To the College of Engineering, 

I hope this letter finds you and yours happy and healthy during these unprecedented times. I am writing to inform you of a few key updates in an effort to keep our students, faculty, and staff informed as possible. 

First, I’d like to share some exciting news. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a five-year, $23.7 million grant to UCSB and UCLA to be joint partners in the BioPolymers, Automated Cellular Infrastructure, Flow, and Integrated Chemistry: Materials Innovation Platform (BioPACIFIC MIP). Nearly twenty CoE faculty and staff are involved, and more than half of the senior investigators are women or members of an underrepresented minority group. The MIP establishes the first user-facility in the nation that combines automation and high-throughput experimentation in synthetic biology and material synthesis to develop new bio-based polymer materials. You can read more about the MIP and other college news in the stories that are included below.  

Second, in light of recent events, college administrators have begun to examine issues of diversity and equity in our institution while deepening our commitment to, and expanding our actions to ensure that equality and inclusivity frame our actions. We must and we will do more, beginning by engaging with diverse audiences in the college and beyond, and listening to the voices that arise from them. We want our students, faculty, and staff to participate in the process, because we will be stronger by working together. As a small but important step in the process, the college launched a diversity webpage ( ), which includes our commitment to diversity, a statement endorsed by myself and our associate deans. By posting this statement, we pledge that our words will lead to actions appropriate to reaching our goals. The webpage is a work in progress, and we will continue to add content in the coming months, including our short-term and long-term goals. 

Finally, while a majority of us continue to work remotely, a handful of approved research projects in the College of Engineering have returned to campus according to a detailed, staged plan for a methodical and cautious ramp-up of on-campus research. The college launched a website (
) intended to be a one-stop shop for those seeking information about the research ramp-up. The website includes: access and operation plans for each building where the college conducts research; contact information for building committees; a place to submit comments and suggestions regarding the reopening plan; frequently asked questions; and links to important sources of additional information. 

Stay well and have a happy and safe summer,

Rod C. Alferness
Dean UCSB College of Engineering

TO: UC Santa Barbara Campus Community

FR: Kevin Schmidt, Director, Networking, Communications & Security Services, Enterprise Technology Services (ETS)

RE: Reminder - Next Core Router Installations Scheduled for July 15, 20, and 23

*****This message is being sent on behalf of Kevin Schmidt. Please do not reply to this message.*****

Dear UC Santa Barbara Campus Community,

As a reminder, the following work will occur this week and next.

On July 15 between 12:01 and 6 a.m., the core router migration will link the old and new core systems and move the campus internet connections to the new core. Please plan for a network outage during this time.

On July 20 between 12:01 and 4 a.m., we will migrate an internal routed interface and do not expect the network to be impacted.

On July 23 between 12:01 and 4 a.m., we will migrate an internal routed interface. The campus wireless network will experience service disruptions.

We will continue to update you via email, at,, and on the UCSB IT LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter pages as we complete these milestones. You can subscribe to to receive notices of service impacts at UCSB.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email Thank you.



July 10, 2020

To:    Campus Community

Fr:      Sam Horowitz, Chief Information Security Officer

Re:    Scammers are exploiting COVID-19 contact tracing program

As COVID-19 cases grow in our community, the chances that you may have been near someone who has the disease is increasing. Because of the contagious nature of the disease, health officials use contact tracing to try to identify people who may have been exposed to the virus before they show symptoms. California has a contact tracing program called California Connected. Unfortunately, scammers have taken advantage of the program in an attempt to defraud you.

Scammers are impersonating contact tracers so that they can profit from the current public health emergency. Along with calls, scammers are sending out links in text messages about fictitious COVID-19 cases. Scammers may ask for information such as your social security number, financial information, and other sensitive information not required for authentic contact tracing. The Federal Trade Commission wants you to know:

  • Real contact tracers won't ask you for money
  • Contact tracing doesn't require your bank account or credit card number
  • Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Social Security number
  • Your immigration status doesn't matter for contact tracing, so real tracers won't ask
  • Do not click on a link in a text or email

Legitimate contact tracers may call, email, text, or visit your home to collect information. They will only send you texts or emails indicating when they will contact you and will not ask you to click or download anything. The information a legitimate contact tracer may ask you for include: your name and address, health information, and the names of places and people you have visited. 

