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SPNEGO Exceptions

SPNEGO*, the new "log in once, access many" process adopted at HSU to make it easier to access single sign-on applications and services, works by connecting your system credentials (used when you log into your computer) to your application access credentials (used when you log into an application or service. Because these identities are usually the same - your HSU User Name and Password - the process is largely automatic, so if you've been saving your myHumboldt login credentials in your browser cache for convenience, now is the time to stop doing this!

Security :: Data Management

The document linked below contains the current matrix of record types, data managers, and access grantors for protected information stored on campus systems. In line with the current draft Data Management policy (available on request), this document will be updated as and when assigned roles change. Additional content will be added as it becomes available.

Questions about the document and the draft policy should be addressed to

Security :: Protected Information Standards

Humboldt State University has established a set of data protection and security standards that comprise specific configuration settings in order to meet the requirements of the CSU Data Classification Standards for computers and other storage devices containing Level 1 data.

Google :: Caveats for Users

Gmail Privacy Issues (Updated 5/1/14)

Google has ended its practice of scanning its users' Apps for Education accounts for advertising purposes after being sued by students and other Gmail users last year, the company announced Wednesday. There's more information on Google's enterprise blog at:

Identity Management Update


ITS has recently issued an RFQ (Request for Quotation) in the ongoing search for a more structured approach to HSU's identity management system, which governs the IT resource access available to every individual associated with the University. Read more about the current status of the Identity Management project.

Security :: Third Party - Contract Language, Guidelines, Policies, & More

CSU policies provide direction and support for managing and guiding third party relationships and for granting access to various University resources. In support of those policies, HSU Information Security, Contracts and Procurement, and the Project Office have collaborated to deliver this list of useful resources; the HSU Guidelines and contract language are particularly important in the context of working with third parties.

Security :: Multifunction Copier/Printer Devices


Multi-Function Devices (MFDs) are much more powerful than their photocopier-like appearance implies. Their multi-functionality (fax, scan, copy, print) means that their internal hard drives store a great deal of data and, because the devices are connected to both the Internet and the network, that data is vulnerable without appropriate security measures in place. Read more about MFD security.

A Multi-Function Device (MFD) is a device that provides centralized printing, scanning, copying, and faxing functionality; HSU has a number of these devices in offices around campus. MFDs are both network- and Internet-connected, so in many ways they function in a similar fashion to a computer. For this reason, and because they are multipurpose devices, it's vital that they are appropriately configured and managed to protect the information that passes through them.