Sunny Pradhan, Enterprise Information Security Risk/Compliance Specialist Sr

“I am very passionate about Cybersecurity!” – Sunny Pradhan

Sunny Pradhan (pronounced PRUD-Hahn) recently joined LITS as a senior enterprise information security risk and compliance specialist. He previously worked for over a year at E*TRADE Financial as a senior information security assurance specialist. In addition, Sunny has 12 years doing various IT and IT security-related work in different industries such as higher education, healthcare, finance tech, and e-commerce. He also has a background in regulatory compliance in areas such as HIPAA, FERPA, SOX, and PCI. 

Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunny was raised in the U.S since the age of 11 years old. He has a bachelor’s degree in information security and assurance from Kennesaw State University and a master’s degree in information security and assurance from Norwich University.

When not working, Sunny enjoys learning about new technologies, riding his motorcycle, and going to the gym. He can speak fluently in three different languages. Sunny also has two beautiful cats named Azrael and Jophiel.

“I am very passionate about Cybersecurity!” said Sunny.

You can reach him at sunny [dot] pradhan [at] emory [dot] edu.

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ECDS and LITS welcome record-breaking crowd to Atlanta Studies Symposium

Dan Immergluck presents to a large audience at the symposium.

The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), in partnership with offices across the university and institutions around the region, welcomed a record-breaking crowd of more than 250 attendees to the sixth annual Atlanta Studies Symposium hosted at the Robert W. Woodruff Library this past April.

The publisher of the open access Atlanta Studies journal and a partner in numerous Atlanta Studies Network digital projects, including ATLMaps and Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern, ECDS was keen to welcome interested Atlantans of all stripes to the Woodruff library, with its 10th-floor view across the city to the Atlanta skyline. The library offered a stimulating vantage point for a day of presentations from scholars, practitioners, and activists on the symposium theme of “Atlanta: City + Region.”

Jesse P. Karlsberg opens the event.

ECDS collaborated with units within the Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) division and across the university and beyond to host the event, and several LITS staff members were featured in the program. University librarian Yolanda Cooper and I kicked off the symposium by welcoming attendees to the library and highlighting its focus on supporting research and teaching engaged with Atlanta.

The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library cosponsored the event, and Rose staff instruction archivist Gabrielle Dudley co-led a workshop on enhancing coursework with African American archival collections from across the region. Rose’s archival holdings were also the focus of a session on Charles Palmer and Atlanta’s role in the development of public housing architecture chaired by Emory art history professor Christina Crawford. Kali Ahset-Amen, assistant director of Emory’s James Weldon Johnson Institute, also a cosponsor of the event, chaired a session on geographies of transnational migration in the Atlanta metro region.

Nicole Baran presents, “Lindy Hop and Jitterbug.”

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, months of advance preparation and detailed event planning by LITS, ECDS, and Rose Library staff helped ensure that the event proceeded smoothly. LITS Campus and Community Relations events manager Maya Cody leveraged her considerable expertise to plan and implement room layouts and food and beverage service, assisted by ECDS staff Adam Newman, Matt Graci, and Clint Fluker. Rose Library’s Courtney Chartier and Christeene Alcosiba helped facilitate holding multiple concurrent sessions on the tenth floor without interfering with business as usual in the archive. Emory’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry and Office of Community and Government Affairs also contributed to the event’s success by cosponsoring and helping to promote the event through their networks.

Scott Heath leads a panel discussion on FX’s show Atlanta.

External partnerships with Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia State University, and Georgia Institute of Technology contributed to the symposium’s largest-ever audience with the widest ever range of affiliations among both attendees and presenters. The event attracted staff at 16 city and state governmental departments and local non-profit organizations as well as faculty and students at 16 universities and high schools from across metro Atlanta, elsewhere in Georgia and surrounding states, and as far afield as the University of British Columbia and the University of Illinois.

Don’t worry if you were unable to attend. Just be sure to keep an eye on the Atlanta Studies website in the coming months where we will be posting video presentations and other publications highlighting research presented at the symposium.

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LITSers attend 2018 Leadercast leadership event

Jay Flanagan (right) at Leadercast 2018.

