Today at Berkeley Lab

IT’s Stephen Lau Helped Save Lives During Santa Rosa Fire

A reserve police officer for Hayward, Lau was among those from departments all over the Bay Area to respond to Santa Rosa’s call for help last week. He and his crew drove towards the flames and went door-to-door in the Kendall and Oakmont neighborhoods telling residents to evacuate. Then as the flames grew, he and other officers had to make a run for it as well. More>

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Password Requirements Transitioning to Passphrases

The password requirements for Berkeley Lab Identity accounts are changing so they are easier to remember and more secure. Instead of requiring special characters, we are transitioning to a passphrase approach. Your passphrase must be 14 characters and must be changed every 12 months. This goes into effect the next time you change your password. Go here for more (authentication required).

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Creative Services Moves to Building 50B-1232

The Creative Services office is now in Building 50B-1232. The office can assist with design and illustration, business cards, branding, printing, and other services. Contact Caitlin Youngquist at x4020 or email creative@lbl.gov with any questions. See directions to the new location here.

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IT Division Offers Oct. 5 Intro to Google Analytics Training

Google Analytics is a free service that gives website owners insights into how visitors interact with their site. This introductory course will help you learn who is visiting your site, how they got to your site, what they did on your site and more. The training runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. To learn more and register, go here.

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6th Annual LabTech on Oct. 11

LabTech is an annual free event for staff and friends focusing on computing and technology for Berkeley Lab users. Hosted by the IT Division, LabTech features technical tutorials, discussion sessions, networking opportunities, demonstrations, and more. To register, go here.

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Lab Cyber Security Warns of Increase in Email Phishing Attacks

Recent attacks spoof (appear to come from) Lab employees or vendors and include a valid signature and phone number. The emails are addressed to the recipient’s full name, making them appear legitimate, and reference an attached invoice that is a .doc or .pdf file. The file is a virus or links to a fake login page. Examples are here. Use caution when receiving these emails.

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Power Outage Scheduled for August 19 to 20; IT Systems Affected

Normal power will be cut to the following areas, from Saturday, August 19, at 5 a.m. to Sunday, August 20, at 10 p.m.: Building 50 complex, Building 65 complex, Buildings 54, 70, 70A, 88, and Blackberry Gate. Access to these buildings is not permitted during the outage. Enterprise business applications, HPC systems, and other systems will be offline during the outage. More>

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IT Division Classes on Managing Research Software Projects

The IT Division is offering two one-day classes (Sept. 7 and 14) on Managing Research Software Projects. These classes will introduce participants to the basics of software project management with a focus on the projects commonly found in research settings. More>

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IT’s Soledad Toledano to Help Build, Manage Superfast Network at SC17

Toledano, a member of Berkeley Lab’s cyber security group, is one of six women who work in IT at research institutions around the U.S. chosen to participate in the “Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS)” program. She is helping to build and operate SCinet, the very high capacity network for the SC17 conference in November. More>

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Data Carpentry Workshop on August 7 and 8

This hands-on training teaches basic concepts, skills, and tools for working more effectively with data. The focus of this workshop — to be held all day on August 7 and 8 — will be genomics data, data management, and analysis for genomics research. To learn more and register, go here.

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