CISO Memo: Security, Data, Privacy, & Compliance
It's funny how our past experiences can help us in our current and future endeavors. Before coming to Brown, I worked in a highly regulated financial services company. Moving into higher education was akin to moving to the wild, wild, west, but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The openness, academic freedom, and spirit of cooperation are palpable on any campus, but especially here at Brown. «more...»
Passwords are like keys, used to unlock doors that open to hidden treasures. Consider the passwords you have and why. What do they unlock? «more...»
IT Profile: NTG's Elvis Seth & Ozzie Sewell
In this issue, we spotlight two members of CIS's Network Technology Group whose work supports ISG's efforts to keep the network secure. «more...»
New Email, New Password
With Brown's migration to Google Apps for Education (GAE), password awareness and management will change. Unlike Brown-hosted email, which required the same username and password for a variety of Brown systems (e.g., Banner, MyCourses, and MyAccount), GAE will have its own separate login ID and password. «more...»
In the News:
Facebook & Privacy
On May 5th, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and 14 other privacy and consumer protection organizations filed a complaint against Facebook with the FTC, charging that "These changes violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook’s own representations." «more...»
You might not think that a warehouse full of discarded copiers would pose a threat. But a recent investigation by CBS News proved otherwise when they reported on four digital copy machines with hard drives full of personally identifiable information, purchased second hand at a New Jersey warehouse holding around 6,000 copiers. «more...»
The American Bankers Association recommends using a dedicated computer for online banking. Malicious software often gets into systems through activities such as web surfing or reading email - exactly what most of us do most of the time. Using a computer exclusively for online banking goes a long way toward increasing its security and reliability, and having a dedicated computer is more affordable than ever. «more...»
Coming this summer, the ISG website gets a fresh look, a new title, and an enhanced purpose.
Over 1,750 individuals have taken the "Protecting Brown Information" class to learn what constitutes "Brown Confidential Information"; where, when and how it's at risk; and what need to be done to mitigate that risk. Are you one of them?
Classes are held the third Wednesday of each month (sign up at the Training.brown.edu site) and also also available online for those unable to attend in person. Check there also for periodic Safe Computing Brown Bags. For access to the online class, or to make suggestions for brown bag topics, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.