Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Almanac Vol. 62, No. 2
Welcome Back! Here's a Map to Good Information Security
Each year, Penn's Provost's Office sponsors a series of events around a theme chosen by faculty, staff and students. This academic year is the “Year of Discovery.” In that spirit, we propose three security and privacy tips to help you explore safely:
1. Find a Good Guide: Your Local Support Provider (LSP) can help you protect your systems and data from compromise or loss. They can also work with you to determine the appropriate protections based on the type of data you work with. Make them your first stop on the road to adventure! (See www.upenn.edu/computing/view/support/ for assistance finding your LSP).
2. Pack the Basics:
• Passwords: Make sure they are strong and unique between important accounts (for example, is your PennKey different from your banking password?)
• Patching: Set all your devices to "auto-update," both the operating system and applications.
• Firewall and Anti-Virus: Make sure your system firewall is enabled at all times and install the anti-virus software that Penn provides (for free!): https://secure.www.upenn.edu/computing/resources/content/connect-penn
3. Secure Your Gear: Make sure you have up-to-date backups of your data, and that mobile devices (like laptops, tablets and phones) are encrypted whenever possible. Your LSP can help.
For more details and additional tips contact email@example.com or check out our Top 10 suggestions at http://www.upenn.edu/computing/security/checklists/Top10/