With the release of UCS@school 4.1 R2, Univention’s IT solution for schools has two new additional functions for the central management of digital identities and authorizations. UCS@school now allows teaching staff and pupils to use their accounts at various schools. And stored school administration data can now be automatically imported into the identity management system. These new functions significantly reduce the maintenance costs of managing the identities and authorizations of pupils and teaching staff. With these two new features, UCS@school increases its creative, centralized, cost effective IT management of applications and digital identity in schools.
The threat posed by ransomware such as Locky and other malware has been a hot topic on and off in the media for months now. In a number of cases, including some rather more prominent ones, hackers have managed and continue to manage to infect their victims’ files with malware, which encrypts them to the point where they can no longer be used – the files are only made available again once a “ransom” has been paid. The more accesses the user in question has, the higher the damage: if possible, files on servers in the network are also “captured”.
A great deal has already been written on the topic. At this point, I would like – albeit very subjectively – to introduce a couple of approaches for how to protect yourself against such attacks.
UCR is the central tool for the management of the local system configuration of a UCS-based system. It releases you from the manual editing of sensitive configuration files.
In this video tutorial we explain how you can easily administrate your local system configuration in Univention Corporate Server via Univention Configuration Registry (UCR).
When it comes to network security, one of the greatest security gaps is still the “human factor”, especially through private Internet use at the work place. In addition to private e-mails, the ever increasing reach of social networks is currently representing a great challenge. Viruses and other malware from the web seek out exactly these weaknesses. Attacks increase on a daily base and businesses in all industries and of all sizes, must implement ever more sophisticated standards for protection.
All public educational institutions throughout Switzerland will now have access to the simple and economical open source solution offered by Univention GmbH. That is the content of a framework agreement between educa.ch, the Swiss Media Institute for Education and Culture, and the software company based in Bremen. Thanks to this agreement Swiss schools now have an additional alternative to the existing proprietary solutions.
SuiteCRM offers a large number of functions and fields of application. Thanks to the integration in UCS you can also profit from the benefits of UCS’ identity management as SuiteCRM’s user and role administration is directly performed via the Univention management system.
Once again we are awarding the Univention Graduate Prize amounting to 3,500 Euro for dissertations that contribute in particular to the wider usage of Open Source software. A first-rate panel of experts comprising Open Source specialists from Fujitsu, Bosch, Lufthansa Systems, and DB Systel as well as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the online news portal Pro-Linux.de will judge all the entries on their suitability for use and innovation.