CISO Memo: A Busy Spring

David SherryThe semester has come to an end, and the university celebrated its 244th commencement last weekend. Now is the time for graduates to reflect back on their four years here on College Hill, and for me to look back on the ISG mission since our last newsletter.

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Take It Up a Notch or Two!

Gauge from 0 to 10+ with password fieldBusiness applications like Workday and Banner give you greater access to personal information than ever before. Is your password strong enough to safeguard it?

To protect you and the University, starting this fall Brown will require that all network passwords contain a minimum of ten characters, include a symbol, and be changed annually.

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How to Have a Safe & Secure Summer

Couple on vacation, taking a picture of selves in front of Eiffel TowerSome tips from ISG about keeping safe and secure when you’re out and about this summer.

Be smart about that phone

If you’re like a growing number of people, you have a smartphone that goes everywhere you do, and when you travel, you carry it in pocket or purse along with other essentials such as your drivers license and/or passport.  Unfortunately, if you’re also like a lot of people, chances are good that you’ll  lose that phone.

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Phishing Good News / Bad News

There’s Fishing luresgood news and bad news about phishing.

First the bad news. ISG and the Help Desk have received numerous reports from the community of phishy emails this past semester. While that means that the unrelenting phishing flow has not dried up, the good news is, this also indicates you’re getting wise to the wiles of the scam artists.

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Identity Finder & SEE Update

Identity Finder logo, with picture of robotic dogHere’s an update on two ISG-recommended products that were introduced to the campus community this past semester: Identity Finder and Symantec Endpoint Encryption.

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PBI & Online Training

LearningPoint logoIn the last edition of Secure IT!, we announced that registration for the Protecting Brown’s Information class had moved from the Training.brown.edu site to LearningPoint (LP). Since January we have also moved the online materials to LP.

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Securing Your Mobile Device Apps

Close up of buttons on face of smartphone for internet, mail, people and voicemailMobile devices have become one of the primary tools we use in both our personal and professional lives. One of the things that makes mobile devices so powerful is that there are thousands of apps we can select from and use.

However, with the tremendous power and flexibility of apps come a number of risks you must be aware of. In this newsletter we cover the dangers of mobile device apps and how you can install, use, and maintain them securely.

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Keeping It Legal (& Safe)

Copyright NoteIn 1998 the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was signed into law to address some of the complexities that digital transmission of works added to existing Copyright Law. Ten years later, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) also became law, amending the Higher Education Act of 1965 and supplementing the DMCA.

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Laptop Registration

The Department of Public Safety participates in the program Operation Identification, a nationally recognized property identification program open to all members of the Brown University community.

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Whadda You Know?

Sample questions from quiz about "smishing"After reading the newsletter, take this short quiz (only 5 questions) to see what you learned. All answers can be found in the articles. Those scoring 100% will be entered in a raffle for a Bookstore gift certificate. Deadline for submissions is June 8th at noon, with the drawing later that day.  One entry per person please.

Though the quiz is now closed for entries, feel free to give it a try and see how you do:  SecureIT quiz

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