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Information Technology (IT)

What is Information Technology?

Information Technology (IT) is a term that encompasses all forms of technology used to create, store, exchange and use information in its various forms such as business data, motion pictures and multimedia. It’s termed to include both telephone and computer technology and is often called “the information revolution.”

Many universities, such as the University of Florida, the University of Minnesota, Cornell University and Arizona State University, to name a few, have an office and committee for IT. For instance, UF employs educational resources like the acquisition, development and maintenance of data and information, computers, computer systems and networks that are considered part of IT. The University of Florida’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) oversees all resources related to IT and implements security measures to ensure a safe way for students to use these resources.

IT security measures abide by federal and state laws, university rules, and the terms of software licenses. Some rules OIT must abide by include copyright laws and the laws of obscenity and child pornography. The OIT must also abide by the Florida Computer Crimes Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. These laws outline the legal use of the internet and outlaw hacking or illegal activity.

The OIT is responsible for establishing external network connections for their network. The OIT is also responsible for reporting any violation of network use or security incident. The IT staff ensures virus protection for all the workstations and web servers on the network.

What is a network?

In information technology, a network is a series of points that interconnect by communication paths. They can interconnect with other networks and contain subnetworks. The most common configuration of networks (topology) include the bus, star and token ring topologies.

Want to know more about university network security?

The University of Florida and the Office of Information Technology sponsors an annual Information Technology Security Awareness Day (ITSA). This October, UF will hold its eighth annual ITSA day to help students, faculty and staff who use the university network be aware of the technology of the network and the dangers lurking about.

For more information, contact:
Kathy Bergsma
(352) 392-2061

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Electronic Communications Privacy Act

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