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[ITWEEKLY] IT Weekly January 25, 2013

January 25, 2013

Update on Adobe Audit of UT Computers

This week over 1,000 UT computers have already had the required scan for Adobe software performed and the resulting text file uploaded. Remember that this must be done for all UT-purchased computers by Thursday, February 7. More information is available at the UT Adobe Audit SharePoint site.  The OIT HelpDesk is available to assist users via (865) 974-9900.


OIT is currently testing a similar procedure that will have to be performed on all UT servers in Windows and Mac environments. More information about scanning servers will be distributed next week.


Upcoming Remote Desktop Protocol Change

On March 1, 2013, OIT will begin blocking incoming, external network traffic to Port 3389. This is the port most commonly used by Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) clients. It is also one of the most common avenues of attacks against the UT network. Users wanting to connect to a server or workstation from an external network will be required to use the UT-VPN. Internal traffic to Port 3389 will not be affected.


OIT logs 45-50 million hits each month to Port 3389. Some are legitimate; most aren't. Earlier this month, an attack from an external device used Port 3389 to consume 20% of the bandwidth of one of our network providers as it scanned servers and workstations all over the campus. On a recent security assessment, over 152 vulnerabilities were identified that were directly attributed to Port 3389 being available to the external network. Controlling access to this port will help reduce UT's exposure to attacks from the external network.


Information and guidance for using the UT-VPN is available through the OIT Knowledge Base at There is a VPN client (Juniper Pulse) available for Android and Apple mobile devices at no cost through Google Play and the Apple Store.


Students Register 2,900 New Devices!

In addition to the 30,000 devices that students registered on the campus network at the beginning of fall semester, between Jan. 4 and Jan. 10, students registered another 2,900 new electronic devices. The top five devices that accounted for almost 80% of the new registrations are iPhones (28%), iPads (18%), Windows (13%), Mac (10%) and Android phones and tablets (10%). The remaining 20% were a mixture of 15 other devices such as iPods, games, tablets and TV’s.


Featured Software: Product updates for Enterprise Miner 12.1 in SAS 9.3 are now available.

SAS is one of the most popular software packages for statistical data analysis and graphics. SAS will release the updated package to customers when enhancements are ready and the goal is to update them every 12 to 18 months. Product updates for SAS9.3 with SAS/STAT 12.1 are now available. SAS has consolidated the version numbers for the main analytical products and the newest version number for SAS Enterprise Miner is 12.1. SAS Enterprise Miner 12.1 includes many new and enhanced features. Now, the GUI client can now be opened directly into a specific project or diagram and the Incremental Response node and Time Series Data Mining nodes have been promoted from experimental to production status. For more information about SAS Enterprise Miner 12.1, see the SAS Enterprise Miner product page at


The SAS9.3 software packages have been updated with the new releases at the OIT software downloading site. To update pre-installed SAS9.3, please download the right version of the software package and run the regular installation according to the installation instruction.


The SAS licenses are for all University of Tennessee campuses and can be installed on personally-owned and UT-owned computers. A single-user license for academic use is available for free to students, faculty and staff. A SAS license for campus administrative use costs extra and is available to staff. All licenses can be ordered through the UT Bookstore Technology Center at After obtaining a license, the program can be downloaded at   


Workshops for Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, 2012


Assignment Tools in Online@UT, Thu., January 31, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


SAS Enterprise Guide, Tue., January 29, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

R Programming, Wed., January 30, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM


SharePoint Overview, Thu., January 31, 9:40 AM - 11:40 AM

SharePoint Super Session, Fri., February 1, 12:30pm-4:30pm


All workshops meet on the Knoxville campus. Registration is required for all workshops. To register for a workshop go to: If you have questions or need help with registration for any of the workshops listed above, contact the OIT HelpDesk at, or 974-9900.


Tax Time is Upon Us: Beware Fake IRS Phishing Expeditions

Every year, tax time brings a wave of new phishing attacks based around people's desire to get their IRS refund as quickly as possible. Don't fall for these scams. The IRS is not going to email you to request information to process a refund faster for you. The only way you can get a refund is by filing your required tax forms and waiting for the IRS to get around to you. If you see one of these emails floating around, delete it. If you feel you may have fallen for such a scam, contact the OIT HelpDesk immediately for assistance in making sure that your computer is not infected with malware, and check your credit file for evidence of identity fraud.


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