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  • the contents of your bank account

  • access to your credit and debit cards

  • your health insurance

  • your important documents



Time to Check Your Security Questions!

Now that the new HSU password system is in place, ITS is recommending all employees check their security questions to make sure you still know the answers. If you haven’t entered any security questions, now’s the time to do so. Here’s how:


HSU Introduces New Antivirus Software Campus-Wide

In the Fall of 2012, HSU began deploying the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to automate many of the essential technology changes that are part of all of our lives today. 

The latest addition to our SCCM toolkit is Microsoft's System Center Endpoint Protection, which is replacing the Sophos Antivirus protection we've been using for the past several years. The Microsoft product, formerly known as Forefront, integrates directly with SCCM, so you should experience better system performance without any loss of security. 


This week, ITS is rolling out new antivirus software across campus. The software is being deployed automatically to all HSU-owned machines. But don't panic if you're taking advantage of the free Sophos license for your personal computing devices - that license does not expire until April 2014. Read more about the changes to campus antivirus protection ...


Security :: Identity Management

Identity Management at HSU describes the process used to create a unified account for every individual associated with the University to provide access to the resources they need to fulfil their role at the University. It encompasses all of the systems and processes that provide access to computers, networks, and other digital resources. When students are admitted or new employees are hired, the identitiy management system creates an account and provides access to the systems and services appropriate to that individual's relationship with the University.   


Security :: Remote Tracking for your Mobile Device

The size and portability of smartphones and tablets is a big convenience factor - but it also means they can get lost or stolen much more easily. In addition to auto-locking your device to ensure your data can't be accessed, you can make use of your device's GPS capabilities to activate auto-tracking, which should make recovery a whole lot easier if you ever do lose it.


Security :: Annual Credit Report Monitoring

You can help to protect yourself against identity theft by reviewing your credit report at least once a year. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that each of the three national consumer credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — provide you with a copy of your credit report on request once every 12 months at no charge.


Threat Information

There are many information security threats that we need to be aware of and protect against in order to ensure our sensitive information remains secure. False alarms can cause more problems than the real event, so educate yourself on what is - and, just as importantly, what isn't - a threat to computer security by following the links below:


Protecting Yourself and Others

Information security is an isue of personal responsibility as well as technology - in fact, humans are the single weakest element in any security equation. Never forget that the most important way to protect yourself and others against cybercrime is simple - keep your passwords secret. Never share your passwords with anyone. No one at HSU will ever ask for your password, not even the Technology Help Desk.

Below are links to some additional resources we've assembled to help you protect the confidentiality of your information:


Information Security Organization

The HSU information security organization is responsible for the following:


Security :: Information Security Basics

Humboldt State University's Information Security Team collaborates with faculty, staff and students to keep campus computing systems running smoothly and important data protected and secure.

Information Security Organization

Information Security Plan. Secure data and infrastructure protecting confidentiality, availability and integrity.