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Lab Prepares for El Niño Onslaught

A cross-Operations team including Facilities, EH&S, IT, OCFO and Protective Services has been working on El Niño storm preparations, conducting planning and assessments and mitigating issues to better prepare the Lab to prevent and respond to potential impacts from heavy storms. Already, the number of water leaks/intrusions has been reduced by 33% since last year. More>

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Work Request Website, Maximo, and DataSplice Unavailable Feb. 5-7

Maximo, Work Request Website, and DataSplice will be unavailable beginning Friday, Feb. 5, at noon until Monday, Feb. 8, at 5 a.m. in order to upgrade to Maximo 7.6. To request Facilities Division work during that time, call x6274. The center’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call x5481 for after-hours emergencies.

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MalwareBytes Security Software Available at software.lbl.gov

The Lab’s Cyber Security and Workstation Support groups recommend installing MalwareBytes Anti-Malware for Business on all Windows laptops and workstations. MalwareBytes is able to detect and remove many forms of malicious software that traditional anti-virus tools may miss, and is free of charge, at software.lbl.gov. More>

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Changes Planned for Berkeley Lab Identity Login

In an effort to provide dynamic content relating to Cyber Security or IT News during the login process, the Lab’s Identity login process is being changed. The shift will be implemented the evening of Thursday, Sept. 17. More>

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Increased Protection for Windows Computers

To protect Windows computers in the Active Directory, built-in administrator accounts will now use randomized passwords with LAPS. This will not affect most users who login using their own account. Those with scripts or automated processing using the built-in administrator account may be affected. More>

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Krous Raises Ergo Awareness, Wins Safety Raffle; Next Drawing is Soon

How does starting a departmental conversation on ergonomics turn into a $50 prize? In Jack Krous’s case, the IT professional received a Hero Card because of his proactive problem solving approach related to ergonomics. With the next drawing coming up, it’s a great time to award your favorite safety hero with a Hero Card. More>

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LabTech 2015 is Sept. 9-10; Registration Now Open

LabTech 2015, Berkeley Lab’s fourth annual computing conference, is scheduled for Sept. 9-10. The program features technical tutorials, discussion sessions, networking opportunities, demos, and more. LabTech is a multi-track conference aimed at scientists, technologists, and support staff. The event is free but registration is required. More>

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Lab’s Bro Intrusion Detection System Featured by NSF

The Bro Intrusion Detection system, developed in part at Berkeley Lab and the cornerstone of the Lab’s open but secure cyber posture, turns 20 years old this month. The tool is now in use around the world by hundreds of corporations, governments, and research institutions. NSF is featuring the tool this month as part of its Discoveries series. More>

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Advanced Arduino Workshops on August 5

IT is offering two identical Advanced Arduino Workshops from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4pm. The class will focus on sensors, actuators and programming techniques. All materials will be provided. More>

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Major IT Outage Scheduled for July 11

Most IT services including business systems, collaboration tools, and networking to many buildings will be offline the weekend of July 11 to accommodate a scheduled power outage across much of the Lab campus. Updates will be available on status.lbl.gov during the outage. For more information about impacted services and buildings, visit the IT website.

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