WELCOME TO IT SECURITY

 

Welcome, and thank you for visiting the IT Security site.  The purpose of this site is to highlight the importance of IT security and to promote a secure computing environment for the UFV user community.

                  IT Security is Everyone's Responsibility



About IT Security

IT Security is an established area within Information Technology Services.  It's primary goal is the planning and administration of IT security for UFV's information network.

Ongoing IT Security objectives include:

  • Day-to-day management of information security
  • Developing and maintaining comprehensive security policies
  • Contributing to UFV's business continuity/disaster recovery planning
  • Providing opportunities for IT security awareness and education
  • Implementing strategic security enhancements and upgrades

Contact

Christopher Jones, IT Security Analyst
Information Technology Services
Room B244t
Local 4566
Email: Christopher.Jones@ufv.ca


IT Security is Everyone's Concern

As the saying goes, "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link."  This applies to IT security, as well.  A safe and secure computing environment is not just the concern of the IT professionals maintaining it, but of everyone who uses it.


Everyone Can Contribute

Following are some practical ways that users can contribute to their own security as well as the security of UFV's information network.

  • Don't share your password(s) with anyone
  • Make sure that passwords are sufficiently complex (minimum of 8 characters, include a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numeric and/or special characters) where possible
  • Use a recognized anti-virus program (Trend Micro, Norton, Kaspersky, AVG, etc.) on personal computing devices
  • Keep your virus signatures up to date
  • Don't open or respond to SPAM email messages
  • Never open attachments from unsolicited email
  • Never respond to email requests to provide sensitive information
  • Be extremely careful posting and storing personally identifiable information (PII) as identity theft is rampant
While these practices may seem obvious, they are often disregarded or ignored, exposing the user to unexpected and unwanted consequences.


Stay Informed. . .

The security landscape is changing all the time. . .so please visit this site often for updated information and tips on safe and secure computing.

 

Using Public Computers‌

Most of us will wash our hands before sitting down to eat.

However, when it comes to  using public computers such as ones found in libraries or at airport kiosks, are we equally concerned about cleanliness?  You have no idea of what bad things may be lurking there–either in the hardware or the software.

In particular, avoid accessing personal accounts from computers at locations such as these.

It’s both possible—and probable—that these systems have been compromised, and your personal information could be at considerable risk.

In terms of online banking or shopping using your credit card, avoid doing so from a public computer.

Even conducting such activity from a friend’s computer could be risky if they have not taken proper precautions to protect their system and keep security patches up to date.

   
   
   
   

 

 
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

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