You can find information about California Connected at In Santa Barbara County, you can find COVID-19 information at In Ventura County, you can find COVID-19 information at

Note: Scammers are also using SMS/text message telling students that the university rescinded their admission for the coming school year. UCSB does not use SMS/text messages for admissions. UCSB students can check the status of their admission at the Student Affairs Admissions portal.  

TO: UCSB IT Staff (CSF listserv)

FR: ETS Messaging and Collaboration Team

RE: UCSB to Move Classic Hangouts to Hangouts Chat November 30, 2020


*****This message is being sent on behalf of the ETS Messaging and Collaboration Team. Please do not reply to this message. If you have any questions about the transition from Classic Hangouts to Hangouts Chat, please contact us via the IT Services Catalog or call x5000.*****




Beginning Monday, November 30, 2020, all departments are required to use Hangouts Chat for direct messages (DMs), group messages, and team discussions as Hangouts Classic will be deprecated. We recommend that you switch to Hangouts Chat any time prior to November 30.


As many of you know, Google announced in 2019 it would retire Classic Hangouts, and transition the direct messaging and video components of Connect G Suite for Education to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.


Please inform your customers to do the following well before November 30:

  • Explore the new Web experience at
  • Download the new mobile app for Android or iOS.
  • Recreate any group messages as Rooms in the new Hangouts Chat interface.


Where can users find their old chats?

  • If users turned their History on while using Hangouts, they can see all their direct messages in Chat. If users turned their history off while using Hangouts, they can only see direct messages from the previous 24 hours.  
  • All previous Classic Hangouts conversation history will be accessible in Gmail.


What are the limitations of Hangouts Chat?

  • Group messages from Classic Hangouts will not migrate to Hangouts Chat. Group message history is available via Gmail and; however, users need to recreate any Hangouts groups in Hangouts Chat as Rooms.
  • Google Voice is not available through Hangouts Chat.


Where can users go for help?


Please watch your email over the coming months for further information to the general campus community.


If you require technical assistance:


  • For problems or time-sensitive requests, please contact IT Core Services - Service Desk at (805) 893-5000 or x 5000.
  • For all other services, please submit a self-service request at
  • ETS-provided services include service level agreements (SLAs) for response and resolution time as our commitment to your technical needs. 


Thank you.


The ETSC Service Desk

June 18, 2020

Dear Members of Our Campus Community,

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court released a historic decision to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This is a profound victory for all the DACA recipients who contribute to our campus and to our communities every day. Together, we celebrate this proud moment for our students, and acknowledge the long and hard road it took to get here. I join with UC President Janet Napolitano and my fellow UC chancellors in applauding today’s ruling. Please see below for our joint letter to the UC community.   

We understand that it has been a difficult process awaiting the DACA ruling, particularly in the midst of other stressors caused by the pandemic and the national climate. We are committed to supporting the well-being, safety, and success of our undocumented students. We will continue to maintain financial aid, provide co-curricular opportunities and resources, and continue to improve our community of inclusion. While we celebrate what this victory means for immigrant communities, we also acknowledge the ongoing challenges they face, particularly those who do not hold DACA status. As a campus community, we want to emphasize our commitment to continue to be a leader in advocating for our undocumented students. 

For more information about resources and support available through our Undocumented Student Services program and Dream Scholars Resource Team, please visit Staff and faculty are invited to attend our Undocumented Student Services campus partner meeting to learn about what this decision means to our students and how we can provide support and advocacy. Click here to register. 

I would like to thank all of our students, faculty, and staff who work so hard to help us be an informed, compassionate, and supportive community. At UC Santa Barbara, it is part of our core values to provide all students with access to an outstanding education, and to work collaboratively to foster an environment that allows for the realization of the full potential of every member of our community.   


