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Remember: Duo is Required for Canvas, Zoom, and Panopto

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Northwestern IT Service Status

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Tableau Server Downtime on October 1

Tableau Server will undergo scheduled maintenance on Saturday, October 1, to upgrade to a new version. The required maintenance necessitates system downtime, and Tableau Server will be unavailable on October 1 from approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. View the service status posting.

Bring Your Own Data Working Groups Now Forming

Northwestern graduate students, postdocs, research staff, and faculty with research data waiting to be collected, cleaned, analyzed, or visualized can join a Bring Your Own Data Working Group. Groups meet weekly with Northwestern IT Research Computing Services staff members to discuss project progress and find solutions to research challenges. Review the complete list of workshops this fall and register to participate.

Duo Multi-factor Authentication on Canvas, Zoom, and Panopto

On June 15, Northwestern IT activated Duo MFA on all University Canvas, Zoom, and Panopto accounts. Users are required to authenticate into each of these applications. This critical security update adds an extra layer of identity verification and is an essential step that further protects individuals, their data, and the University. Review the sign-in process.

GlobalProtect VPN Upgrade Underway

Northwestern IT's recent upgrade to GlobalProtect, the University’s Virtual Private Network (VPN), addresses security vulnerabilities and aligns Northwestern with the vendor’s upgrade window recommendations. Learn about the upgrade process.

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Students • Faculty and Staff • Researchers

Tech Resources at Your Fingertips. Ready. Set. Go.

Students, faculty, and staff: Review these quick start guides to learn how to take full advantage of Northwestern's tech resources



As a student you have access to a multitude of tools for managing your information like grades and tuition, plus resources you can use for academics, research, and more.
Student Resources
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Faculty and Staff

Northwestern IT offers essential services and tools needed for teaching, research, and administration including Canvas, SharePoint, conferencing, telephone services, and lecture capture.
Faculty and Staff Resources


As a member of the Northwestern community, you have access to a multitude of technology tools to collaborate with colleagues, conduct research, teach, and manage your daily life at Northwestern.
Researcher Resources

IT Community

Northwestern IT professionals can find work-related tools and resources, join or create communities of practice and interest, collaborate with colleagues, and get helpful information.

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