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Meltdown and Spectre Security Vulnerabilities
You may have heard the recent news about Meltdown and Spectre, two new vulnerabilies affecting nearly all modern computers and mobile devices. There isn't any evidence that these vulnerabilities are actively being exploited yet. However, all computers affected should be patched as soon as possible in order to prevent the risk of this vulnerability leading to the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive data on your computer (such as passwords and personally identifiable information).
Most SAS computers are patched and managed by SAS Computing, and their patches are kept up to date as patching status is monitored on an ongoing basis by SAS Computing staff. Read more...
Some of our featured initiatives for the 2017–2018 academic year may be useful in your courses.
- Zoom for web conferencing;
- Respondus Lockdown Browser, a web browser for taking tests;
- Matlab and Mathematica;
- Office 365 for students;
- PollEverywhere for in-class polling with mobile devices;
- and other resources for teaching.
“Computer processing is involved in every aspect of knowledge-generating activity, including data access, data integration, data provenance, as well as visualization, modeling, and theorizing.”
-Prof. Junhyong Kim, Penn Program in Single Cell Biology
Computing plays a growing role in research across all the disciplines in the School of Arts and Sciences, from electronic text corpora, to genomic analysis, to economic modeling and beyond. Research computation can deal with vast amounts of data on a previously unimaginable scale and can quickly perform iterations or parallel operations that would previously have taken weeks. SAS Computing can help guide researchers to choose and use the research tools that are best suited to their particular needs.
Our new website, “Information Technology for Research,” provides an introduction to the research services and resources that are available from SAS Computing.