Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

October 27, 2020

CSAM Message from Mayor Durkan

In observance of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, UW Medicine Information Security has posted a video featuring Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, who shares the following tips for protecting healthcare information. Members of the UW community can watch the video by clicking the link below (you will be prompted for your login credentials).


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Tips for protecting healthcare information

  1. Treat business information as personal information. Business information typically includes a mix of personal and proprietary data. While you may think of trade secrets and company credit accounts, it also includes employee personally identifiable information (PII) through tax forms and payroll accounts. Do not share PII with unknown parties or over unsecured networks.
  2. Passwords. Interestingly, password length is 90% of password strength. “Ienjoywatchingturtlesrun” is a much more secure password than “1@4#7$”. Get creative and customize your standard password for different sites. Use password managers to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts.
  3. Keep your software updated to the latest version available. Maintain your security settings to keeping your information safe by turning on automatic updates so you don’t have to think about it and set your security software to run regular scans.
  4. It only takes one time. Data breaches do not typically happen when a cybercriminal has hacked into an organization’s infrastructure. Many data breaches can be traced back to a single security vulnerability, phishing attempt, or instance of accidental exposure. Be wary of unusual sources, do not click on unknown links, and delete suspicious messages immediately. For more information about email and phishing scams see the Phishing section above.

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