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Student Employees, their Laptops, and UVM Information

Where would UVM be without student employees?  University departments hire students  and other temporary employees for a wide variety of important jobs, and some of those jobs involve working with sensitive or confidential information.  As is true for regular faculty and staff, any work with Protected University Information (definitions of which are in the Information Security …

What is encryption, and why should I care?

Encryption protects the people whose information we collect and manage, while protecting UVM from significant liability. Encryption encodes information in a way that only someone knowing a secret key can read it. If you store sensitive or confidential information — what UVM calls “Protected University Information”[1] — anywhere but on password-protected UVM servers, it must …

Please don’t make me change my password. It’s the one I use everywhere.

Passwords serve to protect our privacy, our financial well-being, our reputations and even our identities.  Often, a password is all that stands between us and catastrophe. Choosing a password: A good password is easy to remember, hard to guess or crack, and for UVM accounts, changed at least once a year (every 120 days for …

I have some sensitive data. Where should I keep it?

UVM provides secure and reliable network storage for academic work, research, and business files. Saving confidential or sensitive information on desktop or laptop hard drives, or on tablets and phones, greatly increases the risks of loss and inappropriate disclosure. And information classified as critical or nonpublic (what the Information Security Policy calls “Protected University Information”) …

Using URL Shorteners

We’ve all seen URLs shortened by bit.ly and its cousins: Unwieldy juggernauts like http://www.megaconference.us/register.qxv?event=megacon%20xxviii&wonderment=true%20enough%20for%20mom&prepop=1&campaign=225817558&api_key=3e7a67b1f9c00d601dbe reduced to tidy morsels like http://blag.foo/5Vf2. Who doesn’t enjoy that? It’s cleaner! Efficient! More user-friendly! Information security pros, that’s who. Why? Because it’s opaque. How did you know that clicking http://go.uvm.edu/9utlr (if that’s how you got here) was going to bring …

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