This page lists the spotlights that were featured on the ISC homepage. The
purpose of the ISC spotlight is to feature new activities, initiatives,
and accomplishments undertaken by ISC that benefit or are of interest to
the Penn community at large. Typically, these activities are projects and
andinitiatives in which ISC partners with others at Penn.
Simple Best Practices Deter Cyber/Computer Threats (August 2013)
Computer (or cyber) security is in the popular press almost every day, from "Advanced Persistent Threats" to Chinese espionage to hacked Twitter accounts affecting the stock market. While the media coverage can be dramatic, most of the attacks rely on common tactics, such as phishing, vulnerabilities in vendor software, or malware delivered to an unpatched machine. The good news: these threats can be deterred by following relatively simple best practices and by implementing currently available technologies, according to Information Systems & Computing. ISC is excited about several information security initiatives taking place in FY14.
For more information, please visit the
PennCloud Rollout Scheduled for Spring (March 2013)
ISC is continuously seeking to expand our portfolio of cloud services that we offer to the Penn community. PennCloud, which is scheduled for rollout in the Spring, will be the latest addition. For more information, please visit the Computing News.
ISC's Service Catalog Now Available (March 2012)
ISC recently launched a web-based Service Catalog that provides a new way to access and request information about ISC's services. The Service Catalog gathers, in one location, information about all the services and resources ISC provides. For more information, please visit the Computing News.
ISC Delivers Mobile Apps: m.upenn.edu (April 21, 2011)
Information Systems & Computing is proud to deliver m.upenn.edu, a major initiative to provide a mobile culture to Pennís campus that will meet the needs of Pennís highly diverse and technology-demanding community for ďanytime/anywhere from any deviceĒ connectivity.
Mobile technology is transformational, reshaping the basic ways in which people live and communicate. Mobile technologies are evolving rapidly. Whether itís an iPad in a classroom, a GPS navigational system, or browsing the web and whether itís an iPhone, Droid, or Blackberry, Penn is a ďmobileĒ community. For more information, please visit the Computing News.
$99.6M Awarded In Stimulus Grant To Benefit Pennsylvania (March 2010)
Information Systems & Computingís MAGPI (Mid-Atlantic Gigapop for Internet 2) was instrumental in the award of a $99.6M grant to build a fiber optic cable network that will reach across Pennsylvania. For more information, please go to Computing News.
Penn Becomes First U.S. University to Deploy DNSSEC (DNS Security) (November 2009)
The University of Pennsylvaniaís Information Systems and Computing (ISC) division has announced its successful implementation institution-wide of Domain Name Security Extensions (DNSSEC) technology. The upenn.edu DNS zone was signed with DNSSEC in early August 2009. Penn is part of an Internet2 and Educause community of early adopters of DNSSEC technology and is the first U.S. university to implement institution-wide. To read more, please visit the Computing News.
Penn's ISC Ranks #4 in "Best Place to Work" in the U.S. (June 2009)
Computerworld Magazine has ranked Pennís Information Systems & Computing organization #4 nationally in its annual 100 Best Places To Work In IT survey. Computerworld has also ranked Pennís ISC the #1 employer for IT professionals in the Mid-Atlantic Region for the fifth consecutive year. To read more, please visit the
Computing News .
Regionís New Technology Forum Focuses On Cost Saving Opportunities (January 2009)
The new University City Technology Forum is comprised of universities, hospitals, professional organizations, vendors, and companies from the region. To learn more about the Forum, please visit the Computing Web News.
Penn Ranks in Top 20 Wired Colleges Survey (September 2008)
Penn has ranked 16th nationally in the annual Top 20 Wired Colleges survey conducted by The Princeton Review and reported in PC Magazine.†According to The Princeton Review, the rankings ďidentify the 20 universities and colleges whose tech offerings should be the envy of their peers.Ē†For more information, please visit the Computing Web News.
