During a recent U town hall, CIO Steve Hess addressed the IT security issues that
come with telecommuting, including concerns about data privacy and work on personal
devices. He urged employees (and students) to review and follow university IT regulations,
especially now that the U is piloting a 24-month telecommuting program.
To create a central, more user-friendly, and easy-to-manage virtual private network
(VPN) service, the University of Utah and University of Utah Health are partnering
on a project to replace Cisco AnyConnect with the Palo Alto GlobalProtect client.
To keep vast sums of restricted credit card processing data locked down, the university
adheres to strict payment card industry data security standards. If you’re a potential
credit-processing point of contact, you can help by working with Financial & Business
Services to set up a merchant account.
tips & resources
University-approved platforms for restricted and sensitive data
Due to the level of risk associated with restricted and sensitive data, the university
has approved only a select number of platforms for those data types. Our security
matrix provides an overview of some popular platforms and the data types for which
they are approved.
FERPA: How to securely share and store student data
We created a couple of resources to help instructors and students understand which
applications and devices can be used to share and store FERPA-protected data, especially
as more of us use new platforms to learn, teach, and connect remotely.
Flowchart: Is this platform safe? READ MORE
Telecommuting? Follow these security best practices.
Compared to working on campus, telecommuting can present different information security
risks, especially when it comes to network security, data storage, and physical security.
By following these best practices, you can help protect yourself and the university
Using a VPN to access the campus network
To access certain resources on the University of Utah network, university employees
and students working or studying remotely should use a secure virtual private network
University of Utah VPN options:
- Cisco AnyConnect
- Palo Alto Global Protect
- Departmental VPN
You realize it a moment too late: You fell for a malicious email, clicked a bad link,
and entered your password on a suspicious site. You’ve just been phished! Now what?
If you click on a questionable link and enter login credentials, immediately change
your password in the CIS portal — and in any personal accounts that may be compromised.
Secure those passwords!
Is your password secure enough?
Easy-to-guess, "weak" passwords are the main way criminals gain access to system information.
Keeping passwords safe and hard to guess is critical to ensure information is not
Take a moment to review the University of Utah's password requirements and guidelines.
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Add an extra layer of protection to your university accounts
According to the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, higher education institutions
are increasingly becoming a target for cybercriminals. Multi-factor authentication
(MFA) decreases the chances of a security attack because the criminal cannot access
data with your login credentials alone.
That’s where Duo two-factor authentication (2FA) comes in — the idea that you are
authenticating your identity via two separate factors, one of which isn’t your password.
The Information Security Office is looking for engaged, enthusiastic Security Champs
to help us strengthen university-wide information security risk management through
education and collaboration.
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