Cybersecurity Training, Endpoint Security, and Data Governance Plans Underway

Georgia Tech is taking steps to reshape its data strategy as part of the multi-year, multi-phase Data Excellence initiative.

Guided by the Institute Strategic Plan (ISP), Data Excellence supports Georgia Tech’s objectives to be a leader in leveraging data analytic tools and processes to inform decision-making, as well as an example in the protection, management, and governance of…

As we start a new academic year, we not only welcome new team members into the Office of Information Technology. We also formally introduce the multi-phase, multi-year Data Excellence initiative at Georgia Tech. I'm extremely excited to share details around this initiative, which directly supports the Institute Strategic Plan and brings together leaders from across the…

Georgia Tech's Women in Technology Group resumed its monthly meeting cadence in April with a presentation from Academic Technology Associate Director Pam Buffington, titled "What's Your Pandemic Presence?"

Delivered in an interactive “Family Feud” style, the presentation challenged meeting participants to explore the importance of virtual presence when attending work meetings in remote and hybrid environments. During the presentation, Buffington focused on professional appearance,…

For the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the past semester has been all about shared experiences, shared responsibility, and shared success. As we bring this semester to a close, I am happy to announce that we have concluded the first phase of our strategic planning effort and kicked off a multi-year Data Excellence initiative in support of the Institute’s Strategic Plan.

OIT wrapped up Phase I of its strategic planning project in mid-April. This phase introduced a new mission…

Georgia Tech has formalized an advisory committee for the Partnership for an Advanced Computing Environment (PACE) and adopted of a new method of funding research cyberinfrastructure. Unlike the previous model, which charged for research cyberinfrastructure based on a fixed capacity, the new model aims to be more sustainable and flexible. Now research principal investigators (PI) will only be charged for actual consumption of resources – similar to that of commercial cloud offerings.

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) will perform an upgrade to its website (https://oit.gatech.edu) on Friday, May 14, migrating the site from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8.

While the change includes minor aesthetic changes to the website design, the upgrade presents new features and functionality and introduces new layout capabilities. This web update advances IT Marketing & Communications’ efforts to shift the website from a support site to a…

Nationally observed in May, Georgia Tech celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month throughout April - recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to Georgia Tech’s rich history, achievements, and advancements.

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) joined the Institute in its reflection of AAPI heritage across the IT community -  celebrating how daily choices, actions, and relationships are shaped…

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) recognizes IT units, staff, and partners across Georgia Tech who recently received Staff Excellence awards. 

Spirit of Georgia Tech Award

Grace Battle, client support specialist within OIT, has been awarded the Spirit of Georgia Tech award, which is presented to Georgia Tech staff who support, uphold, and embody the mission and vision of the Institute. 

Staff Excellence Award

The…

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has proudly joined the Institute and the nation in celebrating the contributions of Black professionals and women in February and March respectively. Over the past month, I have been repeatedly reminded of the significant role that women play in shaping digital strategy at Georgia Tech. I am fortunate to have a front row seat to so much of that work.
 
As you know, OIT has been involved in an extensive and aggressive strategic planning…

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) continues to provide equipment support for students, faculty, researchers, and staff through its Technology Equipment Loan program.

Introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, this program allows the Georgia Tech community to request loaner laptops or hotspots to complete academic work or to fulfill employment duties. The program is accessible via services.gatech.edu in the academic continuity…

We thrive on diversity. That is one of the nine values that makes Georgia Tech unique. It was one of the things that attracted me here last year and I believe it is the value that will be the source of our strength in the future. When we are exposed to different ideas and different ways of thinking we grow and expand our abilities. Bringing diverse voices into a conversation makes ideas richer. It provides participants access to wider knowledge, and the resulting solutions are more resilient…

After a series of surveys and customer feedback sessions, the Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) Network Operations Center (NOC) team has successfully rebranded as the Infrastructure Operations Center, effective Monday, February 22.  

Over the last two years, a number of organizational and operational changes (i.e. move to Coda, OIT restructure, and ServiceNow implementation) have shift the scope of the team’s function to include new and adjusted practices. To encompass the…

Georgia Tech Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Jimmy Lummis left the Office of Information Technology at the end of January to pursue another professional opportunity and commit more time to personal endeavors. He will continue to serve as a part-time faculty member at the Institute. 

“Jimmy was extremely instrumental in expanding our cybersecurity office to include critical teams that oversee operations, services, risk, and compliance,” said Vice President of Information…

Dear Students: 

Since the start of the semester, Georgia Tech has experienced technical challenges to the campus network and important student services such as Buzzport, TouchNet, and Banner. While some issues have been isolated, others have been widespread.

I am writing to inform you that we are taking significant measures to not only address these issues, but make permanent changes to our infrastructure to ensure you do not continue to experience the same challenges over…

While online shopping has grown in popularity over the years, the pandemic has caused an unprecedented surge in online shopping this holiday season. This rise in online activity also heightens the risk for scams and cyberattacks.

“The holidays present a busy time for online shopping and, unfortunately, many cybercriminals take advantage of this time,” said Daren Hubbard, vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer (CIO). “From creating fake shopping sites…

Greetings Everyone.

If you are anything like me, you take a few moments every December to reflect on the year that has just passed and assess whether it’s been a good one or not. The past year has been unlike any year we have seen before, and while extremely challenging, I am grateful for the great things we have accomplished in 2020. The video link included in this post shares my message to the IT community and well wishes for the holiday season.
 
As I stated at the…

Time flies. According to the calendar, I have served as your vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer (CIO) for almost three months. As I wrap up my third full month, I’m eager to share takeaways from what has been an eventful November.
 
While best efforts were made to distribute my first CIO blog entry nearly three weeks ago, I had to shift my focus during the second week of November to address several technical challenges to student registration…

Georgia Tech has launched its new strategic plan, which presents a shared vision for the next decade, leading with motto, “Progress and Service for All”.  

The ambitious goals and bold actions of the plan prioritizes six key areas: 

  • Amplify Impact 

  • Champion Innovation 

  • Connect Globally 

  • Expand Access 

  • Cultivate Well-Being 

  • Lead by Example 

Dear Students:

On Monday, many of you experienced course registration issues because of technical challenges with DegreeWorks, OSCAR, and Banner Self-Service. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) worked to address downtime and intermittent delays, restoring all services Monday between noon and 5 p.m. On Wednesday evening, we began to receive a few new reports of slowness when trying to access OSCAR and Banner. We have been working with students to address these individual…

After a national search, the Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Daren Hubbard as its new chief information officer and vice president for Information Technology. Hubbard will start his new role on September 8, 2020.

Georgia Tech has made significant progress in our efforts to control the spread of coronavirus through asymptomatic surveillance and clinical testing programs. The success of these programs at Georgia Tech rely heavily on the security and accessibility of robust technology and data reporting tools leveraged to enable testing and contact tracing.     

Daren Hubbard, vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer, has been asked to direct all activities related…