Computerworld Names ISC/Penn "Best Place to Work" in Mid-Atlantic, #6 in U.S (July 2008)
For the fourth consecutive year Computerworld Magazine named Information Systems & Computing/Penn the #1 employer for IT professionals in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the magazine’s annual 100 Best Places to Work in IT survey. In addition, ISC/Penn ranked #6 nationally in this survey, its highest ranking ever. To learn more, please visit the Computing Web News.
BEN Assets To Replace Property Management System (February 2008)
University wide rollout of BEN Assets, the new asset management system to replace the Property Management system, is scheduled for April. To learn more, please visit the Computing Web News.
ISCís Technology Training Services Offers New Learning Opportunities (December 2007)
ISCís Technology Training Services offers both on-campus and off-site technical courses. For more information, please visit Computing
Computerworld Names ISC Top Place For Third Year (July 2007)
Computerworld Magazine has named Information Systems & Computing the top place to work in IT in the Mid-Atlantic region for the third consecutive year and ranked ISC #8 nationwide. To learn more about the Computerworld Best Places to Work survey, please visit Computing Web News.
ISC Wins CIO Magazine's CIO 100 Award (June 2007)
Information Systems & Computing has been named a recipient of CIO Magazineís
CIO 100 Award for 2007. To learn more about how ISC won this award, please visit
Computing Web News. To learn more about ISC training, visit Computing
ISC Announces 3Q Stats (May 2007)
Information Systems & Computing provides for staff training in addition to normal academic education offered through the Universityís Tuition Benefit of up to six courses per year. To learn more about ISC training, visit Computing
ISC Collaborates with Penn Schools and Centers on Podcasts (March
Information Systems & Computing’s
Penn Video Network works with Alumni Relations and the Office of University
Communications to produce podcasts on a variety of topics. To learn more
about this project, visit Computing
Stand Up. Speak Up. Lend a Hand (December 2006)
Information Systems & Computing planned, led, and facilitated the kick-off
videoconference in a two-month project championed by 83-year-old Holocaust
survivor and human rights activist Gerda Weissmann Klein. To learn more about
this project, visit Computing
100 Best Places to Work in IT (July 2006)
Information Systems & Computing placed #1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region and
#9 nationally in Computerworld Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work in
IT survey. To learn more about how ISC/Penn was chosen, visit Computing
Business Continuity Exercise Aims for Fast Recovery if Disaster
happen if Penn’s IT data centers were totally unusable
as the result of a disaster? Information Systems & Computing led a 100+-person
business continuity exercise to ensure critical systems would be restored
quickly if a disaster strikes. To learn more about the exercise, visit
IT Staff Convention (May 2006)
More than 100 Penn IT staff from across the University participated in an
exciting IT Staff Convention sponsored by Information Systems & Computing.
To learn more about this special event, visit Computing
The CPUP Physician Payroll Integration Team (May 2005)
With a perfect end-product, the
CPUP Payroll Integration project is one of ISC’s most successful initiatives. Visit the Computing
Web News to
learn more about the CPUP Physician Payroll Integration Team and this remarkable
feat of perfection that is comparable to a golfer scoring a perfect hole-in-one.
ISC Wins CIO 100 Award (August 2004)
Information Systems & Computing has been named a recipient
of CIO Magazine’s 2004 CIO 100 Award. Visit the Computing
Web News to learn more about the award and nomination process.
Penn Responds to Information Security Threats (March
Protection. Detection. Response. These
three words are at the forefront of the University's vision to assure the
and integrity of Penn computers, data, and
networks. Visit the Computing
Web News and learn how ISC and the Network Planning
Task Force (NPTF) are working together to protect Penn users against security
U@Penn (September 2003)
convenient, secure, online access to personal payroll and benefit information
for all full-and-part employees paid from the University’s payroll
system. Rolled out in May 2002, U@Penn is a partnership between the Divisions
Human Resources, and ISC. Read
about U@Penn features and benefits in the Almanac,
or log into U@Penn and
start keeping up-to-date with your payroll and benefits information now!