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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 appropriate security resources and best practices.


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How to defend against, identify, and report cyberextortion

Email/text/voice-based extortion and cyberblackmail are becoming increasingly prevalent. In this primer, our experts in the Information Security Office offer advice on how to ward off, identify, and report cyberextortion attempts.

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August IT security tip: 4 ways to stay cybersafe

Welcome back to another semester at the University of Utah! Protect your virtual self by following these four useful tips from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), all of which apply at work, school, and home:

  • Turn on multifactor authentication
  • Update your software
  • Think before you click
  • Use strong passwords

July IT security tip: Check if your data’s been breached

Not all data breaches are big enough to make the headlines, so it's a good idea to occasionally check credible websites like Have I Been Pwned to find out whether any of your personal information has been exposed and if possible, where it was breached. For additional tips on what to do after a data breach, please access this Stay Safe Online article.

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U of U virtual private network

To access certain resources on the University of Utah network, campus employees and students who work or study remotely and and hospital/clinics personnel who work remotely should use a secure virtual private network (VPN).

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


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.


IT security software available through OSL

IT security software essentials

With antivirus and firewall software, you can better protect your information and reduce the risk to your computers from malicious attacks. Both are available at a reduced cost through the U's Office of Software Licensing (OSL).

Licenses are available for university organizations, work-at-home staff and faculty, and student, faculty, and staff with personally-owned computers.


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 IT 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.


Last Updated: 8/30/23