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Information Security<br>Best Practices

Information Security Best Practices – Passwords

  • Never share your password with anyone
  • Don’t write your password down
  • Don’t reveal your password in an email message
  • Don’t use simple dictionary words◦including family name, sports name or pet name
  • Don’t use a sequence of letters and numbers
    • Examples include: 123456, abcdef, 111111
  • Utilize strong password attributes◦use phrases or misspelled words with embedded numbers and special characters
    • minimum 8 characters, at least one capitalized, one number, one special character (i.e., ^!$@(?>, etc.)
    • Examples include: Business – Biz!ne2z, Breakfast – Br3@kF@$t

Information Security Best Practices – Miscellaneous

  • Lock (Ctrl-Alt-Del) or log off your computer when leaving your work area
  • Don’t leave any files unattended that may contain confidential information
  • Report suspicious activity/persons immediately
  • Dispose of all confidential paper data properly◦Follow existing data retention policies
    • Place in provided shred bins for disposal, if available
    • Shred it yourself if you have access to a personal shredder
    • Cross-cut only – Straight-cut is easy to re-assemble
  • Frequently backup important files
  • Maintain current software and updates
  • Beware of unknown email, attachments and untrusted links
  • Use security software◦anti-virus, firewall, anti-spyware
  • Protect any and all sensitive information that you handle, including your own