Save the date for LEAP! event and SCA Program details

On behalf of the PATH Committee and our co-chairs Shoba Mallik and Keith Covert, I am pleased to announce the annual LEAP! (LITS Employee Appreciation Party) event, honoring and thanking employees through service and significant contribution awards, is happening! Please save the date of Thursday, September 24 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm for our re-imagined, virtual event!

Nominations are currently being sought for 2019/20 LITS Significant Contribution Awards (SCAs). The award program was put on hold due to COVID-19, but we are pleased to relaunch the program. For those of you who already submitted a nomination, they still count so you do not need to resubmit.

SCAs are our annual opportunity to recognize our most significant contributions toward LITS objectives and Emory’s mission. Therefore, please consider nominating a team member that you believe has made such a contribution. As a reminder, Significant Contribution Awards will focus on individuals. For team or group contributions, we will pursue separate recognition efforts that could include project or team awards, or celebration events upon project completion.  For more information on the SCA program and to view the LITS Rewards Program summary, please click here.

To submit a nomination for an individual who has made exceptional contributions, including those whose contributions were related to a team effort, please complete the LITS SCA Nomination Form by Friday, July 31. The form includes details about program criteria and the nomination process. Note that any LITS employee can nominate any other LITS employee for such an award. A committee comprised of LITS Directors and Associate Deans will review the nominations and make recommendations to LITS leadership regarding which nominations will result in awards.

Thank you for your consideration as we look forward to recognizing the great work that has been done throughout the division.

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New team created in Enterprise Security: Information Security Architecture

As members of the LITS division can attest, technology is always changing and evolving. And, unfortunately, bad actors are doing the same: constantly advancing how, where, and when they attack systems and exploit vulnerabilities.

It is in large part due to these factors that Brad Sanford, LITS Chief Information Security Officer, has created a new team within Enterprise Security. Information Security Architecture is now the fourth team under Enterprise Security:

  • Threat, Vulnerability, and Incident Management – led by Derek Spransy
  • IT Risk and Compliance – led by Nataliya Bykova
  • Security Infrastructure – led by Andy Efting
    and now
  • Information Security Architecture – led by Mike (Mo) Davidson

In our current, budget-conscious state (thanks a lot, COVID-19), the new Information Security Architecture team was staffed with existing personnel within Enterprise Security and the larger LITS division.

Team members:

  • Zachery Cox moved to the new team from Derek’s Threat, Vulnerability, and Incident Management team
  • Chris Dehner moved to the new team from Nataliya’s IT Risk and Compliance team
  • Mike Chilcott moved to the new team from Nataliya’s IT Risk and Compliance team
  • Mike Davidson (also known as Mo) joined Enterprise Security to manage the new team, after having spent nearly 15 years in Enterprise Applications supporting Emory’s PeopleSoft applications. Danny Bridges is the new manager of the PeopleSoft Administration team.


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The newly formed Information Security Architecture Team. As a mini “Pet of the Week,” see if you can find Mo’s dog, named Harley Davidson.

The Information Security Architecture team is the new home for Security Reviews and Cloud Security Architecture. The team is already deeply involved with the design and implementation of security controls for the Enterprise Cloud Services (ECS) offering that will be running Emory applications in our AWS landing zone. This is the service that was previously known as the Cloud Infrastructure Migration Project (CIMP). Also in the AWS space: AWS at Emory. The team will continue to collaborate with the LITS Architecture team (led by Steve Wheat) to ensure that appropriate security controls are included in our cloud solutions – as they continue to advance Emory’s capabilities for our researchers, and the RHEDcloud Foundation, by leveraging the flexible and scalable computing architecture at AWS.

Zach Cox will be the primary team member focused on cloud security technology. For security reviews, Mike Chilcott will continue his focus of performing security reviews for Emory Healthcare entities. And Chris Dehner will continue his focus of security reviews primarily supporting the University and the schools.

Nataliya Bykova’s team (which has been doing security reviews for several years) will continue to do IT Compliance Assessments against HIPAA security rules, PCI, GDPR, FISMA and GLBA.

