Choose Software Update in System Preferences, check Check for updates: and choose Daily from the drop box next to it, check Download important updates in the background box
Require services such as ssh, ftp, SQL be open to the Internet Constant Internet scanning of ports such as ssh for brute force password attacks and vulnerabilities in SQL software ITS offers port and vulnerability scan service Send name and IP number of server to email@example.com
Screensaver Lockout Protects your computer while it is not attended Requires a password and a timeout period
Right click on Desktop, choose Properties from the drop down menu
In Display Properties window, click on Screen Saver tab, check On resume, password protect, and choose the proper wait time, click OK
In Mac OS X, choose Desktop & Screen Saver from System Preferences, choose proper screen saver and start time
In Mac OS X, choose Security from System Preferences, check Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver box
Encryption for Mobile Devices laptops, usb drives easily lost or stolen
Date: 10/31/2007 Ferris State University is alerting applicants that their personal information was stored on a laptop stolen from a recruiter's car. The laptop contained the names, address, dates of birth, telephone numbers, e-mail address and academic information on 18,000 2007 and 2008 applicants. According to university officials, the information on the laptops is protected by two levels of user identification and passwords so the risk of identity theft is low. However, the university wants to make sure students are aware of the risks and what steps they can take to protect themselves. Toward this end, the university has created a web site - www.ferris.edu/laptoptheft - as well as a phone line - 800-433-7747 - to help answer questions and provide information. www.ferris.edu/laptoptheft
Date: 10/17/2007 The University of Cincinnati is alerting students after a flash drive containing student data, including names and Social Security numbers, was stolen. The drive, containing information on more than 7,000 graduate and undergraduate students, was stolen from the desk of an employee. According to university officials, there has been no evidence that the information has been misused. The university has sent letters to all affected students and has also alerted the three major credit bureaus.
Confidential information on mobile devices must be protected Login passwords and file passwords help but are not enough True security for confidential information requires that the information be encrypted TrueCrypt
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