Increased Web Security
As many of the campus web developers and content owners already know, OIT made some major changes on the weekend of February 24, 2007 regarding the configuration of it's central web serving environment as it relates to how various websites access the filesystem, and persmissions that they use. We implemented a security regime based around an Apache module called mod_waklog, which was originally developed at the University of Michigan, and has been twisted by us at UMBC for our own purposes.
The changes made probably seemed drastic, heavy-handed, without planning -- however, we had been planning on making these changes over a long time frame, working with various content owners and web developers to convert their sites to the new security regime as time allowed. Due to an immediate security concern, however, we had to accelerate our time table on the site conversions, and do them all in one swoop as soon as we technically and humanly could.