faculty & staff

Drupal Approved Modules

The School of Arts and Sciences Information Security and Unix Systems regularly audits Drupal modules to ensure security and stability.

Symfony2 Application Security Guidelines

Symfony2 Application Developer Security Guidelines

Author: Ubani Balogun

Local Support Providers

Here is a list of local support providers (LSPs) for departments, program, centers, and institutes in SAS.

Respondus Lockdown Browser PIlot Program: A Secure Browser for Online Tests & Quizzes.

Many faculty want students to use computers for taking quizzes or tests, but also want to prevent access to the internet or other resources during the test. The Respondus Lockdown Browser is a special web browser that students can use when taking tests in Canvas.   Once a test is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading; they are unable to access other web sites or programs. The Lockdown Browser is intended for use in on-campus, proctored settings.

Phishing Attempt Claims Library Account Expired

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Doug Smullens of the University Library reports that faculty members are receiving fraudulent emails warning that their Penn Library accounts have expired. The email is an attempt to obtain your password!

NEVER DISCLOSE YOUR PASSWORD.

The End of Blackboard at Penn

The Blackboard course management system is longer be available. Neither students nor instructors are able to log in. All sites are archived for future use.

Blackboard Phaseout Nearly Complete

Our transition from Blackboard to Canvas is approaching its final stages. Blackboard will no longer be available as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014.

Two-Step Verification

Two-step authentication is now available for PennKey users! All of SAS staff and faculty are encouraged to opt in. It's easy, and it dramatically increases the security of your PennKey protected accounts. Follow this link to opt in.

Guidelines for Secure Input Filters

As stated in the Drupal configuration pages, "Improper text format configuration is a security risk." 

Moving materials from a Blackboard course site into Canvas

As of 5:00pm on May 30, 2014, you can no longer be able to log in to Blackboard.

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