Henry T. Yang

Joint letter on DACA decision from President Napolitano and UC Chancellors

To the UC community:

We write to you on a historic day for the University of California, for our nation, and for the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients across the country who live, work, and study in our communities.
UC was the first university in the nation to file a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s proposed rescission of DACA. Over the past three years, we have worked together to advance our case through the courts and to advocate for DACA recipients on every front. And today, our collective efforts paid off.

We applaud the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the administration’s arbitrary attempt to end a policy that has enabled some 650,000 immigrants – brought to the U.S. as children – to live and work in the only country they know as home.
Today, we send our sincerest thanks to the individuals from the University who submitted declarations establishing the factual record for our case, to UC Legal and other UC staff who worked tirelessly for almost three years to pursue and support this litigation, all of the other plaintiffs who took a risk by stepping forward, the legal team at Covington & Burling for providing pro bono support, and all of you for standing with us in support of undocumented members of the UC community.

As UC leaders, we’ve heard from many students, staff, and their families about the impact of DACA on their lives. DACA recipients in the UC community come from a wide range of countries, yet many of them shared similar stories: the initial joy and relief of being able to study and work in this country legally, without fear of deportation; the despair of learning that their immigration status might keep them from pursuing academic or professional opportunities if DACA protections were rescinded; and the anxiety about whether their DACA application would be used against them or their loved ones.
These people – their hopes and their potential – were at the heart of the University’s lawsuit challenging the rescission of DACA. At every step in our case, we were acutely aware of the tangible, harmful impacts of ending the DACA policy on the lives of these individuals and their families, and on the communities where they are valued contributors. Today’s decision is a hard-won victory for these DACA recipients, their families, and our whole community. It is a victory for justice and due process. And it is a victory for what is legal, and what is right.
The Court today has held that the government must properly account for its decisions and cannot simply act on a whim. But it’s also important to remember that more work remains to be done, and we need you to stand with us.
The UC community must speak with one voice in calling on Congress to pass legislation to permanently protect DACA recipients and provide a path to citizenship. We must stand together to demand comprehensive immigration reform that would bring stability and certainty to families, workers, businesses, and communities across the nation. And we must speak out for our most fundamental values of diversity, inclusion, compassion, and justice.

At the University of California, we will continue to vigorously defend the privacy and civil rights of undocumented students and all of our community members, and to provide free legal services through the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center and dedicated undocumented student centers on our campuses.
UC will never remain silent when unlawful actions threaten our students and community members. We are so grateful for all of you who have joined with us to ensure that UC remains a safe and welcoming place – and a beacon of opportunity – for all.

Yours very truly,

Janet Napolitano
President, University of California

John A. Pérez
Chair, University of California Board of Regents

Gene Block 
Chancellor, UCLA

Nathan Brostrom 
Interim Chancellor, UC Merced

Carol T. Christ
Chancellor, UC Berkeley

Howard Gillman 
Chancellor, UC Irvine

Sam Hawgood 
Chancellor, UC San Francisco

Pradeep Khosla
Chancellor, UC San Diego

Cynthia Larive 
Chancellor, UC Santa Cruz

Gary May 
Chancellor, UC Davis

Kim Wilcox
Chancellor, UC Riverside

Henry Yang
Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara

TO: UC Santa Barbara Campus Community

FR: Kevin Schmidt, Director, Networking, Communications & Security Services, Enterprise
      Technology Services (ETS)

RE: Reminder: Next Core Router Installation & Network Outage June 15-16

*****This message is being sent on behalf of Kevin Schmidt. Please do not reply to this message.*****

Dear UC Santa Barbara Campus Community,

As a reminder, the campus network will be unavailable between 11 p.m. on Monday, June 15 and 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16 due to the Core Router Replacement project. 

Additionally, on June 18 between 2 and 6 a.m., the planned outage in Noble Hall will impact the following connected buildings: 235 Life Sciences Building, 251 Psych Expansion, 504 Bio III, 526 Webb Hall, 539 Bio Sci Annex, 543 University House, 544 Noble Hall, 546 Woodhouse Lab, 551 Psychology, 558 Associated Students and MCC building, 569 Surge I, 571 Bio II, and 575 Cloud Lab.

