Universities remain a target of cyber criminals. 35% of all data breaches take place in higher education, according to betanews.com (2014). Below are the most common ways data is lost, and considerations to prevent this from occurring.
Use the Virtual Private Network when connecting from off-campus.
30% Unintended Disclosure:
Social media: how many personal and location details do you post?
Email You Send: should not include sensitive info
Email You Receive: If your WPI Email shows EXT in the subject, the sender is outside WPI
17% Portable Devices:
Don't leave devices unattended!
Lock with a passcode.
7% Desktop Computer:
Logout of public computers.
Lock your computer when you step away.
Update operating systems and virus/malware protection software.
5% Physical Loss:
Degauss DVDs - the Library Print Center has a degausser.
Secure flash drives.
Don't share passwords or reveal confidential info you have access to.
Don't login and let someone else use your account.
Contact IT if you need a way to share data safely.