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Security Logging Service
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Two-step verification
Combating Malware
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Cloud Computing and Data Outsourcing
Best Practices for Applications with Confidential University Data
  Security "Greatest Hits"
Managing Passwords
E-mail Harassment & Forgery
Hoaxes, frauds & scams
Wireless Networking
Encryption & digital signatures
  Best Practices
Secure desktop computing
Secure servers
Secure data deletion
Securing printers
Tips for safe computing
Computing policies
  More in-depth information for
Local support providers
System administrators
  Security initiatives
Critical host compliance
Authentication & authorization
Penn Security & Privacy Assessment (SPIA)
Security Liaisons (Restricted Access)
Secure Share
Secure Space
Vulnerability Scanner
  Related links
Electronic privacy
Worms, trojans, backdoors

Critical PennNet Hosts

A critical host is a  Server which, if compromised, could significantly harm the University. Schools and centers may optionally designate any hosts as critical if its compromise could significantly harm the local unit. Examples of significant harm could include legal liability, reputational damage, interruption of critical business functions, and disclosure of confidential information.

Penn's Computer Security Policy

The Computer Security Policy can be read in full at the following URL:

It defines requirements for servers that store confidential or operational University data (see the policy for a definition of these terms), including devices hosted on third-party networks by outside service providers. One of the requirements is registration as a Critical Host.

Critical Components Registration

To access this application you will need to have an account setup by your security liaison. If you are unsure who this is, please contact our office at

Last updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2013


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