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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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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
Security Starts With You
New Regulatory Changes: Do They Apply to Your Area?


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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - Almanac Vol. 54, No. 21

Know What To Do if A Computer Security Incident Happens to You

If a computer security incident happens to you, don’t panic. Penn has established a policy and infrastructure to support the appropriate response to security incidents. Penn’s policy, the Information Systems Security Incident Response Policy, contains several components to ensure that computer security incidents are handled responsibly and that appropriate internal and external communication takes place.

The most important point to remember is that the policy requires that all Penn faculty, staff, consultants, contractors and students (and their respective agents) report “computer security incidents” to their local IT management, who in turn must notify ISC Information Security. A “computer security incident” is defined as any event that threatens the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of University systems, applications, data, or networks. This definition is intended to cover, at a minimum, compromised machines, lost or stolen computing or storage devices, and outright theft or abuse of data.

Under the policy, an immediate response team is assembled in cases involving “confidential University data.” The immediate response team investigates, contains, mitigates, and shares learning from computer security incidents. In certain cases, a senior response team is convened as well to address the need for any additional communications and actions.

The full text of the Information Systems Security Incident Response Policy can be viewed at www.net.isc.upenn.edu/policy/approved/20070103-secincidentresp.pdf.

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