Notices & Bulletins

Notices or bulletins contain important information regarding services offered by University Systems. These may include campus communications regarding changes to services or new service offerings, notification of large-scale planned outages, or recommendations on newly released software. Select any of the messages below to learn more.

M365 Email for students available now

University Systems is excited to announce the launch of a new student focused service—Microsoft 365 Email for Students. This service delivers students email accounts within Microsoft 365 accounts and includes features that haven’t been offered with UVic student email accounts before like calendaring, a curated address list of UVic student services, integration with the Microsoft 365 suite of tools like Teams, OneDrive, To-Do, Duo multi-factor authentication protection, and more.

Update your Zoom client

Zoom regularly releases new versions of the Zoom Client to add features, resolve issues, and patch security vulnerabilities. To ensure you are protected against vulnerabilities in the Zoom Client and can use the latest features of Zoom in your online meetings, UVic will be implementing a minimum version requirement of 5.8.4 for all UVic Zoom accounts on December 22, 2021.

NVivo available to faculty members and graduate students

We are excited to announce that NVivo is now available to all faculty members and graduate students! NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software package that allows for data to be organized according to user-defined themes, keywords or classification schemes. Complex data can be queried allowing connections to be made enabling robust argumentation, visualization and theorizing on the basis of empirical evidence.

UVic Endpoint Protection

Endpoint protection software, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MSDE), is mandatory on all university computers as part of our Information Security Standards and is available free of charge for all UVic faculty and staff using UVic-owned Windows, Mac, and Linux workstations. The previous standard endpoint protection software, Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP), will no longer receive software updates as of August 30, 2021. You must transition to MSDE before this date to ensure your computer remains protected.

Simulated Phishing Training

University Systems will start simulated phishing training for UVic email accounts in February 2021. Simulated Phishing Training is a recognized approach for cybersecurity awareness and training to reduce risks associated with phishing. Simulated Phishing Training consists of generating emails that resemble real phishing emails we have received, and sending 3-4 such simulated phishing emails to UVic email accounts on a monthly basis.