Keeping Current on Privacy, November 24, 2008
Presentation by Lauren Steinfeld, Chief Privacy and Institutional Compliance Officer
to Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (PASEF).
A summary of her presentation follows.
Identity Theft - Protecting your Data
Identity theft is a relatively easy crime to commit, once a person has access to certain personal information:
- Social security numbers
- Credit card numbers
- Date of birth
Protect Yourself Offline
- Don't carry cards with social security numbers - theft of wallet can lead to ID theft
- Shred documents that are no longer need.
- Employee resource fair - shredding truck for personal documents
- Question those who ask for your social security number.
- Challenge those who print full credit card numbers on sales slips.
Protect Yourself Online
- Run Spider or ID Finder to search for old social security numbers.
- Secure shopping - signs to look for:
- Review pop-up warnings
- Blogging - do not share your birth date or address if not necessary.
- Earlier forms
- Current spear fishing threats
- What to watch for - anti-phishing phil as educational tool (demo)
Safe Use of Technology
- Computer Security - How ID theft is occurring these days
- Key Stroke Logger + Credit Reports
- Security suite - AV, firewall, patches
- Wireless networks - keep them secure
- Portable devices - major risk area
- Password practices
- Do not save in cache
Identity Theft - Proactive Services
Other Significant User Controls
Brief Overview of Major Penn Programs
- Online training
- How to enroll
- Almanac tips
- SPIA Program - assessing databases and applications
- Incident Response
- Coming: ID Finder, encryption, strengthening PennKey project