Data Privacy Month: [U]Tech shares tips to protect information

This month, University Technology’s ([U]Tech) Information Security Office is marking Data Privacy Month by sharing information to help Case Western Reserve University community members keep their information private and secure.

The focus this week is on knowing the basics of how to protect data.

The following eight tips are courtesy of the SANS Institute:

  1. Never share your password with anyone else.
  2. Keep a secure desktop, including locking the computer screen and securely storing sensitive documents (Box is the only approved cloud-based platform for storing restricted data at CWRU).
  3. Know the sensitivity of the data you are handling.
  4. Know CWRU policies and procedures.
  5. Authenticate people before sharing sensitive information.
  6. When it comes time to get rid of sensitive data, paper documents may need to be disposed of in shred bins, and digital media should be securely wiped or destroyed.
  7. Only use authorized systems and software.
  8. If you believe any information has been lost, stolen or compromised, contact the [U]Tech Service Desk at help@case.edu, 216.368.HELP (4357) or case.edu/utech/help, or the Information Security Office immediately.

Visit the [U]Tech’s Information Security Office website for more security tips and the latest news.