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One Step Ahead: Almanac Security Tips - 2014

In each issue, Penn's Journal of Record, The Almanac publishes helpful tips and hints for dealing with information security and privacy matters. This page is a collection of all those published thus far.
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Table of Contents (view all)

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability
Security and Privacy Tips for World Travelers
Filing Taxes Online This Year? Take Steps to Protect Your Information!
If your computer runs Windows XP, you must update it now!
Why Should You Report Security Incidents? And How Do You Report One?
Photo and Video Privacy Issues
The Password is Dead, Long Live the Password!
Data Privacy Month: NSA Surveillance Panel at the National Constitution Center
Protecting Your Finances During This Year’s Holiday Shopping Season
Beware of Phishing E-mails in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan
No E-mail from Penn Will Ask For Your Username/Password or SSN
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act: Does It Apply to Your Website?
October: National Cyber Security Awareness Month; Free Secure Disposal of Paper and Electronics
What Basic Rules Protect Student Information at Penn? (September 2013)
Protecting Privacy and Security on Penn + Box

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 18

What keeps you up at night?

If the answer is:  I have a lot of personal, sensitive data in a database or application and I’m not sure I’m protecting it appropriately, you are not alone, and unfortunately, your concerns may very well be valid! 

Many faculty and staff at Penn are now learning different ways of building databases and applications to run administrative and academic functions -- but many have not had the security training to minimize the risks of hackers accessing data, physical theft, web crawlers like Google picking up the data and making it publicly searchable, and other risks that are all too real in today’s world.

A new tool is now available to help you identify the top privacy and security risks, and more importantly, identify strategies that help to minimize those risks.  It is called the Security and Privacy Impact Assessment (SPIA) and was developed jointly by Information Systems and Computing and the Office of Audit, Compliance, and Privacy.  The process is described and the tool available by visiting and clicking on "Conduct Your Own Security and Privacy Impact Assessment." We are all much better off finding security holes and plugging them through our own proactive activities rather than hearing about them from others once the damage has already been done.

If you have questions about the SPIA process or tool, please write to  An ounce of prevention . . . still makes sense.


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