Emory Information Security wins national award

Accepting the award for Emory were (L to R): Vinh Nguyen, Andy Efting, Brad Sanford, and Graydon Kirk.

Emory’s Duo Two Factor Authentication Project was just named Information Security Project of the Year for North America in the Academic/Public Sector Category.

The project beat out competing projects from organizations like Harvard University, the United Nations, the Cook County (Chicago) Department of Homeland Security, and others.

“I am very excited about this achievement,” said Brad Sanford, LITS Chief Information Security Officer. “This project involved massive collaboration throughout the enterprise and a lot of hard work from some very talented people.” He thanked the team this week for their efforts in making the project a success.

LITS employees who worked on the effort included Anne Marie Alexander, Chris Alexander, Danny Bridges, Joel Burke, Michael Chilcott, Mo Davidson, Darrell Durggin, Andy Efting, Gerry Hall, Rose Harris, Elliot Kendall, Graydon Kirk, Kaven Moodley, Wade Moricle, Vinh Nguyen, Daniel Palmer, James Reed, Dean Schuh, Derek Spransy, Vince Tran, Haniya Vaid, and Tom Vincent, as well as a host of other leaders and executives.

The technical lead on the project was Andy Efting and Derek Spransy was the co-lead. “I’d also like to recognize the work Graydon Kirk did as project manager,” says Sanford.

You can read more about the event here and see a video here.

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IT Briefing needs your feedback

Jay Flanagan presenting at the IT Briefing.

We are conducting a survey regarding the LITS IT Briefing. A mainstay of Emory IT for over 17 years, the IT Briefing is a monthly collection of speakers regarding various IT projects. Members of the broader IT community at Emory are invited to attend and ask questions of the subject matter experts who present. The IT Briefing is sponsored by John Ellis.

This survey is an effort to improve the IT Briefing. If you have recently presented at or attended one of these briefings, we would love your feedback in this short survey. You will be asked to rate various aspects of the event and for your honest opinions regarding improvements and future presentations you would like to see.

You can take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7288VGX.

Your responses will be anonymous.

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Join the LITS Wellness Committee

The LITS Wellness Committee is looking for new members. Emory and LITS leadership considers wellness initiatives an important part of our community and encourages the promotion of health. To help cultivate a culture of wellness, we are looking for individuals interested in serving on the LITS Wellness Committee.

We are looking for folks with a passion for wellness, whether that relates to physical health and fitness, emotional and mental wellbeing, healthy eating and diet—all are welcome.

The LITS Wellness Committee meets once a month to discuss, develop, and implement wellness initiatives in all LITS locations.

If you are interested in serving on the LITS Wellness Committee, please contact me at dorothy [dot] waugh [at] emory [dot] edu, subject = LITS Wellness Committee

Please also feel free to get in touch if you have specific ideas about future Wellness Committee initiatives.

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Essandoh Abaidoo, Informatics Analyst II, Lab Informatics

“I like the pace and that there is a lot more consensus building.” – Essandoh Abaidoo

Essandoh Abaidoo (pronounced eh-SAN-doh ah-BAY-doh) is the newest informatics analyst to join UIT. He used to work as a LabWare consultant at Certified Labs and spent eleven years at Forest Laboratories, where he was a network administrator and a senior systems analyst.

A native of Willingboro, NJ, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry\molecular biology from Stockton University. He also has an ITIL certification.

Essandoh spends most of his free time with his wife and two kids, one 3 and one about to turn 2. He also likes to play soccer and do photography.

“Life at Emory is much different than the corporate environment I am used to,” says Essandoh. “I like the pace and that there is a lot more consensus building.”

You can reach him at essandoh [dot] abaidoo [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Lisa Hamlett, Applications Support Analyst II, Core Systems

“It’s nice to have the opportunity to do something more.” – Lisa Hamlett

Lisa Hamlett was recently promoted into the Core Systems Team under Library Technology and Digital Strategies after spending seven years as the supervisor for data and qualitymanagement on the Stacks Team in Woodruff Library. In that role, she coordinated physical item transfers between the General Libraries on-site and off-site collections, managed quality control processes for the Stacks Team, and did analytics for multiple departments within the Emory libraries.

Before her stacks work, Lisa spent over two years as a collections manager for MARBL. She also worked in the stacks as an undergraduate at Emory.

Raised in Crossville, TN, Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory. She also minored in German Studies.

Lisa is very outdoorsy and enjoys hiking and camping in her free time. “Being from rural Tennessee, the city stresses me out sometimes and I like to get away to the mountainswhenever I can,” says Lisa.

“A lot of this work I was already doing,” says Lisa regarding her new role, “but this positiongives me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills as well as to discover new challenges. It’s nice to have the opportunity to do something more.”

You can reach her at lhamlet [at] emory [dot] edu.


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Sean Mann, Product Manager, Product Management

“It’s been a lot of fun learning from (the Product Management Team).” – Sean Mann

Sean Mann is a new product manager after moving over from the School of Medicine, where he spent almost five years as an educational analyst working with residency programs. He was a senior program services manager for three years at Special Olympics GA. He was also a high school economics teacher.

Born in Snellville, GA, Sean earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of West Georgia and his master’s in instructional technology at Georgia Southern.

Sean is an avid soccer player (midfielder) and likes to garden and fish. He and his wife, Leslie Mann (who also works for Emory), have an 18-month-old son.

“Being in LITS and the Product Management Team is great,” says Sean. “It’s been a lot of fun learning from these folks.”

You can reach him at sean [dot] p [dot] mann [at] emory [dot] edu.

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LITS recent headlines and upcoming events

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Recent LITS headlines:

Upcoming LITS events:

(go HERE for more information for each event)

  • November 20 – Event: Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter, and the Politics of Belonging, 12:00-1:30 pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Library
  • November 23-24 – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 14 – LEAF Holiday Party, 12:00-2:00 pm, Matheson Reading Room, Candler Library
  • December 20 – LITS Holiday Party, 3:30-6:30 pm, Math and Computer Science Atrium
  • December 25-26 – Christmas Break
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