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Security Digest Vol. VII (Spring 2018)

Letter from Director of Information Security and Special Initiatives to Campus

As Duquesne University welcomes spring to our beautiful campus, I'm reminded of the ways in which this time of year tends to uplift our spirits from the dreariness of the winter. I personally am looking forward to no longer having to warm up my car or hold my breath while I walk across Academic Walk, and I can't wait to get back to the ballfields with my children.

With the rotation of the seasons also comes an urge to do some "spring cleaning." Since our lives have become so intertwined with our computers, mobile devices, and online accounts, we should also take some time this month to do some "digital spring cleaning" as well.

Here are a few tips to help you declutter your digital life:

  • Update and patch your devices. 
  • Secure your login credentials and use multifactor authentication wherever possible. 
  • Delete unused apps and update the apps that you still use. Wipe any old or unused devices, such as old laptops or phones, to ensure old data is removed. 
  • Empty your deleted items and trash. Clean out temporary internet files. 
  • Review the privacy settings for all of your accounts. For more info, visit: https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/managing-your-privacy/

In other news, we are happy to announce that there have also been some changes here in Computing and Technology Services (CTS), including the addition of two new members to our Information Security Team. Michael Muto and Douglas Berdeaux have joined my team as Senior Information Security Engineers. These two individuals will be working with all of you, our vendors, partners, and IT staff to build a world-class cyber security program. We are blessed to have them here with us as we strive to fulfill our mission of "Serving God by Serving Students."

Happy Spring!

-Tom Dugas, Director of Information Security and Special Initiatives

A PDF version of this newsletter can be found here.