Important Message for NCMS Users: Please Switch to Use Your AD Password to Login

The Network Connection Management System (NCMS) is a Web-based system that provides a single-stop for registration and maintenance of the network connection database of the campus network. The database contains data for wired network connections in the main campus and the Student Residences. It is open for use for the whole CityU community.

Please be informed that as a step forward to unify the passwords, from now on, staff and students should switch to use their AD password (i.e. the password for logging into the staff/student LANs) to log into the NCMS.

Should you have any queries, please contact the CSC Service Desk at 3442 8340 (staff) / 3442 6488 (students), or via email to csc.servicedesk@cityu.edu.hk.

IT/AV Equipment to Support Flipped Classroom and Mixed Teaching Mode

To support the mixed mode of teaching and learning on campus, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has planned to install additional IT and AV facilities in the central teaching venues.  The tentative and planned completion dates for the new equipment are summarized below:

Equipment

By 31 Oct 2020

By Mid-Nov 2020

In Nov 2020

USB Document camera for Online Teaching*

All central teaching venues

 

 

Tracking camera**

Lecture Theatres in YEUNG
(LT1-LT18)

- All 32 Lecture Theatres
- All Classrooms & Teaching Studios

 

Dual monitors

 

 

All Lecture Theatres, Classrooms, and Teaching Studios

* A video capture device connected to the lectern PC that allows paper handouts or hand-drawing to be shared via Zoom.
** A camera that enables tracking of speakers (teacher) while he/she moves in the teaching venue.

Should you have any questions, please contact the CSC Service Desk at 3442 8340, via email to csc.servicedesk@cityu.edu.hk, or through message to Microsoft Teams.

 

Centralized High Performance Computing (HPC)

To better utilize university resources, the University management has decided to set up a centralized HPC cluster under CSC’s management.  The centralized HPC is available for all departments, supporting teaching, learning and research needs. 

Along the line of this direction, some HPC facilities previously acquired by departments (with around 1,600 CPU cores, 12 double-precision and 8 single-precision GPU cards) are now managed by the CSC.  On top of this, new HPC facilities will be put in place in July 2020 which will increase the computational power to around 500 teraflops for CPU and 400 teraflops for GPU. 

Interested parties may contact the CSC at csc.servicedesk@cityu.edu.hk to indicate their needs and provide the list of desired applications.  The CSC will help evaluate if the applications can be run on the HPC environment.

 

Best Practices to Lower Your Personal IT Security Risks

Use of computer hardware and software carries inherent risks related to data privacy and security, data theft, and malicious changes to hardware or software.   To minimize personal risks, users are reminded to update their computer operating systems and applications, as well as mobile apps, to the latest compatible version so as to minimize vulnerabilities and achieve the highest level of protection.

You are advised to:

  • Update your software, web browsers and operating systems to the latest available compatible version;
  • Remove software that you no longer use in your computing devices;
  • Apply security patches to your software once they become available;
  • Avoid clicking on pop-ups, unknown emails, and dubious links;
  • Use strong passwords;
  • Enable firewall protection and install anti-virus software at work and at home;
  • Connect to trusted networks and secure Wi-Fi only;
  • Protect your data and backup your files;
  • Keep abreast of new IT developments by seeking education and training, and
  • Encrypt sensitive data when placing it on removable storage (e.g. USB sticks).

If you are conducting online meetings, you are also reminded to:

  • Password protect the meetings, and provide meeting passwords only to authorized users;
  • Require participants to login;
  • Reject anonymous users or require them to first stand-by in a “waiting room”;
  • Manage access to shared meeting content;
  • Chat mindfully and never share sensitive information in meetings until you are certain who is in attendance;
  • Avoid sharing files or clicking links in chat rooms;
  • Disable unnecessary features;
  • Lock your meeting (as host), if feasible, once all attendees have joined.

If you require any advice or assistance in updating your system, please contact the CSC Service Desk at 3442 8340 or email at csc.servicedesk@cityu.edu.hk.