Cool Solutions – Guacamole…Not Just a Dip!

What are “Cool Solutions”?

Cool Solutions is the name we use to describe Univention solutions which expand UCS with practical, advantageous functions and are also sometimes employed by our customers. These solutions are regularly presented in the Univention Wiki in the form of Cool Solutions articles.

In a new series of articles, we want to introduce you to the five most popular “Cool Solutions” over the next few weeks. Today we are starting with Guacamole – and no, we don’t mean the tasty Mexican dip this time.

New Release of UCS@school Simplifies the Central Management of User Accounts

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With the release of UCS@school 4.1 R2, we have equipped our IT solution for schools with two new additional functions for the central management of digital identities and authorizations. From now on, UCS@school 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 of UCS. These new functions significantly reduce the maintenance efforts of managing the identities and authorizations of pupils and teaching staff. With these two new features we increased UCS@school’s standing as a solution for creative, centralized, and cost effective IT management of applications and digital identities in schools.

Protection Against Ransomware – a Subjective Overview

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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.

Private Internet use requires clear rules

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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.

Bye Bye Active Directory Password Service

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Long before Samba became compatible with Active Directory (Version 4.0, 2011), the UCS AD Connector has already been implemented to build a bridge between UCS’ OpenLDAP-based identity management system and native Microsoft Active Directory domains. Indeed, the UCS AD Connector formed the starting point for the design of the S4 connector employed in UCS today internally to synchronize OpenLDAP with Samba/AD.

Univention Graduate Prize 2016: Submit Your Dissertations on Open Source Topics Now

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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.

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