As an employee of Indiana University, it is your responsibility to protect the data that you encounter every day. These concepts are basic steps are easy options for everyone to keep their content secure.
- Keep what you view on your computer screen private. Rotate your monitor or use a privacy screen to decrease the visibility of content to others.
- Take steps to keep hardware safe from theft. One of the most common ways data is exposed is through lost or stolen hardware. Steps to prevent hardware theft include:
- Lock your computer down when stepping away from your workstation.
- Store small devices out of view, preferably in locked drawers, when not in use.
- Mobile devices used for institutional information must comply with the Mobile Device Security Standard.
- Use the IU VPN to secure all your network traffic whenever you work off campus.
- Keep data backed up based on solutions your department recommends. Having backed-up data protects you against losing all your work and makes it possible to retroactively-determine what sensitive data may be at risk should your computer be lost or stolen.
- Do-it-yourself backup solutions pose risks and are discouraged. Use a backup service that guarantees data is backed up regularly and stored securely. Contact your department’s technical support staff for recommendations.