Security Guidelines

You are a target. You have information that an attacker wants. Protect yourself, both in your personal life and professional, by employing simple security best practices. Check out tips and advice written by Cybersecurity in the guidance documents below.

Actionable Steps

By practicing a few easy steps, you can protect against a large number of opportunistic attacks. It's so much easier be proactive, than it is to be a victim and recover from an attack.

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    Securely store papers and portable devices when you walk away.


    Close/lock doors to areas not meant for public access. 

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    Use a screen saver lockout. 


    Install and maintain anti-virus/anti-malware.  


    Set up automatic updates on software and operating systems.

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    Backup data and store in a separate location.  


    Don’t reuse passwords across multiple platforms. 


    Encrypt sensitive data wherever it is stored. 

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    Hover over links and verify attachments. 


    Don’t share sensitive info via email (e.g., passwords).  


    Report phishing via the Outlook "Report Message" button. 

When using a VUIT issued and managed computer, all of the listed technical controls are already implemented. Users are still responsible for process related controls.

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Get in touch if you don’t know where to begin, you can’t find the guidance needed on the website, or if you just want to learn more. The Office of Cybersecurity has subject matter expertise and is here for Vanderbilt community to discuss security questions or concerns.

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