New Employee IT Resources

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A vast amount of Information Technology resources are available to new employees.

Credit: Penn State

As a new employee at Penn State New Kensington you have a number of essential steps to complete in order to successfully use the technology on campus as well as to ensure the security of your identity and University data. Complete/review the following items within the first few days of your employment.

1. Activating your Access Account and PSU id+ Card

Once HR creates your Access Account, you will receive an activation notification to an external email address (a non-Penn State email address that is on file at Penn State); the process is completed electronically. Your Penn State Access Account is used for logging into the campus computers and using essential computing services. More information can be found at the Access Account page: Penn State Access Accounts. If you need access to specific department IT resources, once you activate your Access Account, your supervisor must submit a request on your behalf to the NKITS Help Desk.  If you forget your password you can reset it by going to the Accounts page, Forgot Password.

The PSU id+ card is Penn State's official identification card. It can be used for LionCash, library reservations, discounts, and much more. You must follow this process in order to get your ID+ card:

  1. Visit the IT Service Desk in 044 Blissell Library and Computer Center
  2. Present a valid driver's license, passport, state-issued photo ID, military ID, government-issued photo ID, high school photo ID with a Social Security Card, college ID with a Social Security Card, or a Permanent Resident Card to confirm your identity. Without one of these valid forms of ID, we cannot issue you an id+ card.
  3. Pose for your photo and wait for it to be printed

Learn more about id+ cards at the id+ website.

2. Enrolling in Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

2FA is an added security measure similar to how you protect your bank account with a pin number (something you know) and debit card (something you have) when you withdraw money from an ATM.

After you enroll in 2FA, when you log in to WebAccess—Penn State’s online authentication system that protects Office365, Workday, Canvas, and more—you will enter your Penn State user ID (i.e., xyz5000) and password (something you know) as usual, and then use your smartphone or another device (something you have) to verify your identity.

Please keep in mind it is important to enroll more than one device (such as a smartphone and desk phone) in 2FA to avoid difficulties authenticating if you lose or don’t have your only enrolled device with you.

3. Microsoft Office 365 (Email, Calendaring and more)

Microsoft Office 365 empowers you to create, collaborate, and innovate through a host of email, calendaring, and premier applications that can be accessed from anywhere in the world, at any time, on any device. You can check your PSU email and manage your calendar at the following site:

4. Phishing Training

Phishing is an attempt to steal your personal information, usually via a fraudulent email message or phone call. The people who do this pose as representatives of trusted, well-known organizations and ask for information that will allow them to impersonate their victims. Don't take the bait! Visit to learn how to protect yourself. To report a phishing email, please forward the message to [email protected].

5. Watch the Information Security Training Videos

The Office of Information Security (OIS) has a series of videos to help you learn about information security and privacy. These videos take no more than five minutes each to watch, with a total running time of 50 minutes.

6. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Training

No PSU employee is permitted to electronically store or transmit any PII (sensitive data) on their University computer/devices. Examples of PII include credit card numbers, social security numbers, bank account information, and driver license numbers. For those that work with certain systems or information types must use a software program called “Spirion” on a weekly basis to ensure PII is not present:

  • Systems in units/areas storing and processing financial data
  • Financial officers
  • Financial aid data
  • PCI environments
  • Anyone within HR including strategic partners and consultants
  • Data that falls under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • Systems with Protected Health Information (PHI) or Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
  • HIPAA covered components
  • Systems with Level 3/Level 4 data that have not yet been moved into an enclave
  • Police services
  • Risk Management

Spirion is used to scan all of the files on your computer to find sensitive information. If found, you must delete it using this software tool. More information about Spirion and training resources can be found at

7. Review the Safeguards for Keeping Penn State Data Secure

Protecting information begins at the individual employee level, regardless of your role at the University. It is important that we all practice responsible data stewardship to ensure that Penn State data is kept secure. Please review the Penn State's Information Classification website to better understand the different categories of data, where different types of data are permitted to be stored, and when data needs to be destroyed.

8. Read and Review University Information Technology (IT) Policies

Read and make sure you understand applicable University Information Technology policies.

9. Network Storage and Data Backup

You are responsible for backing up your Penn State files and data. File storage resources can be found at and additional information about Data Backup and Retention Procedure PSU-NK-ITS-012 can be found at The preferred method of storage is Penn State's Office 365 environment. Additional information on what types of data can be stored where can be found at

Additional Resources

Service Desk Incidents/Requests

Having an issue with a computer, printer, or phone? Need help creating marketing materials? Visit the Campus Work Order/Request website to submit a formal incident/request. Sufficient lead time is required in order to guarantee fulfillment of your requests. See the forms on the Campus Work Order/Request website for more information about the required lead-times.

Phone & Voicemail Resources

Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series Quick Start Guide
Cisco IP Phone 8800 Series Quick Start Guide
Cisco Jabber for Windows Quick Start Guide

All employees with an assigned phone number extension will have a voicemail box.

Retrieve Voicemail:

  1. Dial 6100 (onsite) or 724-334-6100 (offsite or via your cell phone).
  2. Enter your id, which is the 11-digit phone number for the line you want to check. Example: 1724334xxxx
  3. Supply the PIN code for the line you are checking.

Additional functionality can be found at Penn State's VOIP website to:

  • Retrieve and manage your voicemail messages - KB0011454
  • Receive an email when a voicemail is left - KB0011453
  • Manage your voicemail greetings - KB0010217
  • Set your display name on your phone - KB0016260
  • Reset your voicemail PIN - KB0011452
  • Change your phone’s speed dials - KB0011449
  • Manage call forwarding - KB0011222


There are multiple copiers strategically located across the campus for full-time faculty and staff printing. For more sensitive documents you can send jobs to the copiers securely by using the "Locked Print" feature. You must enter the last 5 digits of your PSU ID number to perform the copy and fax functions at the copiers. Faxing capabilities are available via the copiers in the Mailroom and Continuing Education.

Printing for adjunct faculty is available in the Adjunct Office (Arbuckle 011).

Additional Copier Resources

IM C4510 Online Manual
IM C300 Online Manual

Video Conferencing and Media Management

Zoom video conferencing allows you to engage in multi-person video or audio meetings using software installed on your computer, without the need for dedicated video conferencing hardware. Zoom combines cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. You can log into your PSU Zoom account using your PSU username and password.

Free Software Downloads

Software at Penn State is committed to providing you with the software that enhances your ability to get things done. We strive to offer these software titles at rates that are much lower than you would find elsewhere. Feel free to browse the products available to you.

Wireless Access

Wireless internet access is available on most of the Penn State New Kensington campus. A guide to easily set up your personal phone/computer for Wireless can be found at