Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

Smart Computing

Risk Advisory

At the core, protecting information is being aware that certain types of data should be kept secure and private. Here is a list of fundamentals to get you started:

  • Keep operating systems and applications up to date by applying all critical software patches.
  • Use anti-virus software and keep it updated to protect against the latest threats.
  • Use strong passwords with a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters, and change passwords regularly.
  • Avoid using the same password for multiple websites, accounts, and applications.
  • Know the type and volume of data you have and safeguard it accordingly.
  • Back up data on a regular basis, and purge data that you are no longer required to keep.
  • Protect laptops and other mobile devices from theft, protect them with a login password, and enable encryption when possible.
  • Lock your computer and other devices when they are unattended.
  • Before clicking on any links within an email, verify that the email is from a sender that you know and trust.
  • Look for the lock icon and https:// prefix when logging in or entering sensitive information on web pages.
  • Use the privacy and security settings on social networks to control who sees what you post.

Resources:
Security and Privacy 101 Online Training