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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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Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 31

Run a security/privacy check on new and upgraded systems and applications

  • You just built a great new database to improve administrative efficiency in your department
  • You’ve launched a new application collecting personal data of participants as part of a research study.
  • You’ve upgraded an older system to a new version and are delighted by the better features. 

Are you thinking about the security and privacy implications in any of these scenarios?   If you aren’t, you should be. 

Penn has developed an easy-to-use tool - the "Security and Privacy Impact Assessment" or "SPIA$quot; tool - that can be used to evaluate any individual database or application. The tool is already being used by many Schools and Centers to inventory and evaluate systems in general. 

To use the tool on an individual system, go to the SPIA site at and, using the blank tool (an Excel spreadsheet), follow steps 2 through 5 in the SPIA instructions. Sample evaluations are also available. If you need assistance or have questions, write to

Sleep better at night - find your security and privacy vulnerabilities before the bad guys do.


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