Monday, March 16, 2020

Computing colleagues:

Welcome to the first day of our continuity plan testing. I hope everyone has found teleworking to be successful. If you have a problem or a question about your situation, please let your supervisor know. Supervisors, please pass information up to leadership early and often.

In the meantime, I’ve just installed the brand-new faster/better/awesomer VPN client for iOS, and will be installing it for macOS a little later today (if you don’t know entirely what I’m talking about, feel free to visit for both the thin and thick clients). 

We have few important items:

First, if you are an instructor of record for any course this term, please being preparing for a possible shift to online delivery. Please try to do at least a simple trial run this week with the software you expect to use, and notify your chair of your successes or challenges. We need to find and solve problems in the online teaching space as quickly as possible before we begin testing with students next week.

For faculty and staff, we have updated our college continuity plan website with new information on cybersecurity, software for telework, how to access TSO, and a new link to the Institute’s telecommuting website. We have also added an archive of my daily messages at the bottom of the page.

I’d like for everyone to pay particular attention to cybersecurity during this time. We know that there has been a rise in phishing and other malicious attacks. You may receive deceptive texts, calls, and e-mails from folks claiming to be Institute, college, or school leadership. If you are in doubt, please forward the e-mail to

We also recommend contacting the person who supposedly sent the message via the contact information *you already have* for them: do not use any new numbers, addresses, or what-have-ypu that you may find in the body of the e-mail itself. Also, do not share your GT password or your two-factor authentication device with anyone.

Finally, I want to remind everyone that regular purchasing and shipping regulations are still in force. In practice, that means that you may not have items shipped to your home; rather, you must have them shipped to the College and pick them up there. Also, you will not be reimbursed for purchases over $500 that you have not pre-cleared (usually with your supervisor). We are still responsible for the taxpayers’ money, current policies remain in force, and we will be held accountable accordingly. 

I’ll reach out again no later than tomorrow with more updates. In the meantime, please check the  college continuity plan website.

...and please take care of yourselves and each other.

Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart,, 404-894-8357

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