Why is Information Security important?As our lives move increasingly into the digital realm, we must expand what we think of as security.
Security is no longer just installing a home alarm system or locking the car door. An incredible amount of data about us is stored digitally, on a variety of devices and on servers both locally and around the world. Someone who breaches your digital security can cause just as much damage as a burglar: they can get into your bank account, your email, and other personal data.
And because data is interconnected, especially in a networked environment like ours, hackers can enter our network through one person’s account and cause problems for everyone.
Information security is not just an “IT thing”. We all play a role in maintaining the information security of the BVSD community.
Information Security is more than just passwordsStrong passwords are very important, but they are just one piece of a larger information security strategy. Our new Information Security @ BVSD website outlines each of these areas in greater detail. Here are some highlights from the website, which I encourage you to visit.
- Backup the data you need
- Review permissions for documents, email, and websites
- Comply with FERPA and Board Policies about technology use and student data
- Protect against viruses and malware
- Control access to your devices using the Three Ls: Log out and Lock it up when you Leave
- Update your Windows laptop regularly
- Secure remote access to your device when you are on public wi-fi
- Avoid phishing scams and identity theft
- Use strong passwords
- Protect your account security
- Know your information security resources
- Know how to report a suspected security breach or a stolen BVSD device
Information Security @ BVSD: The Campaign BeginsInformation security has become a necessary part of our lives as digital citizens. Our Information Security @ BVSD campaign is designed to give you strategies for staying safe online, whether you are at work or at home.
Look for more campaign communications over the next few months, including a poster that you can post in your breakroom.
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