Ransomware is a category of malicious software that is becoming increasingly widespread. It differs from other kinds of malicious software in that its primary purpose is to render the victim's data files unusable (typically by encrypting them) until a "ransom" in difficult-to-trace virtual currency such as Bitcoin is paid. Organizations all over the world, including hospitals, police departments, and universities, have fallen victim to ransomware attacks. Affected systems to date have included Windows workstations and servers, Macs, linux workstations and servers, unpatched wiki or blog software, Android phones, and any data volumes these devices are able to access (e.g., external hard drives, network drives or file servers).
For advice on how to protect yourself from ransomware, please visit http://imss.caltech.edu.
Caltech prohibits the use, possession and storage of hoverboards, hands-free segways, and self-balancing scooters (collectively "hoverboards") on campus and in campus-owned or controlled buildings.
When safety standards can be developed and implemented by the manufacturers, this prohibition will be revisited.
Save the date for an Amazon Web Services (AWS) event on Wednesday, April 13th from 9:30AM to 11:30 AM in Beckman Institute Auditorium. IMSS will be hosting representatives from AWS to speak about how to cost effectively add more compute resources. RSVP HERE
AWS SPOT: Cost Effectively Add More Compute Resources
With Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can spin up EC2 compute capacity on demand with no upfront commitments. You can do this even more cost effectively by using Amazon EC2 Spot Instances to bid on spare Amazon EC2 computing capacity. This allows users to get 90% off on demand prices (often as little as 1c per core hour) and has helped them run very large scale workloads cost effectively. For example, at USC a computational chemist spun up 156,000 core in three days. Also, with the recent release of the Spot fleet API, a researcher or scientist can easily have access to some of the most cost effective compute capacity at a very large scale. Learn how to effectively use these tools for your research needs.
When: April 13, 9:30-11:30am. (Option to schedule office hours afterwards to discuss your particular workload.)
Where: Beckman Institute Auditorium
John Lilley, IMSS Lead System Administrator, will talk about how he uses the Spot market for Caltech research workloads
Dmitry Pushkarev, CTO of EC2 Spot for AWS
Boyd McGeachie, EC2 Spot Business Development Manager
Caltech Human Resources is once again sponsoring the annual Adopt an Angel Program, which provides holiday gifts for children of poverty-level families in the San Gabriel Valley area.
Come to the Human Resources office between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pick up a decorated paper angel bearing the name of a needy child, along with his or her special wish list, age, clothing size, and interests.
Unwrapped gifts with the paper angel attached should be delivered to the Human Resources office by Friday, December 11.
The Angel Program is affiliated with the Foothill Unity Center, a nonprofit organization that provides critical support in the form of food, clothing, motel vouchers, referrals, and advocacy for people in crisis who reside in the San Gabriel Valley area.
For more information, contact Diane Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-395-8055.
United Way is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways out of poverty to improve the quality of life for all in Los Angeles County.
By electing to donate, you can choose to support the following Caltech affiliates or designate an agency of your choice:
We also encourage you to explore how contributing to the United Way's "Creating Pathways Out of Poverty" fund can help those in need.
Pledge online by going to www.access.caltech.edu and clicking on "United Way"
If you need assistance with pledging or want to know the name of your department/division United Way Ambassador, email Amy Click or call (626) 395-1745.
This year's annual benefits enrollment will be from October 26 to November 13.
Please come to the annual Benefits Fair on October 28 from 8:30am to 3:00pm to get your flu shot and learn about the 2016 benefit plans we are offering to help you stay physically and financially well.
Information will be posted on the Benefits website.
IMSS offers an affordable, on-demand High Performance Computing (HPC) service. This cloud-based service provides faculty and research groups the opportunity to run HPC simulations on an IMSS-supported platform without expending the resources required to build and maintain dedicated, physical HPC infrastructure.
On-demand HPC features include:
- Access to 4000+ cores
- Over 60 HPC applications installed (FEA, CFD, Life Sciences, Weather forecasting and more)
- Non-virtualized "bare-metal" execution for optimal performance
- Fast CPUs and GPUs
For more information, see https://www.imss.caltech.edu/help/hpc.
Due to a change in location, Restorative Recess will be cancelled beginning September 11, 2015 and will resume on September 21, 2015. More information will available in the coming weeks.
P-Card Services is excited to announce all current P-Cards will be replaced with a CHIP and PIN card. The new cards contain an embedded microchip that holds encrypted information, making it extremely difficult for the card to be counterfeited or copied. The cards can be used at both CHIP and non-CHIP terminals. For further details, please click the link below: https://procurement.caltech.edu/departments/purchasinghome/pcardhome
Travel Services is very happy to announce it has partnered with a travel management company to become Caltech's new preferred travel agency. CORPORATE TRAVEL PLANNERS, INC. (CTP) joins Caltech with extensive higher education experience, almost 25 years of travel-related knowledge, and the lowest booking fees Caltech has ever negotiated! Beginning Tuesday, September 1st we hope you will give them a try and book your next Caltech business trip with CTP. For more information, please visit the Travel Services website.
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