Security Awareness

Security Awareness

Security Awareness

Most faculty and staff members use computers to manage, share and store a wide range of information. Because you have access to information that is often personal and confidential, it is important for you to know how to protect that information. Security is the responsibility of all members of the University community.

For that reason, all new students, faculty and staff are required to take security awareness training. This introductory training includes information about social engineering, mobile device security and more. 

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In addition to your training, please review the following security tips to help protect your computer, data and other electronic devices.

Top 10 Security Tips

  1. Install anti-virus software on your computer and keep the program up-to-date with the latest upgrades and definition files. Schedule full scans on a regular basis, such as once a week. 
  2. Install operating system and application patches as soon as they are available and, if possible, enable automatic installation of patches from the vendor site.
  3. Create strong passwords to protect access to your accounts. Use these tips to help create a strong password. 
  4. Lock your computer when you walk away, especially if it is out of view. For extra security, set the automatic lock to enable after a short period of time. Log off your computer and applications when planning to be away for a longer period of time, and shut it down when it is not in use for an extended period of time, such as overnight.  
  5. Do not automatically click on links or open attachments in email messages received from known and unknown senders. Hover your mouse over the link to check if the visible URL is an alias for the actual URL. The best practice is to copy and paste the URL into your web browser. Check with the sender before opening any unsolicited attachments. 
  6. Do not respond to any email requests for your username, password or personal information. Rowan University will never send you an email message requesting your username and password. 
  7. Do not store sensitive data that is unencrypted on your computer or mobile devices. Mobile devices and storage media are easily stolen and any sensitive data they hold can be used for criminal activities. Make sure sensitive data, such as social security numbers, passwords, credit card numbers or research data, is encrypted in transit. 
  8. Secure your browser before browsing the Internet. For detailed steps on securing the most popular web browsers, visit “Securing Your Web Browser” and “Evaluating Your Web Browser's Security Settings” for more information.
  9. Delete any applications on your computer that you do not use since these are rarely patched and any existing vulnerabilities are susceptible to being exploited. 
  10. Perform regular backups of your computer data. Computer hardware is susceptible to physical failure, plus data can be deleted by mistake or maliciously by malware or an intruder. Perform a full system backup followed by regular incremental backups. Best practice is to also perform a backup before making any changes to your computer.