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About David Sweeney

David Sweeney is currently Director of Information Technology for the Division of Student Affairs, Texas A&M University in College Station. David is also immediate past chair of the university's IT Advisory Committee. David lives in Millican, Texas with his family, enjoys scouting and homebrewing, and one day hopes to visit Nepal.

We’re Hiring

We're currently hiring for the following positions: Job Description: The Division of Student Affairs IT is looking to fill a part-time student application developer position. This position will provide assistance to full-time software application developers in the development of custom PHP applications. Duties: Work closely with architects, senior developers, business analysts and development [...]

By |2019-08-28T09:56:28-05:00August 1st, 2019|Jobs|0 Comments

Meltdown and Spectre

What is it? Meltdown and Spectre are two closely related security vulnerabilities that affect virtually all computers in the world. They stem from a flaw in the design of computer processors. The flaw has been present for years, but the discovery and exploit of the flaw was only just revealed last week (1/3/2018). Meltdown and [...]

By |2018-01-26T15:19:16-06:00January 9th, 2018|Cybersecurity|0 Comments

Cybersecurity Panel Provides Good Insights

DoIT recently sponsored an event for Cybersecurity Month in cooperation with the Brazos Valley Project Manager's Institute and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) - a panel of local experts who talked about how got into a career in cybersecurity. Scott Smith from BTU actually started off playing baseball, while Jose Quintana got into cybersecurity at [...]

By |2018-01-26T15:19:17-06:00October 19th, 2017|Cybersecurity|0 Comments

Ransomware is BIG Business

Higher education has been targeted by the booming business of ransomware. Ransomware is, "...computer malware that installs covertly on a victim's computer, executes a cryptovirology attack that adversely affects it, and demands a ransom payment to restore it. Simple ransomware may lock the system in a way which is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to [...]

By |2018-01-26T15:19:17-06:00August 1st, 2016|Cybersecurity|0 Comments

Two-Factor Authentication

Examples of account compromises are on the rise. Weak passwords are one culprit. Phishing (social engineering) scams are also rampant. Even programs such as key loggers which record the keystrokes you type and then relay the information to a third party who extracts out the resource and credentials are common. In this day and age, [...]

By |2018-01-26T15:19:18-06:00June 4th, 2015|Stories|0 Comments

When Outsourcing Goes Wrong

Recently, we helped one of our departments (who shall remain nameless) identify an external vendor to help them with a website design. We were in the middle of an active development cycle and didn't have time to do the project for them. And so we were acting in the capacity of a consultant, whose responsibility [...]

By |2018-01-26T15:19:18-06:00April 13th, 2015|Stories|0 Comments

Storied Past Meets New Technology

There's a great new service offered by TAMU Libraries. They have digitized the entire collection of Aggieland yearbooks and put them online, in searchable format with a nice browsing interface. Looking through the old yearbooks, reading their editorials and letters, one can get the sense of how our predecessors lived in Aggieland. Browsing the first [...]

By |2018-01-26T15:19:18-06:00April 6th, 2015|Stories|0 Comments

EmpowerID Service to Be Retired

The EmpowerID service will be retired on May 1, 2015 which means you will need to use other preferred methods to reset and change passwords.  For password resets, most users are contacting the DoIT Service Desk and moving forward this will be the preferred method to reset a forgotten password. For password changes, the [...]

By |2019-03-01T10:42:47-06:00March 31st, 2015|Service Changes|0 Comments

New IT Site

Central IT recently launched a new IT site (http://it.tamu.edu/). This is a complete redesign of the old AVPIT suite of sites into a clean, slick, visually appealing, completely responsive website, designed with usability in mind. The communications team really outdid themselves with this one.  I especially like the Services "A to Z" link which allows [...]

By |2015-03-24T22:13:06-05:00March 24th, 2015|Stories|0 Comments

Humans Need Not Apply

This is a very intriguing video about the consequences of smarter and more numerous robots. The end of the video, where the author outlines an argument for those industries which will be hit the hardest, is scary.

By |2015-03-16T14:13:43-05:00March 16th, 2015|Stories|0 Comments