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IMAP and POP3 to be Blocked on Oct. 18

In order to improve information security throughout the Columbia campus, IMAP and POP3 servers will be disabled beginning October 18, 2018. IMAP and POP3 are older methods used by computers to access email messages from a remote server.

Don't Provide Personal Info Through Email Links!

The university has seen a spike in phishing emails. Phishing is an email fraud method used by hackers and thieves to lure unsuspecting recipients into providing personal information.

Blackboard Unavailable Sunday, July 22, 2018

A critical update will be made to the system. Students, faculty, and staff will be unable to login during the maintenance window.

New Spam Email Filter for Faculty and Staff

On June 2, 2018 a new spam email filter will be implemented for faculty and staff.

Google Cloud Offers Credit Program for Researchers

Google announced a new research credits program that supports faculty who want to take advantage of data storage, analytics, and machine-learning capabilities.

Tell Us What You Need From This Website

The Division of IT is in the process of merging and streamlining its web presence. Right now, there are two primary sites: Division of IT and UTS. We'd like to better understand how YOU interact with our online resources. Take our very short survey.

Educational Technology Showcase Scheduled for April 6

Share creative uses of technology, visit educational technology vendors, participate in hands-on demonstrations and more at the EdTech Showcase.

Dr. Phil Moore to Retire March 1

Dr. Phil Moore, executive director of research cyberinfrastructure, will retire on March 1, 2018.

Microsoft to Showcase Cloud Service to @UofSC

Microsoft will be on campus March 13 and 14, 2018 to demonstrate Azure, a cloud storage solution. The presentations will be particularly interesting to researchers and IT managers.

Customer Satisfaction Surveys Introduced

Customers of the Division of Information Technology now receive satisfaction surveys after reporting an interruption in IT services. The input will allow the division to improve services across the system.

Gartner Research Available for @UofSC

All faculty, staff, and students have free access to Gartner research materials. Gartner is a regarded resource on the application of technology to business, science, and law in the world.

Call for Proposals: Educational Technology Showcase

The Division of Information Technology, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the University Libraries want to hear about your innovative teaching tools and techniques. Apply to present at the 2018 Educational Technology Showcase in April.

Latest Information on the Spectra and Meltdown Vulnerabilities

Follow this link for the latest information on the Spectra and Meltdown vulnerabilities. You can also follow us on social media for up-to-date information.

New High Performance Research Cluster Available

Hyperion, a powerful High Performance Computing cluster, is available to faculty and students at the University of South Carolina. The 300 TeraFLOP* cluster offers both dedicated resources to research groups and shared resources to the community.

Phishing Emails Circulating the University

A number of students have reported suspicious emails to the IT Security Department. Individuals should never click on links that ask for password verification, or links from unknown senders.

System-wide MATLAB License Introduced

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) is pleased to announce that an enterprise license for MATLAB, Simulink, and companion toolboxes has been negotiated. MATLAB is used across the system and the effort to bring an enterprise license to the university was a partnership between many colleges, departments, and researchers.

Multifactor Authentication is coming to USC!

Beginning June 5, 2017, multifactor authentication (MFA), also known as two-step verification, will be required to access systems on the USC network that store Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

University Phone Numbers Being Spoofed

Many individuals have reported receiving telemarketing calls from a number that appears to come from the Columbia campus.

New DOIT Leadership Structure Announced

A new leadership structure for the Division of Information Technology will become effective on May 16, 2017.

Warning -- Malicious Email Circulating Across Campus

Many employees received phishing messages using the email address The messages are not from the university. Delete these emails and always use caution with suspicious emails from unknown sources.

Introducing IT Governance

Input from a broad base of stakeholders is necessary to ensure IT services support the academic and research goals of the university. The DoIT will gain input from several advisory committees that will help establish priorities for technology investment, influence the development and design of technology services, and formulate solutions that are aligned with the mission and goals of the university. 

Multifactor Authentication Required Beginning June 5

Multifactor authentication (MFA), or two-factor authentication, will be required to access most university systems beginning June 5, 2017. MFA is a requirement of all state agencies following the 2012 South Carolina Department of Revenue security breach.

New Guest Wireless Network Coming Dec. 20

Guests to the Columbia campus will connect to a new wireless network beginning December 20.

President announces new Chief Information Officer

Doug Foster will join the University of South Carolina as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer in early 2017.

PeopleSoft,, and other systems unavailable on Nov. 6

An important update will be made to the Shibboleth database from 6 AM to 2 PM on Sunday, November 6. Many university systems will be unavailable during the update, including and PeopleSoft.


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