On May 4, 2018, 48 Emory team members from all across the Emory Community attended the 2018 Leadercast Leadership event at the Infinity Energy Arena in Duluth, Ga. Team members came from LITS, Oxford, Yerkes, SOM, Grady and Emory College. We enjoyed an array of great speakers including Michael Hyatt, Jen Bricker and Carey Lohrenz. The theme for this year’s event was self-leadership. A few of the ideas we learned:

From Carey Lohrenz

  • A great attitude doesn’t guarantee your success, but a negative attitude kills your ability to adapt.
  • The people who tell you that you can’t are usually the ones most afraid that you will.
  • Don’t be bold and courageous all the time. It’s exhausting.
  • A good leader makes decisions for the best interest of the team, not for their own best interest.

From Michael Hyatt

  • Make a commitment to taking good care of yourself.
  • Set hard boundaries around your workday and weekends to protect your margin.
  • Set a goal of sleeping eight hours a night

From Jen Bricker

  • We have to experience the everyday, ordinary moments of life to have big, explosive firework moments.
  • Everyone can motivate because everyone has someone who identifies with them.
  • Use what you’re good at and what you love to change someone else’s life.

Overall a very exciting and educational day. We even had time for some fun. Check out this video of Phil Shaw trying to catch a few nerf baseballs…

We are in the process of putting together a group of Emory Team Members to go next year. At this point we already have 37 going, but would love to go over 50 this coming year. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jay Flanagan at jflanag [at] emory [dot] edu. Cost is currently $600 for the one-day event.

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It is not too late to send your RSVP for LITS Game Day.  Please RSVP today at

When: May 23 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: Computing Center at Cox Hall

  • Drop ins are certainly welcome so don’t feel like you have to stay the entire time.
  • Food will be catered by Willy’s Mexicana Grill and there will be a variety of beverages and desserts.
  • A gift will be given to employees who attend the event.

To see a commercial for LITS Game Day, click below:

See you on the 23rd!

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Jacqueline Reed, Sr. Instruction Specialist, Rose Library

“I am grateful to be a part of the wonderful work Rose and Robert Woodruff Libraries do for the university and community.” – Jacqueline Reed

Jacqueline Reed is the newest senior instruction specialist to join the Rose Library. She comes to Emory from The University of Mississippi Libraries, where she was a library specialist for three years. Before that, she was employed nine years as a library assistant at the First Regional Library System in Mississippi.

Born and raised in Sardis, MS, Jacqueline earned her bachelor of arts degree in political science from Mississippi Valley State University and her master’s degree in higher education from the University of Mississippi.

Her hobbies include going thrifting on Saturdays and listening to old school hip hop and R&B. Jacqueline played trumpet from sixth grade through college and attended Mississippi Valley State University on a full band scholarship. She played trumpet in MVSU’s Mean Green Marching Machine.

According to Jacqueline, “I am grateful to be a part of the wonderful work Rose and Robert Woodruff Libraries do for the university and community.”

You can reach her at jacqueline [dot] reed [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)

  • May 18 – 40th Annual Staff Fest: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Quad lawn
  • May 23 – LITS Game Day: 3:00 – 6:00 pm, Computing Center at Cox Hall
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Emory’s guest wireless undergoes big change

Emory’s Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) has announced a significant improvement to the guest wi-fi experience while on campus.

For years, EmoryGuest, the free wi-fi provided to Emory visitors was a restrictive experience. Starting on May 12, visitors to Emory will enjoy significantly improved performance with fewer restrictions.

The wi-fi industry is trending toward network access controls (NAC) that enable a more centralized control over network security. Clearpass is the NAC vendor that Emory uses for EmoryUnplugged (the standard student and staff wi-fi) and now for EmoryGuest as well.

Not only are guests able to enjoy better controls on bandwidth, but the network no longer restricts access to ports and protocols. This creates a more open internet experience, improving EmoryGuest’s usability for gamers and video streamers.

“We want our guests to enjoy their time at Emory, and that includes good wi-fi,” said John Ellis, Emory’s Deputy CIO.

In order to experience this greater guest freedom on Emory’s network, visitors will validate with a text message or registered email. Fortunately, once users have authenticated the first time, the network caches their address for 24 hours so they no longer have to reauthenticate each time they leave the network.

Visitors from other universities also have the option to use Eduroam, which gives them even faster connectivity speeds and uses their home university login credentials.

Added Ellis, “The new wireless guest access offers more capability, is easier to use, and, at the same time, is more secure. It will be an all-around better service for our guests and easier to manage for Emory IT professionals.”

University student visitors have the option to use Eduroam which gives them faster connectivity and uses their current university student login credentials.  This is a better option for visiting university students than basic guest.

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