We will continue to update you via email, at,, and on the UCSB IT LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter pages as we complete these milestones. Please note that you can subscribe to receive notices of service-impacting events at UCSB.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email

Thank you.


Dear Members of Our Campus Community,

The images of George Floyd shake us deeply to our core, as do the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade. Our hearts are heavy and we are profoundly saddened and outraged. We are yet again, as a university community and as a country, confronted by acts of injustice that are beyond measure.
On behalf of the UC Santa Barbara community, we offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade. But words have little meaning unless we also recognize the devastating effects of racism and discrimination on our country. In an earlier message to our campus community from the Office of Black Student Development, we are reminded that our UC Santa Barbara Principles of Community “are not just a value statement, but a call to action to enact inclusion daily and to stand up to injustice.”

We share the anguish, outrage, and grief of our black community. We stand together in solidarity against hate and injustice.

We know that many in our campus community also are affected by the recent events, and we want to express our care, concern, and support, and to remind you of resources that may be of help.
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at (805) 893-4411 or by submitting a CAPS Services Request. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) is available at (805) 893-3318 or

Office of Black Student Development (OBSD):


Henry T. Yang


NOTE: For anyone who is in need of support, there are many additional campus partners to assist with your needs. The following was listed after the link and placed below the Chancellor's message for ease of viewing.

EDIT: phone numbers added June 8th:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


 April 21, 2020

To:  Campus Community

Fr:  Angela Andrade, Dean of Student Wellness

Re: Student Well-Being Website and Resources 

During this unusual and changing time, we in Student Affairs are highly focused on supporting the physical and emotional well-being of students as they adjust to remote learning and living.  Now more than ever, we want to ensure students are connected to resources that support their success at UCSB.  

Over the past month, students have reported difficulty with time management, procrastination, feeling overwhelmed with remote instruction, lack of technical resources (computers, internet, physical space) and learning new tools.  Psychologically, we are learning that students are experiencing: difficulty with online classes, motivational issues, isolation and loneliness, housing insecurity, including not being able to return home (international students), loss of jobs, conflict in the home, and general issues of loss. i.e. not being able to participate in graduation, socialize, connect with others.

To help support students as they meet the current challenges, I’m writing to announce an important new website which provides one place with key contacts and programs for student well-being. We hope this will be a helpful resource for you, and that you will help us encourage students to use the new site by mentioning it in your lectures and student communications. We know students have many strengths, and that together we can assist them with realizing their academic goals and overall well-being. 

Student Well-Being Website

This new site includes our full range of student health and well-being services, all open remotely, including a section for “Urgent Needs”,

We are also aware that as the quarter progresses, you may encounter students experiencing higher levels of distress, particularly around midterms and finals.  Please know that distress may look different under our new conditions, and submit an online referral if you are concerned about a student. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with Angela Andrade, Dean of Student Wellness,


Friday, April 17, 2020

To:    Campus Community

Fr:     Garry Mac Pherson, Vice Chancellor, Administrative Services          

Re:   Guidance for the Use of Cloth Face Coverings on Campus

Dear Colleagues:

We are writing to strongly encourage the use of face coverings for all UC Santa Barbara personnel who must come to campus to perform essential services in accordance with the recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, and our own Santa Barbara County Public Health officials. 

The new guidance recommends cloth coverings such as bandannas, scarves, or even simple homemade cloth versions as coverings for when you are out in public.

For UC Santa Barbara personnel who are performing essential services on campus and who are unable to provide their own, the campus has purchased and will be distributing cloth face coverings as supplies allow. Because of the demand across the country, the campus supply is limited. We expect our first order to arrive today with additional supplies scheduled for delivery in the coming weeks.

Please let your business officer or supervisor know as soon as possible if you are unable to provide your own face covering and we will arrange to provide a face cover for you as our supplies allow. Business officers and supervisors should contact EH&S Director David McHale (805-698-3078) or with a list of individuals who need to be on campus and have requested coverings. EH&S will arrange for distribution as supplies become available.

