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1 Steve Garner Ag Communications Services IT Manager

2 Concentration on Securing ‘Sensitive Data’ Social security numbers Youth data Credit Card/Financial Info Home Addresses, DOB

3 Securing PII data Personal Professional Account List Account numbers Passwords User IDs Company name Financial Data Quicken files Taxes Cancelled checks Legal Documents Birth certificates Passports Credit Card photos Academic Records Grades Student Information Transcripts SSN/PUID Recommendation letters Academic challenge materials Research Data Names of children Survey results

4 Why are we doing this? LAWSUITS? Lost/stolen computing devices/data Hackers and Malware Must reduce the number of electronic files available Protect our clientele Assure them that PII is safe with CES

5 Acceptable Use Policy The UK Acceptable Use Policy contains official guidelines for the responsible use of information technology resources at the University. The Acceptable Use Policy describes your rights and responsibilities when using and accessing university resources. Acceptable Use Policy

6 Layered Defense Update Software Use Antivirus Software Use Strong Passwords Secure your Physical Environment and Encrypt Sensitive Data Keep Wireless Devices Secure Practice Online Safety Back Up Your Data

7 Update Software Operating Systems and Applications Auto Update Win XP and Win 7 Update software on mobile devices too Restart Computer ? YES!!!

8 Antivirus Software Keep Forefront up to date Microsoft Forefront can be downloaded at

9 Sensitive Data Locations? My Documents, Ctyfile, and other folders on hard drives/media, Access databases Email Folders Sent items Archives Deleted items/Trash Backups on portable media Flash drives Servers

10 What to do Delete unneeded files Empty recycle bin Print and store information then delete source file Consolidate needed files to minimize locations Encrypt and/or password protect sensitive files Don’t keep inactive old devices around Wipe old hard drives before reusing hardware or disposal

11 Password Guidelines Don’t always use the same password Don’t share your passwords Don’t email it to anyone for any reason Use Strong Passwords At least 8 characters long Avoid dictionary words, phrases, quotes, etc. Mix of upper and lower case letters Use number and non-letter characters

12 File Protection Password protect/encrypt Office files that contain sensitive information Can encrypt any file/folder on computer Encrypt sensitive information that HAS to be stored

13 Encryption --The process of converting messages, information, or data into a form unreadable by anyone except the intended recipient. encryption—crypt—comes from the Greek word kryptos, meaning hidden or secret About 1900 BC An Egyptian scribe used non-standard hieroglyphs in an inscription. This is the first documented example of written cryptography. So nothing new about encryption!

14 Automatic Encryption BitLocker Windows 7 Secures entire drive in background TrueCrypt Free open-source disk encryption

15 What is True Crypt Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows, Mac OS X Main Features: Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file. Encryption is automatic, real-time (on the fly) and transparent. Parallelization and pipelining allow data to be read and written as fast as if the drive was not encrypted. Hidden volume

16 Mobile device Security Password protect the login Encrypt sensitive data Automatic Encrypted flash drives are available Physically secure with lock Location Services: find myiPhone(iPad, etc.) also similar products for Android devices(Prey)

17 Public Wireless Airports Hotels Coffee Shops Bookstores Neighbors Access Point Use UK’s site licensed VPN Client Cisco VPN Client for Windows

18 Practice Online Safety  Only download what you trust, and even then be wary.  Limit what you download to your work computer  Don’t accept downloads from strangers What else are you getting with the “free” stuff? “Free” music and file sharing programs are wide open doors for hackers.

19 Backup Your Data It’s not a matter of IF, it’s a matter of when.

20 Non-technical Protections Lock your doors Hide your valuables Make your device hard to lose Attach to keychain Lanyard Whatever helps

21 Questions?

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