Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Need to print or photocopy?

Do you need to print or photocopy in the library?  If so, you must start by adding credit to your account.  This short tutorial will take you through it step-by-step...

You can access this tutorial on the Library's Moodle account.  No Moodle key required.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Interested in some part-time work in the library?

If you are interested, please check your ITB Student Email for the Application Form!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A new and improved RefWorks!

Did you have a RefWorks account last year?  RefWorks is an online management system for gathering information about the sources you use in your assignments (books, journal articles, websites etc), and for referencing your assignment in the required Referencing Style.  If this is new to you, don't worry!  We will have lots of information for you when you start your assignments...

But, if you had a RefWorks account last, please note there have been changes over the summer.  You have three options of how to proceed:

(1) You can continue to use Legacy RefWorks this year (although the provider is no longer developing it).  To do so, just login here: https://www.refworks.com/refworks2/default.aspx?r=authentication::init

(2) You can move the references in your Legacy RefWorks account to the new and improved Proquest RefWorks.  This is only necessary if there are references in your account that you wish to keep.  Login as normal and select the option to "Move to the Newest Version of RefWorks from Proquest".  Then follow the online instructions to create your new account.

(3) You can create a new account in Proquest RefWorks (https://refworks.proquest.com) using your ITB email address and a password you create.  Please note, any existing accounts in Legacy RefWorks will remain but won't be updated.

Let us know if you have any questions at LibraryInfo@itb.ie!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New library management system

Have you seen our new library catalogue yet?  This summer we implemented a new library management system: http://www.itb.ie/library/home.html

Over the next few weeks, we will introduce you to our new and improved features.  For now...

You can login to your library account using your student number and your network password.

You can login to the library databases (via Search for Journals) in the same way as last year, i.e. using your name, student number and library PIN.

If you have any questions, be sure to let us know at LibraryInfo@itb.ie 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Welcome back!

A big welcome back to all our new and returning students.  We hope you had a great summer!

This week the Library and Student Information Desk (SID) will open from 9.15am - 5.00pm, Monday-Friday.  The library's late opening hours will resume next week! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cyber security and digital forensics

Dr. Anthony Keane, Head of Department of Informatics, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Today the focus of cyber attacks has broadened to incorporate all devices that handle digital information and the people that use them.  The list of criminal activity has also expanded to mirror the typical traditional crimes perpetrated on individuals, such as identification theft, stolen credit card information, robbery, fraud, spying, espionage, unauthorised access and usage and so on. 

Such crimes are made possible by the poor security inherent in the Internet and on the networked devices attached to the Internet.  Cyber crimes throughout the World, including India, are increasing at a fast pace causing monetary and personal losses to individual, corporations and governmental institutions. There is an increased measure to effectively tackle cyber crimes starting with awareness, training and legalisation.

As in all crime, police use data gathering and forensics methods to build their case using a specialist field in computer science called Digital Forensics.  This involves analysing computers and digital storage devices like smartphones, external USB storage devices, cameras, etc to extract data to build a timeline of activity of the user and to investigate the files on the device.  Specialist programs are used to help the investigator like AccessData Forensics Tool Kit (FTK) and Guidence Software’s EnCASE Forensics Tools, to extract the data in a forensics accepted manner.

In colleges and Universities throughout the World, degree and postgraduate courses have begun teaching Cyber Security and Digital Forensics to students with great success.   The students are very interested in seeing what can be recovered from digital devices and as a result of this interest, the students get to learn how operating systems work, how application systems operate and about the network systems the computers are attached.  Skills of the forensics investigator cover file systems operation and management, encryption, password cracking, data analysis, malware operation, rootkits, usage of tools like FTK or EnCASE and report writing skills.

New areas in digital forensics are Cloud Forensics and eDiscovery.  As data moves from local storage on local devices into Cloud Services, the traditional forensics methods don’t apply and new approaches are being developed to handle the new media and business modelling.  The eDiscovery approach is required in many law court cases to locate potential evidence in case trials based on agreed search criteria so lawyers and police need to be educated on the methods and tools for eDiscovery as they would about any other part of their profession.

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland, (http://www.itb.ie) is at the forefront in the development and application of cutting-edge courses at degree and postgraduate degree in Cyber Security & Digital Forensics covering areas such as Digital Forensics, Cyber Crime Investigations, Secure Communications, Network Security, Biometrics, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.  These courses include current industry certifications (such as CCNA Security and AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE)) as well as internationally recognised degree certification.

Parallel to the taught programmes at ITB are research projects in the Cyber Security and Digital Forensics areas at masters and PhD levels that are run in partnership with companies and focus on real-world problems.   Research students build and run the Cyber Challenge Capture-the-Flag competitions for different companies and for OWASP, IRISS and IBM.  

Dr. Anthony Keane, Head of Department of Informatics, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Anthony heads the Informatics Department here in ITB and is also the principle investigator in the Network Security & Computer Forensics group where he has several master and doctoral research students investigating information security aspects of modern network infrastructure, devices and services from Smartphones to Cloud Computing. Anthony Keane has a BSc (Physics) from University College Galway , an MSc (Astrophysics) from University College London and PhD from University College Dublin. Prior to joining ITB, Anthony worked in the Cosmic Physics Section of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, as a doctorate research student and later as a post doctorate researcher.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Could you be a web tutorial developer?

This summer, with the help of the AIB Innovation Fund, ITB Library is working on a project to adapt a series of online tutorials.  We are looking for an ITB student, with web design experience, to work as a research student.

The tutorials will be located on the Library's Moodle page: http://moodle.itb.ie/course/view.php?id=996

What is the project about?
We intend to adapt a set of tutorials created by the University of Manchester Library (e.g. https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/learning-objects/mle/packages/writing/).  They include topics such as academic writing skills, presentation skills etc.  We aim to adapt them so that they are directly relevant to ITB undergraduates.

What does the research student need?
  • to be able to edit online content, e.g. sample questions may be altered to reflect subjects taught at ITB; database login information and instructions may be replaced with local information; contact details may be changed etc.
  • to have a good eye for aesthetic presentation, i.e. a style guide will be developed for the colour-palette, graphics, logos etc. used across the tutorials.  Photos, screencasts, videos etc. will be created to replace imported information with local information.
  • to have the technical knowledge to test the functionality of the tutorials across browsers, platforms etc.

What does the research student not need?
  • knowledge about the content of the tutorials.  Library staff will provide any guidance necessary.

Hours of work:
35 hours per week. Normal working hours will be 9 to 5 Monday to Friday for a period of 3 months.

The salary will be a maximum of €2,000 over a period of three months.