Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

Best Practices


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…


July 30, 2021

Public vs private: Wireless encryption

This week in the public vs. private series we will cover what to do to keep your personal and UW data private, particularly while you’re in a public place. In order to protect your data, it is good to understand two “states” of data: Data at rest Data in transit Data stored on computers, laptops,…


June 25, 2021

File sharing permissions

When you collaborate and share information using UW-provided productivity platforms such as Office 365 or Google Drive, it’s important to ensure that you’re sharing only with people who should have access to files and folders on your individual and team drives. For each file or folder that you create, consider whether you would like the…


June 11, 2021

Back up your backups

It’s likely you’ve thought about backing up your data. But do you ever think about backing up your backups? As we noted on World Backup Day, the ever-increasing threat of ransomware is one great reason to keep your data, computers, phones, information systems, and critical information assets backed up. It’s important to use multiple methods…


May 28, 2021

Managing Secrets

An important part of attending to information security risks and threats is managing various types of secrets, such as passwords, certificates, and keys. Our newly-published Managing Secrets Risk Advisory lists considerations and tools for securely accessing, sharing, storing, and changing your organization’s secrets, as well as things to avoid. Go to Advisory More Articles


March 29, 2021

World Backup Day

March 31st is World Backup Day! Help spread awareness of the importance of backing up important data all year long. The information below is available as an infographic that can be shared online and/or printed out and posted in common areas. Instructions for printing are on our infographics page. Share the Infographic Why are backups…



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