As Chancellor Yang highlighted in a previous memo, our campus health experts also are recommending face coverings for people whenever going out in public.  Face coverings can keep people who have the virus but are asymptomatic from spreading it to others. Evidence shows that covering the mouth and nose can be effective in reducing the release of airborne respiratory droplets that can infect others. More information about how COVID-19 spreads can be found on the CDC website at:

Face coverings for sale are still in short supply, but the CDC has provided instructions on how you can make your own.  It is recommended to wash cloth face coverings regularly, handle your face covering with clean hands, and wash your hands immediately after removing it.  

As always, we will post the latest updates, links to information, and the campus’s response to COVID-19 on the University’s COVID-19 page. 

"Stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face"

cc:      Henry Yang, Chancellor

Henning Bohn, Chair, Academic Senate

David Marshall, Executive Vice Chancellor       

            Chuck Haines, Assistant Chancellor

            Joseph Incandela, Vice Chancellor, Research

            Margaret Klawunn, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

            Cynthia Señeriz, Director, Human Resources

            Beverly Colgate

Added CDC Pictures NOT Directly Attached to ORIGINAL EMAIL for CLARITY, More Pictures Available via the Links:

April 6, 2020

TO: UCSB Campus Community

FR: Sam Horowitz, Chief Information Security Officer

       Kip Bates, Associate Chief Information Security Officer

RE: Avoid and Report Zoombombing

****This message is being sent on behalf of Sam Horowitz and Kip Bates. Please do not reply to this message.****

“Zoombombing” occurs when an uninvited party joins a Zoom session to cause disruption. Often this disruption takes the form of profanity, hate speech, or pornography. This has happened several times to Zoom lectures within the past few days.

If you are the victim of Zoombombing, please report it by emailing the Security Operations Center (SOC) at Please include this information:

  1. A summary of what happened,

  2. The meeting ID of the session that was interrupted,

  3. The date and time of the incident,

  4. What action was taken (e.g., was the meeting halted, or was the intruder removed), and

  5. Indicate whether or not the session was recorded. If it was, please retain the recording if needed for an investigation. 

Zoom bombers often attempt to mask their identity, and some actively hide their true network address through obfuscation tools making it difficult or impossible to track them down. If you can identify the intruder during a session, you can remove them by hovering over the intruder’s name in the Zoom participant window, clicking “more,” and selecting remove. 

You can also take steps in advance of a session to make it harder for uninvited guests to break into your session, whether you're conducting a class or hosting a meeting. 

Become familiar with these settings and how they will affect your Zoom sessions. If you use Zoom for instruction, you can request support by submitting a help ticket to UCSB Support Desk Collaboration or emailing If you have technical questions about Zoom you can direct them to the ETS service desk online at or by phone to (805) 893-5000.

Sometimes Zoombombing disruptions include threats. If you receive threats during a Zoom session, please notify the UC police by calling (805) 893-3446. If you find that the disruption you experienced is upsetting, you can request assistance. Students may contact CAPS at Faculty and staff can contact ASAP at


Tuesday, March 24 2020

TO:        Campus Community

FR:         Margaret Klawunn, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

RE:        Students at UCSB

I am writing to share that the email below was sent to all UC Santa Barbara students last night.  

March 23, 2020

Dear UC Santa Barbara Students,

We are writing to share with you the letter below authored by our faculty health experts, our president of Associated Students, and our Student Health Medical Director requesting your help in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We hope you take the time to read this important request and to take all the steps possible to protect your own health as well as that of your family, friends, and our community. 


Henry T. Yang

Margaret Klawunn
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Students at UCSB—we need your help.

We are scientists, physicians, and student leaders on our campus and we ask you to read this message carefully. It is a simple message. You can help to halt the spread of COVID-19 in our community. How? By being very careful to keep good separation from people you do not live with or who you don’t know. Why is this simple measure the answer? Because we increasingly realize that young people carry the virus, often asymptomatically without even knowing it, and yet when they come in contact with others, it spreads and it can kill.

