credit card details.

Without any idea of what their information would be used for or where it was going to end up, 90% of participants volunteered their name and gender while a shocking 27% of participants answered the request for details of medical conditions and their credit card number.

While this exercise was for demonostrative purposes only, it could easily have had a more sinister agenda.  The moral of the story – think before you click!

IT Security Week: Can you spot a ‘phishing email’?

Your inbox can be a dangerous place! Lurking among the countless work and study related emails are fraudulent ‘phishing’ emails waiting to catch you unawares and trick you into divulging your College network password, your personal information or the login details for your Internet Banking, Apple iTunes or PayPal accounts.

To stay safe you need to be alert to the possibility of scams and fraud in your inbox.

Take a look at the emails below, have you ever received something similar?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are common examples of the type of phishing emails we regularly receive in College.

These emails may attempt to induce you to:

  • Act quickly to prevent an account from being deactivated
  • Take part in a system upgrade or other IT action
  • Cancel payment for an item which you have not purchased

To avoid these types of scams you need to be vigilant and cautious, always take your time and consider the validity of what you are being offered.

  • Make sure you can confirm the identity of the company or individual with whom you are engaged in a transaction

Never provide sensitive personal information by email or on unfamiliar websites

What should I do when I receive a phishing email to my College email account?

Staff members who receive a spam/phishing email to their staff email account should report it so that similar email is blocked in future. Doing this helps reduce the overall amount of spam/phishing email being delivered to College email accounts, not just your own. To report an email as spam/phishing:

  1. Save the spam/phishing email message – in Outlook this would mean opening the email to view it and then choosing File – Save As and saving it to your computer
  2. Create a new, blank email message and attach the saved spam message to it
  3. Copy and paste the original spam message subject line into the new message subject line
  4. Send the new message to junk@office365.microsoft.com

What do I do if I think I have responded to a phishing email in College?

If you have replied to a phishing message or clicked on any links within the email body and entered your College username and password please immediately change your password and report this to the Helpdesk (+353 01 896 2000).

Finally remember..

IS Services will never ever ask for your username and password via email and you can confirm any communications from us with our website isservices.tcd.ie or the Helpdesk.

IT Security Week: College Data Protection Day 2015

This year to mark Data Protection Day 28th January Information Systems Services collaborated with Information Compliance and the Science Gallery to run a number of interesting and successful events, which you can read about below:

 

The Mystery QR Code

Did you notice a giant QR code being projected onto the Nassau Street entrance of Trinity College Dublin on the evening of Tuesday 27th January?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Over 100 people scanned the code and were asked a sequence of questions requesting personal data ranging from name, gender, email address to more sensitive data such as their data of birth, occupation and credit card details.

Without any idea of what their information would be used for or where it was going 90% of participants volunteered their name and gender while a shocking 27% of participants answered the request for details of medical conditions and their credit card number.

While this exercise was for demonstrative purposes only with a view to raising awareness regarding placing personal data online, it could easily have had a more sinister agenda. The moral of the story – Think before you click!

Data Protection day: Are you oversharing? One-on-one social media workshops

A number of willing participants volunteered to have their online presence ‘data mined’ by IS Services and the Science Gallery as a demonstration of just how much personal data it is possible to collect online about a stranger.

The results were then presented to each participant over coffee in the Science Gallery yesterday. Many were surprised at the sheer volume of data which was available about them on the Internet and 70% of participants said that they would put less data online in future as a result of attending this workshop.

Remember disclosing too much personal information about yourself on the internet can expose you to:

  • Identity Theft
  • Fraud
  • Personal Loss/danger (when disclosing location info)
  • Reputational damage (future employers etc.)

Personal social media management is now more important than ever why not review our tips from Tuesday on how to protect your personal data online and ensure that you are not oversharing!

Panel discussion: What does the Internet say about you?

We rounded off the day with a fascinating panel discussion around the theme of data privacy and the Internet. Speakers including Eoin O’Dell, Professor, The Law School and Twitters Director of Public Policy Sinead McSweeney discussed recent developments in online privacy and what issues we should all be aware of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
If you missed the event keep an eye on our website as we will be making a podcast of the event available soon!