Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) provides CU and all its affiliates with central computing and communications services such as email, Internet access, telephone service, Web publishing, computer labs and electronic classrooms, all office and administrative applications and is responsible for the management of the high-speed university network. The network has become as important for accessing published books and journal articles as our libraries. It also provides faculty with access to research sites like Internet2, CERN Large Hadron Collider network, National Lamba Rail (NLR), and NY State Grid. The network uses state-of-the-art network security systems. An actively managed firewall and intrusion detection system monitors and blocks all suspect inbound and outbound network traffic; sophisticated E-mail filtering receives, detects and refuses over a million spam, virus, "phishing", and other unwanted emails daily. In addition, for data security the University provides VPN network access for off-campus faculty and staff as well as secure file servers with hourly snap-shot back-ups and off-site file storage.
The Mailman School of Public Health maintains its own Office of Information Technology and Online Resources. This group works in conjunction with CUIT, and provides hands-on technical support for School faculty and staff where CUIT services leave off.
This office has eight full-time employees. The group provides a limited range of computing services, which include:
- Desktop PC & Mac support and troubleshooting
- Server support and administration for the School’s Web site and administrative file server
- Website consulting and application development
- Consulting on computer, peripherals, and software purchases for educational use.
Faculty and staff are equipped with Dell systems with standard configurations and the School’s technology unit ensures that licensed software is up to date with most current antivirus programs. Quantitative data analysis programs are available to the Columbia University (CU) community, including Arc GIS and Atlas TI is available for qualitative data analysis; the most recent version is installed on each investigator’s computer.
The School has also has three public spaces equipped with wireless and video conferencing equipment available to faculty and staff-- two conference rooms (tenth and fifth floors) and the new auditorium (8th floor) equipped with wireless network access and state of the art video conferencing equipment.