Institutional Data Warehouse Cloud Strategy

Presented by: Cathy Lloyd
Learn about the Office of Data Management and Analytic Services and DoIT’s plans to modernize and expand the capabilities of Madison’s enterprise data warehouse (InfoAccess) to deliver a broad set of cross-functional data domains (student, finance, space, HR, etc) using the latest in cloud analytics technology. Project approach, timelines, and stakeholder involvement will be presented, along with where to go for more information and/or learning.
This session had a Live Q&A, which was not recorded.

Interop Initiative Update

Presented by: Tom Jordan
This session is an update on Interop Initiative and new campus infrastructure/capabilities in the works around identity and access management, integration technologies and access to University data. I’d like viewers to understand the initiative’s current state, what they can expect, and how they can engage and be involved.
This session had a Live Q&A, which was not recorded.

Multi-User Samba Mounts on Linux

Presented by: Conor Klecker
We had a problem that our Linux users needed to mount our file server, but we didn’t want to give them any sudo permissions. So we found a way to allow the system to do the mounting with only a read permission of the share and then allow the users to get their individual permissions to the already mounted share all without a sudo command.
This process works with the DoIT hosted file server and the newly launched research drives as well. People should walk away knowing there is more than one way to handle drive mounting in Linux.
This session had a Live Q&A, which was not recorded.

Extending Mulifactor Authentication to the Desktop and Network

Presented by: David Parter
MFA is a good tool to improve our security, especially where passwords are the only authentication method. MFA needs to be implemented for all our computer systems, not just web sites. Like all security tools, MFA implementations have to maintain a good balance between perfect security and ease of use for the end users, who have real work to do for the University. We’ll discuss our approach and implementation for CS Linux and Windows systems and other services, lessons learned, gaps, and next steps.
Q&A Information: – #2020-qa-mfa-to-the-desktop

Introduction to Terraform

Presented by: Brian Hill
An introduction to the Terraform devops tool, used to build and manage infrastructure across scores of cloud and SaaS providers, and enterprise services using a simple, declarative language. I would like viewers to come away with enough familiarity with what Terraform can do to decide whether it is something they want to learn to use.
Q&A Information: – #2020-qa-managing-infra-terraform

Making Meetings Matter: Keep Them Engaged and Carry On

Presented by: Theresa Kim
Another Meeting?! Remote meetings are often long, boring and ineffective. They don’t have to be! In fact, many meetings don’t need to be meetings in the first place. This session is all about leading meetings that matter and are meaningful. It is about how to create space that is both effective and engaging. Keep them engaged and carry on.
Q&A Information: – #2020-qa-making-meetings-matter

Meeting DoIT's Computing Needs – A Voice Of The Customer Story

Presented by: Brad Thome & Ellen La Luzerne
During the summer of 2019, Departmental Support embarked on an initiative to revamp the computer options available for DoIT because the existing offerings were not widely adopted by the division, and support was wasting time configuring custom computers. The following presentation will walk you through the problem and the approach that resulted in a high adoption and satisfaction rate of newly established computer options. You will learn about conducting focus groups, working with vendors on options, choosing hardware based on software requirements, showcasing hardware through demonstrations, and more.
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Q&A Information: – #2020-qa-voice-of-the-customer-story

On-Demand Web Application Security Scanning with Qualys WAS API — Including Examples

Presented by: Mike Tessmer, Tomomi Imamura & Eric Simons
This presentation demonstrates the easy-to-use web application vulnerability scanner custom developed by the DoIT Web and Mobile Solutions (WaMS) team in collaboration with the Office of Cybersecurity. In 2018, the WaMS technical lead began using Qualys Web Application Scanning (WAS) and recognized a knowledge transfer scalability limitation. It took too long to learn to use the interface and configure scans. The DoIT WaMS team and the Office of Cybersecurity jointly wrote a proposal to acquire funding for the custom development of a tool that would use the Qualys API, but significantly reduce the complexity of scan configuration. The tool would make the application scanning process easy to learn and replicate for all campus partners. Today we are proud to present the Cybersecurity Appscanner.
Join Tomomi Imamura (Office of Cybersecurity), Eric Simons (WaMS), and Mike Tessmer (WaMS) as they walk through lessons learned, examples on how to use the app (YES! You can start using this tool to scan your web applications today!), and vulnerability results (with common fixes). We’ll have an example target application with known vulnerabilities that we will fix live. If time allows, a Q/A session will follow the demonstration.
We will be using a site that has known vulnerabilities and we will also show how to read a security report from Qualys and how to fix common issues found in a vulnerable web application. At the end of the day, we are showing off a new tool they will be able to use after the presentation, increasing the security of web applications across campus.
Q&A Information: – #2020-qa-webapp-qualys

Pre-Exascale Cloud Burst

We apologize that this video is not currently available. The video to be added sometime next week (June 8-12th).
Presented by: David Schultz
IceCube and UCSD conducted two pre-Exascale compute bursts in the cloud in the last year. This is a general summary of what took place. Viewers will learn that there exist social problems with large-scale cloud computing, but a large pool of resources is available.
Q&A Information: – #2020-qa-pre-exascale-cloudburst

Quick Tips for Improving UX and SEO

Presented by: Mary Cummins
This is short, pre-recorded video with some quick tips for creating a good user experience on your site while optimizing search engine performance. I will give specific examples for each tip. Viewers will get some really simple take-aways for making their website a little more user-friendly.
Q&A Information: – #2020-qa-improving-ux-and-seo