January 28 is international Data Privacy Day, which is observed to create awareness and educate on the importance of protecting online data and privacy. IT security threats are commonplace; data loss, identity and data theft, and data infection are widespread risks. Think about the information you share daily; every time you make an online purchase, log onto social media accounts, register for a class, etc. Behind the scenes, your information is being collected, shared, and stored. All this personal information can be stolen, banished, and distributed to malicious entities. As a member of the University, you handle sensitive information trustingly provided by our students, colleagues and partners. This information is valuable to the University and the privacy of the information is valuable to our clients. Are you being vigilant in protecting personal and University data?
On Data Privacy Day, take steps to respect privacy and safeguard data. Things you can do include:
- Secure the University’s databases, student and employee files. Protect stored data with long and strong passwords, and check the privacy settings of your devices.
- Pay attention to what you are sharing. When you share information online, it can last online forever. Be aware about what you share about yourself and others.
- Know the type of data you are dealing with, whether it is public, internal, and confidential or restricted. Follow the, “If you collect it, protect it” rule.
- Connect with care. If an email looks suspicious, delete it; links and attachments in emails and online can compromise your machine.
- Stay up-to-date on the University’s IT security policies, training and best practices
By following these steps, you protect your personal data and help keep the University safe.