Ransomware attacks target UC Berkeley researchers

As seen during the UCSF incident, attackers are targeting both systems and individuals using tactics like spear phishing and exploitation of Remote Desktop Protocols. If you are running outdated or unpatched operating systems, the risk to your systems and data is especially critical. (e.g., Windows XP, Windows 7, macOS 10.12 and below). Here are some ways to protect your data.

Introducing the Secure Research Data and Compute (SRDC) Platform

Research IT and our partners are pleased to introduce the Secure Research Data and Compute (SRDC) Platform, a new campus service designed for researchers working with highly sensitive data. A secure virtual machine (VM) environment is available now, and additional capabilities including a secure High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster and secure storage will be available in the coming months. The SRDC Platform provides a baseline amount of capacity at no cost to campus researchers thanks to strategic support from campus leadership.

Holistic Research Support at UC Berkeley: a Library and Research IT collaboration

Libraries have historically served as a hub for access to technology by providing publicly available computers with access to the Internet and workshops on technology topics. Academic libraries Research IT commonly house their own internal information technology (IT) team to serve unique needs in acquisition, resource management, access, discovery, and preservation of research materials. However, these internal teams are not designed to address the technical needs of researchers, like developing data management plans and advising on storage. As a result, there is often a separation between services available through the library and services provided by central and research IT organizations. As research from across disciplines is becoming more data and computationally intense, these two campus communities have an opportunity to collaborate on comprehensive research services for students and researchers.

UC Berkeley Cloud Computing Meetup Now Virtual

UC Berkeley research labs have been at the forefront of the design and planning for much of today's cloud computing industry. There are many more examples across campus of teams using, running, and facilitating access to cloud based systems including those that support the teaching of data science using platforms like Jupyterhub (also developed at UC Berkeley).

Research IT and Partners Host Women in Data Science Berkeley Conference

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Berkeley Conference took place on March 2, 2020, and was sponsored by Research IT, the Berkeley iSchool, CITRIS & the Banatao Institute, and the Division of Data Science, Computing, and Society. WiDS Berkeley is a satellite event associated with the Women in Data Science conference at Stanford. This was the third year that UC Berkeley hosted a WiDS event and it featured a mixture of live Berkeley events - including a keynote, tech talks, a panel, lunch, and reception - and streaming content from the Stanford conference. 


Research IT Consultations Are Moving Online During Campus Response To Coronavirus

Effective March 11, 2020: In response to the actions that campus is taking to help limit coronavirus (COVID-19) risk, we in Research IT are moving most of our consultations online. This includes Research Data Management consultations as well as those for our Berkeley Research Computing services (Savio, AEoD, and Cloud).

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Patrick Schmitz to retire: Research IT Associate Director and BRC Program Manager

Patrick Schmitz

Research IT’s Associate Director and BRC Program Manager Patrick Schmitz will retire from his role at UC Berkeley after twelve years of visionary and foundational contribution to supporting computationally- and data-intensive research on the campus he first joined as an undergraduate in 1978.