Office of the Chief Information Security Officer


August 13, 2021

Public vs. private: Social media

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This week in the public vs. private series we are considering security measures to keep data private on social media applications. As a part of their Telework and Mobile Security Guidance, the National Security Agency and Central Security Service has published a list of best practices for keeping safe on social media. Their guidance includes…

June 18, 2021

Series: Public vs. Private


This summer we will be writing weekly posts with a “public vs. private” theme. The first post in the series pointed to our Managing Secrets Risk Advisory. An important concept in data security and privacy is encryption. Encryption is the process of encoding data and/or communications so that only authorized parties can access them, keeping…

June 4, 2021

Out of office messages


Are your out of office (OOO) messages giving away too much information? Keep in mind that cyber criminals and other adversaries may use OOO messages for social engineering or spear phishing attacks. Read the linked article from Security Intelligence for more information, and if you’re going on a trip, check out our Tips for Traveling…

May 6, 2021

World Password Day

May 6 is World Password Day It’s a good day to: Review and/or update passwords and passphrases, including your UW NetID Make sure you aren’t re-using your UW NetID password on any other accounts Turn on 2FA on the web (if you haven’t already) Check out our passwords online training and poster Share this information…

February 26, 2021

Home Network Security

How much do you know about your router and other home devices connected to the Internet? Now is a good time to learn as much as you can! It’s important to check with manufacturer recommendations for configuring and managing your devices. Here are some tips to get you started: Make sure you change the default…

February 5, 2021

Use Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus software can help protect PCs, Macs, laptops, and smartphones from various forms of malware, but it must be kept up to date. Running anti-virus on your devices can be an important part of safeguarding your personal and UW institutional data. Members of the UW community can install a free version of Sophos anti-virus for…

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