If you’ve heard about Banner 9, you likely thought it was just another routine upgrade
to Banner. According to vendor Ellucian, however, it “is no ordinary upgrade.
With more MTSU systems using single sign-on (SSO) services, it has never been more
important to protect your MTSU account from unauthorized access. SSO services make
it easier to access MTSU systems using a common user name and password. However, this
also means the risk associated with a compromised user name and password significantly
increases. Phishing attacks, malware, and social engineering constantly target the
University population with the intent of stealing users’ credentials to gain unauthorized
access to MTSU systems. While users should always create strong passwords to protect
against unauthorized access, passwords alone are simply no longer a sufficient means
of authentication. As a result, MTSU now offers Multi-factor Authentication services to protect your MTSU account. This means systems using SSO services will
require a second factor of authentication in addition to a password. So if hackers
compromise your password, they would still need a second factor, like your phone,
to complete an authentication request.
MTSU Network Services is continually updating the campus wired network. Projects include expanding the inter-building fiber network, adding additional port connectivity in specific buildings, and upgrading older equipment no longer capable of supporting the demand for more bandwidth and security. Each year, TAF and ITD fund upgrades on selected buildings that need network improvements. Over the last two years there has also been major changes to the core network by adding network electronics that work together to create redundant building connectivity with 40Gbps interconnections. The wireless core network was also upgraded in anticipation of additional wireless traffic generated by the expansion of wireless networking in all campus buildings.
MTSU Network Services is continuing an expansive project to provide complete wireless network coverage to the main campus. The project began with the College of Education receiving the first wireless upgrade in support of several student success initiatives in that building. Each room was surveyed to determine if the current wireless coverage was adequate in terms of signal strength and call capacity. The data was then modeled in special software, pinpointing the exact locations of where wireless access points were needed throughout the building to meet the new performance standards of MTSU Networking Services. Through funding provided by the Information Technology Division, the College of Education Building wireless network was completed, providing enhanced coverage and excellent capacity to handle many more wireless devices, including smartphones, laptops, and tablets.