For those of you who want to see the evidence, here are some facts:

  • The CDC analyzed more than 2,400 cases of COVID-19 in the United States over the past month.
  • Between 1 in 7 and 1 in 5 confirmed cases between the ages of 20 and 44 require hospitalization and 2-4% of this group are admitted to intensive care units. This severity of disease does not happen for influenza.
  • Santa Barbara’s Public Health Officer states that an estimated 85% of Santa Barbara’s population could get sick in the next two months if we allow the regional outbreak to run its course.
  • This disease is NOT the flu! Contrary to early misconceptions, some young people can become very seriously ill. If you get it, you could wind up in the hospital due to difficulty breathing. Because this disease seems poised to overwhelm the hospital system, each hospital bed you take may prevent another sick person from getting admitted to the hospital. Once the disease is this serious, it could leave you with lifelong lung or kidney damage.

We understand that many of you may be excited to return to Isla Vista and your academic year may have been cut short, but if you are able to stay at home, please do this. Isla Vista is a community where more than 20,000 people, most of them students from UC Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College, live in an area less than two square miles. Please help our community alleviate some of this added pressure by making the choice to remain home for spring quarter.

In such a social, active community like Isla Vista, it might be difficult for some to change their daily lifestyles, but we can all act as leaders and curtail the spread of COVID-19 throughout the larger community by following the stay-at-home order mandated in California and following basic health procedures/guidelines. We are advising that you continue to maintain a safe social distance, halt all large social gatherings of over 10 people, and have a conversation with housemates to follow CDC’s guidelines and inform each other of the seriousness of this pandemic. Especially since it is not unusual to have housemates of over 10 people in Isla Vista, making an agreement with the people in your household to not violate the stay-at-home order will be crucial. Increasing the distance between us will help make the virus less likely to transfer.

If the health of you and your friends were not reason enough to severely limit your proximity to others, then consider what could happen when you visit an older person, say your parents or grandparents. Perhaps you come in contact with them while you carry the disease, but you might not know you have it because you feel well. Just like you, older people also get COVID-19, but it is much more deadly. Current estimates show that a fifth to a third of those between the ages of 45 and 65 who contract the disease are hospitalized. By age 75 and older, hospitalization estimates range from 30-70%. Adults over the age of 65 account for 80% of the deaths associated with the coronavirus.

However, this thing inevitably will end. If you do not panic and quietly remain as comfortable as possible under the difficult circumstances in which many students live, you will be a source of strength for your friends and you will be one of those who contributed to stopping this pandemic. If our social responsibility is to stay at home and live to come together another day - so be it!

Remember to prevent the spread of respiratory illness:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Keep surfaces clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.

Kenneth S. Kosik, MD
Co-Director, Neuroscience Research Institute
Harriman Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience
Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Carolina Arias Gonzalez, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Charles E. Samuel, PhD
C.A. Storke Professor and Distinguished Professor, Emeritus
Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Ali Javanbakht, MD
Medical Director and Interim Executive Director
UCSB Student Health

Alison Sir
UCSB Student Body President
Associated Students

March 18, 2020

TO:  Campus Community

FR:  Sam Horowitz, Chief Information Security Officer

RE:  Tax Fraud and Fraud Related to COVID-19

I sent a note a few days ago about fraud related to COVID-19. Just today, the Federal Government issued a new warning about growing cases of online fraud relating to COVID. It would be best if you also remembered that we’re quickly moving toward the end of the income tax filing season. The advice for not falling victim to either type of fraud is the same. 

Protect your social security number and your personal tax information as though it were cash. If you e-file, the IRS has added safeguards to reduce fraud. You may need information from last year’s return to e-file this year. If you use a preparer, the IRS has provided them with information about how to protect your information. 

Email is a common method used to commit both tax and COVID-related fraud. It’s common for criminals to impersonate the IRS. The messages look official and are sometimes threatening. The IRS has published simple steps to help protect yourself against phishing and other email scams. 

