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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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6 things tagged with SSNs.

You Can't Lose Data That You Don't Have
What's the Half-life of an SSN?
SSN Policy Reminder–Comply, or Have Compliance Plan, by May 1, 2008
Converting SSN to PennID
SSN Cleanup Tools: Use Them and Protect the Penn Community
Privacy of Social Security Numbers


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2009-11-03 - Almanac Vol. 56, No. 10

You Can't Lose Data That You Don't Have

A few months ago, at a peer institution, a laptop containing names and Social Security numbers of 45,000 students, faculty and staff was stolen. This was not an isolated incident. More and more data breaches are occurring as a result of lost or stolen laptops. Data is also at risk when it is stored on an unsecured desktop.

The best way to avoid risks to sensitive data, to individuals, and to Penn is simply not to download sensitive data unless you absolutely must. Your Local Support Provider (LSP) can advise you on how you can instead store and access sensitive documents on properly secured departmental file servers. They should be used whenever possible to reduce the number of points of possible data vulnerability. If you must download sensitive data, contact your LSP for assistance in encrypting the file, securing your machine, and securely deleting the information once it is no longer necessary.

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