Students and faculty members received a taste of advanced technology on Creighton’s campus during the second annual technology test kitchen on March 4.

The Division of Information Technology and Library Services hosted the walk-in event to showcase new technologies to the Creighton community.

“The goal of the technology test kitchen is to simply offer the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to experience campus technologies and ask questions in a fun, low-stress environment,” said Shelley Schafer, the strategic communications lead for DoIT.

During the event, participants learned about different technologies such 3D printers, Solstice Pods and drones. Visitors also had the opportunity to test out some of the technology themselves, including a chance to drive the College of Nursing’s experimental telepresence robot or experience Augmented Reality (AR) with the RaDLab.

At noon, a “State of IT at Creighton” panel discussion was led by Tim Brooks, the Vice Provost for Information Technology. The panelists offered insight into the Division of Information Technology and Library Services internal operations, as well as future technology plans for the University.

Ryan Cameron, Assistant Vice Provost, told attendees about the IT department’s goal to improve technology efficiency and digital communication at Creighton. He also urged faculty and staff members to explore all features within their existing technologies before requesting new equipment.

“We’ve really been working intentionally to create a relationship management program through the entire campus community,” Cameron said. “[But] we need to make sure we’re using and reusing our systems to their maximum capacity.”

Bryan McLaughlin, Information Security Officer, also spoke on the panel. He discussed hacking and phishing scams through Creighton emails, which he called “a big issue here on campus.”

“A large majority of the attacks are social engineering attacks,” McLaughlin said. “It’s so much easier to ask you [for your password] or trick [you] into giving [scammers] access.”

McLaughlin also explained that phishing is an effective process for hackers because the email checking system that eliminates scams from external senders cannot easily detect internal compromise. To combat this, McLaughlin suggested launching security awareness trainings twice a year.

The Department of Information Technology made clear through their speeches that they are working to address all issues of technology on campus as well as provide opportunities for technology education.

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