Information Security

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Join the community and see how you can increase your awareness of cyber security practices to protect your information.

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Guiding Principals

Information Security works with the campus community to secure system and network resources, and protect the confidentiality of student, faculty, and staff information.

To support this, Information Security will:

  • Develop processes, procedures, and policies required for the protection of confidential information
  • Identify risks to the security of information and systems and mitigate these risks to levels acceptable to the campus
  • Define security requirements, establish baselines and measure compliance, based on applicable laws, regulations, and best practices
  • Consult with campus users and departments to investigate security issues and evaluate products and processes
  • Collaborate with T&C administrators and staff to develop the campus information security strategy and architecture
  • Ensure incident response and disaster recovery plans are developed and implemented
  • Respond to and recover from disruptive and destructive information security events
  • Increase campus awareness of information security through training and communication

 

 

Table of ContentsInformation Security Guide: Effective Practices and Solutions for Higher Education

 

Phishing News and Updates

Check out the latest reported phishing attempts on campus to help you determine if you're being phished!

 

Information Security News

View CI's Information Security Awareness blog where you can find helpful tips like our Security Awareness Tip of the Day! and secureCI, our monthly information security newsletter, to help keep your data and system secure.

 

Tips for Home Computer Health and Security

The following set of tips will help keep your home computer healthy and running smoothly, as well as reduce your exposure to viruses or other security breaches.

For Windows PCs (Windows XP, all versions)

  1. Run Windows Update frequently to make sure your computer is up-to-date
  2. Install antivirus software on your computer
  3. Configure your Firewall software
  4. Don’t open email messages from people you don’t know or trust
    • This is most often how viruses spread and how people gain access to your computer.
    • Also, do not open any files attached to an email unless you know what it is, even if it appears to come from a dear friend or someone you know. Many viruses can replicate themselves and spread through email.

For Mac PCs (OS X, all versions)

  1. Run Software Update to make sure your computer is up-to-date
    • Go to the Apple menu and select “System Preferences…
    • Under the System category, select “Software Update.”
    • Make sure the “Check for updates” box is checked, and specify the frequency in the drop-down menu. Check the “Download important updates” in the background box.
    • Select “Check Now” to run Software Update.
    • Software Update will show a list of updates available for your computer. Check which updates you would like to install and choose the “Install” button.
    • Further instructions available at: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106704
  2. Install antivirus software on your computer
  3. Configure a Firewall on your Mac
  4. Don’t open email messages from people you don’t know or trust
    • This is most often how viruses spread and how people gain access to your computer.
    • Also, do not open any files attached to an email unless you know what it is, even if it appears to come from a dear friend or someone you know. Many viruses can replicate themselves and spread through email.

Password Security

For information on password security, please see Password Tips.

Security Policy

Information security policy information can be found on the Policies and Procedures page and the President's Council page.

Anti-Virus Software Information

CSU Channel Islands recommends the use of Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Defender Windows machines.

Security Resources

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