  • Be vigilant and skeptical. Never open a link or attachment from an unknown or suspicious source. Even if the email is from a known source, the recipient should approach with caution. Cybercrooks are good at acting like trusted businesses, friends, and family. This even includes the IRS and others in the tax business.

  • Double-check the email address. Thieves may have compromised a friend’s email address. They might also be spoofing the address with a slight change in text, for example, using instead of Merely changing the “m” to an “r” and “n” can trick people.

  • Remember that the IRS doesn’t initiate spontaneous contact with taxpayers by email to ask for personal or financial information. This includes asking for information via text messages and social media channels. The IRS does not call taxpayers with aggressive threats of lawsuits or arrests.

  • Do not click on hyperlinks or open attachments in suspicious emails. When in doubt, users should not use hyperlinks and go directly to the source’s main web page. They should also remember that no legitimate business or organization will ask for sensitive financial information by email.

  • Use security software to protect against malware and viruses found in phishing emails. Some security software can help identify suspicious websites that are used by cybercriminals.

  • Use strong passwords to protect online accounts. Experts recommend the use of a passphrase instead of a password, use a minimum of 10 digits, including letters, numbers and special characters.

  • Use multi-factor authentication when offered. Two-factor authentication means that in addition to entering a username and password, the user must enter a security code. This code is usually sent as a text to the user’s mobile phone or generated by an application on a smartphone. Even if a thief manages to steal usernames and passwords, it’s unlikely the crook would also have a victim’s phone.

  • Report phishing scams. Taxpayers can forward suspicious tax fraud related emails to

  • One additional note, you should expect to see a flood of appeals from charities. Many of these are legitimate and support charities that do meaningful work. Unfortunately, others are not. Be cautious of requests that accompany all disasters. Criminals never let a calamity go to waste.  

Despite best efforts to thwart criminals, you may become the victim of identity theft and tax fraud. If that happens to you, the IRS published guidance to assist you in getting through it. A starting point is The California Attorney General also has helpful information at

April 15th is charging up. The risk of identity theft and fraud don’t stop then. The risk continues throughout the year. If you are the victim of tax fraud or identity theft this year, I’d like to know about it. Please drop me an email to

Just a reminder to all users of

Dear Github Enterprise Users,

Enterprise Technology Services recently announced that a UCSB GitHub instance is now available to all of campus.  Information about this new service can be found at:

The College of Engineering has been hosting GitHub Enterprise for the last several years on  Due to licensing restrictions, will be decommissioned on March 27, 2020.  We ask that you migrate any repositories from to the new campus service by this date.  Detailed migration instructions can be found here:

If you have any questions, please email  



Mike Edwards
Director - Engineering Computing Infrastructure
College of Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

COVID-19 Response Update Winter/Spring Quarter


The Following Labs:

  • CSIL/Honea Lab Harold Frank Hall Rooms 1138/1140
  • AUHLL CENTER Engineering 2 1401
  • ENGINEERING II Room 3236
  • The Cooper Lab Teaching Classroom ESB 1003

Will be CLOSED Until Further Notice

Please expect changes and refer to the email from Chancellor Yang


February 28, 2020

TO: UC Santa Barbara Campus Community

FR: Sam Horowitz, CISSP, CISM, UCSB Chief Information Security Officer

RE: New Login Screen to Access Campus Resources

****This message is being sent on behalf of Sam Horowitz. Please do not reply to this message.****

On March 7, 2020, UCSB Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) will release the upgraded Single Sign-On (SSO) service. SSO enables our community to log in to many campus systems including Electronic Timekeeping and UCPath. The SSO upgrade prepares the Identity infrastructure for future modernization. 

What you need to know: 

The upgrade will include a new login screen that incorporates the UCSB Visual Identity and Branding Guidelines released to the campus in 2018.

You should always watch for look-alike sites that may try to trick you into providing your UCSBnetID and password. The genuine screen will always be hosted at a website ending in "" Anything else signals a rogue site. Do not enter your password on a rogue site and notify with the URL of the rogue site. 

Thank you.