Feel free to reach out to Mike (Mo) Davidson if you have any questions about the new team, its role, or any other aspects of this new organizational element.

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July wellness events

The LITS Wellness Committee thought everyone might be interested in some additional classes that will be upcoming along with the end of the Operation Eat Right Challenge.

Upcoming Events

Operation Eat Right wraps up this Sunday, July 12.  Thank you for all of your efforts in getting the word out and participating in the challenge.

Ask the Registered Dietitian (RD) is back for the month of July. Join Dawn McMillian for this 30-minute group discussion that will focus on a different nutrition topic each week. Register HERE


  • July 8:  Four Keys to Healthy Eating When Ordering Out
  • July 15:  Balancing Food & Activity
  • July 29:  Tips on Meal Planning & Cooking Prep

Emory’s Diabetes Prevention Program will be launching its Fall classes in August with Informational classes scheduled to begin next week.  Please encourage your colleagues to take full advantage of this amazing opportunity to learn more about developing healthier habits related to eating, physical activity, and stress management, all while earning a $200 incentive.  You can see additional information here.

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Amy Li, Communications Coordinator, ECDS

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“Being able to write about ECDS projects on our own blog allowed me to showcase the really cool scholarship ECDS is doing.” – Amy Li

Amy Li recently joined the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) as their new communications coordinator postdoctoral fellow, having spent the past year as the Emory Libraries/ECDS Digital Humanities Fellow. She also finished the final year of her PhD, graduating this past May. Amy has also worked as: a social media coordinator for ECDS through their Digital Scholarship Internship Program (DSIP); a graduate student receptionist at the Rose Library; and as an undergraduate student assistant in Library Technical Services at Cornell University.

Originally from Ithaca, NY, Amy earned dual bachelor’s degrees in English and feminist, gender, & sexuality studies from Cornell University, with a minor in music (2014). Her PhD from Emory University is also in English (2020). Her dissertation topic was “A Future for Hopeful Monsters: Gender, Disability, Race, and Embodiment in Science Fiction,” which discusses representations of marginalized or oppressed bodies in science fiction literature and media.

When she’s not working, Amy likes to watch movies and has been trying to get back into playing piano and violin. She also loves cross-stitching and collecting different book editions of Frankenstein.

“It was really difficult to publish my own work as a graduate student,” says Amy. “Being able to write about ECDS projects on our own blog allowed me to showcase the really cool scholarship ECDS is doing. Working on weekly features for the center has been a terrific opportunity.”

You can reach Amy at amy [dot] s [dot] li [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Ericka Malcolm, Service Desk Analyst II, LITS Service Desk

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“I believe our customers enjoy speaking with someone who has the patience to walk them through their technical issues.” – Ericka Malcolm

Ericka Malcolm recently joined the Service Desk team as a service desk analyst II after six months as a contractor. She previously spent a year as a desktop support tech at National Vision. She also worked for eight years performing help-desk support for nVision Global, a logistics company.

A native of Atlanta, and proud graduate of Tri Cities HS, Ericka is currently completing a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification from Gwinnett Tech. Eventually she’d love to get into network engineering. Ericka also dreams of starting a non-profit for work with the hard of hearing/deaf community. She has been a sign language interpreter at the Salem Bible Church for the past twelve years.

While working remotely during the pandemic, Ericka tries to keep her 16-year-old son busy and loves to read science fiction novels. She enjoys personal fitness, including her COVID-19 walking regimen. Ericka’s also been learning new recipes, with her fave being a homemade eggroll. She also has a 20-year-old daughter.

“Getting to know the different members in the Emory community has been exciting,” says Ericka. “The work is new every day. I believe our customers enjoy speaking with someone who has the patience to walk them through their technical issues.”

You can reach Ericka at emalco3 [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)

  • July 16IT Briefing: 10:15 am – noon, Zoom Link
  • July 19Zoom Deadline to convert meetings: article link
  • July 21 LEAF Virtual Coffee: 1:30 pm, Zoom Link, Zoom passcode: 787981
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