CAS Computing News

Ransomware Threat:  Steps to Protect your Information

On Saturday, October 7th, UAlbany's systems were targeted by an EternalBlue attack by an overseas source.  EternalBlue is often used as an initial attack for WannaCry ransomware.  Due to the vigilance of the ITS Security team, no major harm was done.  Please read this article for instructions on how to avoid being a victim of such an attack.

CAS Computing has moved

CAS Computing is now located in BI 001.  Please come visit and see our new space!!

Software Center gives users the ability to install/upgrade software on Windows computers

CAS Computing is now using Microsoft's Software Center to make software available for faculty and staff to self-install on Windows computers.  Instructions are available on the Tutorials page. 

SPSS is now available at no cost for University owned computers

SPSS is available at no cost for installation on University owned computers in the College of Arts and Sciences.  There are a few limitations when using the no cost concurrent license over an individual license.  Details and installation instructions are available here

PaperCut and Multi-Function Printers

The college has purchased Papercut software that will allow CAS Computing to centrally manage the use of printers and supported multi-function printers. Papercut is a replacement for PrintManager for reports on departmental printer use. Please email CAS Computing at cascomp@albany.edu if you would like to run reports on the use of the printers and/or MFPs in your department.

In the past, CAS Computing did not support the scanning function of MFPs due to the lack of centralized support. Papercut allows CAS Computing to remotely configure the scanning function on MFPs supported by Papercut. MFPs currently on campus will need to purchase a Papercut license at a cost of approximately $600. Yearly maintenance and renewal is $180. Contact CAS Computing at cascomp@albany.edu if you would like to add Papercut functionality to your current MFP.

If your department is planning on purchasing a new MFP, Toshiba is on state contract and add-ons can be purchased for Papercut. Pricing for Toshiba MFPs including Papercut licensing can be found here. If you plan on purchasing another brand of MFP, many can support Papercut with add-ons at a cost similar to what was mentioned above.

CAS Computing will now support the scanning function of MFPs that support Papercut. The department is responsible for the purchase and yearly maintenance of the Papercut license. The PC Service Center will not repair MFPs so a maintenance contract is still required. Email cascomp@albany.edu if you have additional questions or concerns.