Tag: Membership

ATTW 2016 Registration Round-Up

Smile if you already registered for #attwcon 2016!

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Pre-conference registration is now closed. closes TODAY, Fri 3/25! in ten days!

If you’re planning on attending ATTW 2016 in Houston, please register for the conference now. Registration will be available at the door, but it will be faster for you (and for the registration team) if you register before the conference.

While you are registering, please renew your ATTW membership. We’ve added 20 memberships in the last two weeks, which is great news, but we still have about 50 presenters who haven’t signed up or renewed their memberships yet. Please do this along with your registration.

We can’t wait to see you in Houston! Read this letter from our conference co-chairs to learn more about the conference program.

Update 3/25: The Women in TC luncheon is SOLD OUT. Even if you’re not attending ATTW, you can still attend the Women in TC Luncheon at the ATTW conference. We are asking everyone to pre-register this year so we can plan accurately for lunches. 

If you have already registered for the conference and renewed your membership, thank you so much! We’ll see you soon!

 

ATTW Membership Update

Since we began our membership push in mid-January, more than 40 ATTW members have signed up or renewed for 2016. However, we’re still seeing two significant gaps we’d like to close before the conference: (1) while we are pleased to have 175 members, we have over 350 people on the ATTW-L, and our databases show even more former members who have allowed their membership to lapse; (2) over 70 conference presenters aren’t yet ATTW members.

ATTW membership is important because not only does it provide you with a subscription to Technical Communication Quarterly, it also helps to fund our conference each year. Your membership also funds graduate scholarships to attend and present at the conference.

If you have yet to sign up or renew your membership, you can find instructions and links at attw.org.

Graduate students can call or email Taylor & Francis directly to get the student membership rate of $22. Contact 1-800-354-1420 or customerservice@taylorandfrancis.com.

Faculty members, please be aware that when using a university email or renewing from a computer with a university IP address some members have had difficulties with the Taylor & Francis online store. If you need to use a university account or computer, it may simplify your process to contact Taylor & Francis by phone. 1-800-354-1420.

If you have questions about membership, please email Michelle McMullin attworg@gmail.com.

ATTW web security

In November 2014, not long after I interviewed with ATTW leadership for the web editor position, the ATTW server was compromised. Attackers used a well-known exploit to deface the server’s page. They added a bunch of bogus posts to the forums, too (though most weren’t publicly visible). Recently, an ATTW member suggested this security breach was caused by ATTW’s use of social media. This is simply false. I know of no security research which suggests social media is a vector for server exploits. So social media coordinator Michael Faris will continue to work closely to get important information about ATTW’s work to all of our members via email, social media, and the web.

Fortunately, since the ATTW server doesn’t handle credit card transactions and/or store sensitive data, the November breach caused no long-term damage we know of. Still, it is embarrassing. As a result, I’ve made security a key priority since I began work as ATTW web editor in February 2015. Here are some of the things we’re doing to keep our server secure and our members’ data safe.

  • Keeping web software up to date. This was the root of our November problem. We’ve set up notifications so I get multiple messages any time serious security vulnerabilities are published. If you see tweets from me like the one above, odds are we’ve learned of a security problem that needs immediate attention.
  • Keeping sensitive data off the server. Data that isn’t on a server can’t be compromised. ATTW has always used external services to handle credit cards and financial data, and that will continue.
  • Disabling software we don’t need. The modular nature of software like Drupal allows for functionality to be added as needed, which is great. But when that functionality is no longer used … why keep it around? That applies to external services, too: e.g. we have not been using ATTW’s LinkedIn account very much, so we deactivated it.
  • Using two-factor authentication for key accounts. Like you, ATTW uses accounts on Gmail and other services. Whenever possible, these accounts use two factor authentication, meaning logins require a verification code in addition to a password.
  • Using strong passwords which are differentiated across services. I was surprised to see the same passwords were used for a lot of ATTW.org services in the past, meaning a compromise could quickly escalate. No longer. We now use unique passwords which are long and made from diverse character sets.

We’ve planned other measures, such as use of a secure web server. And as we move forward and consider migrating ATTW web services to another platform, security will figure prominently not only in selection but configuration. Assistant web editor Michelle McMullin and I welcome your comments or suggestions about this important work.