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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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UIT Leadership Spotlight: Chris Stucker, Associate Director, Identity & Access Management

The former Army officer — who loves working among the Information Security Office's powerhouse employees, knocking down obstacles, and stargazing with his wife — says cybersecurity never takes a day off, driving him to learn and improve every day. 

Cyber smart actions make our world safer, more secure

If everyone does their part — implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences, or training employees — our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient.

UIT's Vaibhav Narula wins 2020 Staff Excellence Award

The Identity & Access Management senior architect — one of 23 recipients for the 2020 Academics and Student Affairs District Staff Excellence Award — is one of only eight University of Utah employees selected to receive the 2020 University Staff Excellence Award and $3,750 honorarium.

 


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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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   SECURITY CHAMPS

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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   Security champs meeting

The Security Champs will hold a meeting on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. The session will include presentations and an opportunity for some Q&A. If you are interested in joining, please reach out to ISO-GRC@utah.edu.

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Last Updated: 11/10/20