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The Information Security Office (ISO) continuously strives for daily operational excellence to ensure the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of University of Utah information technology systems and data through exploitation of appropriate security resources and best practices.


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IT security policies are critical to the University of Utah’s mission

This IT security rule protects U data. Are you following it?

If the university and its community members don’t comply with Rule 4-004C: Data Classification and Encryption, they not only open the door for potential malicious attacks, they can also be held liable for not safeguarding the data.

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Digital security tip: Use 2FA for all your accounts

Help protect the university — and each other! Encourage your users, colleagues, and students to sign up for two-factor authentication (2FA) through Duo Security to add a layer of protection to their university accounts! You can also recommend using 2FA Directory to secure all their personal online accounts, too.

Chris Stucker rejoins UIT as IAM associate director

Stucker will resume his responsibilities as associate director for the Identity & Access Management team in the Information Security Office on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.


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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 from cyberthreats.


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 (VPN).

University of Utah VPN options:
  • Cisco AnyConnect
  • Palo Alto Global Protect 
  • Departmental VPN


Phishing lessons

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!

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 compromised.

Take a moment to review the University of Utah's password requirements and guidelines.




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 U is a 2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion!

   We're a 2021
   CSAM Champion!

As a Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) Champion, the University of Utah affirms its committment to promoting a safer, more secure, and more trusted internet today and every day.

Do your part — be cyber smart: Visit the 2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Month website.


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.

Up next: The Security Champs will meet on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. via Teams.


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Last Updated: 9/20/21