Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

September 15, 2006

Members
Joe Adamo (Computing and IT Center), Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs and Controller), Philip Baczewski (DCSMT Chair, Director of Academic Computing, Computing and IT Center), John Berra (Registrar), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ben Bigby (College of Music), Ginger Boone (University Union), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Jim Curry (Microcomputer Maintenance/ Classroom Support Services), Cyndie Harris (UNT Facilities), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Scott Joyce (Housing), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Brenda Kirk (CITC PC/LAN Support), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Members Present
Joe Adamo (Computing and IT Center), Philip Baczewski (DCSMT Chair, Director of Academic Computing, Computing and IT Center), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ben Bigby (College of Music), Tim Chistian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (Col. Of Public Admin &Comm. Svc), Nick Anderson (substituting for Cindy Harris (Facilities)), Mike Hatch (College of Business), Paul Hons (College of Education), Katy Gallahan (substituting for Scott Jackson (UNT Libraries)), Scott Joyce (UNT Business Services), Jim Byford (substituting for Bruce Pollock (ABN Lan Mgmt)), Uwe Rossbach (College of Engineering), Richard Sanzone (CITC Helpdesk), Chris Strauss (CITC Remedy Admin)

Guests
Allen Bradley (CITC Network Computing Services), Charlie Brien (COBA, representing GALMAC), Daren Dugan (CITC Network Computing Services), Dave Gerlach (CITC UNIX Services), Cathy Hardy (Computing and IT Center), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (CITC Student Computing), Matt Kernan (CEN Computing Services), Maurice Leatherbury (CITC AVP Comp/CTO), Claudia Lynch (CITC Academic Computing), Tom McElwee (CITC Technical Support Services), Tri-Ever Rustee (CITC Wonder Dog), Mike Maner (CITC Datacomm), Don McClure (CITC Remedy), Mark McKnight (CITC Security), Andy Novak (CITC Administration and Compliance), Steve Vocelka (Computing and IT Center Operations), Scott Windham (CITC Data Communications), David Wood (CITC Security)

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes from August 4, 2006, were approved as written.

ANTI-COPY SOFTWARE

Philip Baczewski relayed a message from Paul Dworak concerning the possible adoption of anti-copy software for campus desktop systems in order to prevent the copying of proprietary or sensitive data to external media.

The discussion touched on cases where a person's workstation or removable media contains the primary source of sensitive data. In this case, having a key structure which would allow management to read data would be a necessity if encryption was employed. In the case of sensitive data maintained on a workstation as a primary or secondary source, anti-copy software would prevent others from copying it off to an external device, but that is dependent upon the diligence of the workstation user (since they would be able to control and identify that data), as is encryption, password-protected screen saver, etc.

The general consensus of the group was that given the distributed nature of our support and the fact that it would be difficult to identify and control specific data files, a better approach to securing data would be ongoing policy and education efforts along with support for file encryption of portable devices.

CITC SERVER MAINTENANCE SERVICE

Allen Bradley reminded everyone that if they would like to sign up for it, the CITC maintenance service is $150/year and that they have Dell and HP parts in stock.

OLD BUSINESS

Philip Baczewski handed out a draft survey for software evaluation and assessment and requested feedback and ideas about the survey by email by the first of the next week.

NEW BUSINESS

No new business was discussed.

AREA REPORTS

Maurice Leatherbury said that 3 consultants will be on campus this semester to look at campus IT services at the suggestion of UNT President Bataille. Maurice will be sending out his semi-annual security check and noted that employee ids (emplids) are now considered public knowledge as a result of a ruling from the State Attorney General.

Chris Strauss said that this fall Remedy steering committee development server will be reconstituted to help plan deployment of Remedy version 7. Remedy 7 will be data driven, out of the box and will not need as much man power and time to for alteration to fit the UNT environment.

Charlotte Russell talked about support for employees working from from home in the event there is a bird flu pandemic which could necessitate the curtailing of University activities.

Bahram Paiani spoke about checking sender addresses live and dropping invalid e-mails instead of automatically bouncing mail back to the sender. This process should reduce the number of bounced e-mails from unt.edu, a factor that is often used to place domains on various anit-spam lists.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:35 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for October 6, 2006.


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