By Zoe Claire Hayden

Free Document Shredding for Information Security Awareness Week

October 6th, 2014 in Event, Information Security, News

Oct. 8 Information Security Awareness Week – Free Document Shredding
This message is from: Quinn Shamblin / Executive Director of Information Security

Wednesday, Oct. 8
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Talbot Building Green

As part of the Fourth Annual Information Security Awareness Week, BU Information Security will be bringing a shredding truck to locations around BU. We will be accept your sensitive documents (both personal and work) and ensure they are immediately shredded. If you have any paper containing sensitive information, CDs or old floppy disks that you would like to have destroyed, bring them that day. BUMC IT will also help you dispose of old computer hard drives, or even entire computers or laptops.

BUMC IT Windows XP Upgrade Initiative

March 19th, 2014 in Changes, News

BUMC IT is beginning a project to upgrade as many University-owned machines as possible from Windows XP to Windows 7, since support will end on Windows XP from Microsoft on April 8, 2014.  XP machines will still function, but they will no longer receive critical patches from Microsoft, including security updates, making these machines vulnerable.  We are beginning an initiative to reach out to members of the community who have Windows XP computers so we can evaluate them and begin the upgrade process.  If you have questions about this project, please feel free to call the Service Desk at 617-638-5914.

To find out if you are running Windows XP, visit the following link from Microsoft:

If you are running Windows XP, we now have a form available for you to fill out that will help us prepare to consult you about your upgrade: Windows XP Upgrade Request

ServiceNow announcement

November 26th, 2013 in New Service, News

On December 8th, Boston University Medical Campus IT will begin using a new ticketing system called ServiceNow, which will improve the way the IT Service Desk receives and handles requests from the community.

Many things will remain the same.  Faculty and staff can still submit tickets online at or via email to  And, as always, you can call x8-5914 to submit a request over the phone.  You will still receive updates to your tickets via email and be able to respond to those emails in order to communicate directly with the IT staff assigned to your ticket.  Emails you receive from BUMC IT's ticketing system will look different and contain new ticket numbers beginning with INC.  They should be readily distinguishable as legitimate emails and contain information that is familiar to you.  Look below this text for examples.  If you are concerned whether an email is legitimate, don't hesitate to contact us.

With ServiceNow, BUMC IT will be using the same system as the Charles River Campus IT Help Center, which will aid us in communication between campuses regarding both university-wide IT issues and requests that impact single users.

We look forward to the improvements that ServiceNow is going to bring to our department.  We appreciate your patience as we begin this transition.  If you have any questions or feedback about ServiceNow, please feel free to contact us.  Our hours are 8:30AM to 5PM.  We can be reached at x8-5914,, or by walking in to our office at 801 Massachusetts Avenue (Crosstown), Suite 485.

Here are some sample tickets for your reference, so you can see what ServiceNow ticket updates look like in your email.

When a ticket is created, you will receive the following notification:



When a ticket is resolved, you will see the following notification:


BUMC IT offers Qualtrics training

February 11th, 2013 in Event, New Service, News, Training

BUMC Information Technology is excited to offer instructor lead training for Qualtrics Online Survey Software.

BUMC staff and faculty can choose from class at 2-3pm or 3:15-4:15pm, Wednesday February 13th.  Training will take place in L213 at the School of Medicine, 72 E. Concord St.

Qualtrics Survey Software is a new BUMC service that enables BUMC staff and faculty to create custom web-based surveys for data collection and analysis to support teaching and research at BU. If you would like to learn more about Qualtrics, choose from one of the two intro sessions. The course will be taught by a Qualtrics instructor.

Please reserve your spot by clicking the following link:

If you have any questions feel free to contact the BUMC IT Service Desk at 617-638-5914.