Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Information Security @ BVSD Campaign

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 passwords

Strong 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.

Protect Your Data

  • Backup the data you need
  • Review permissions for documents, email, and websites
  • Comply with FERPA and Board Policies about technology use and student data

Secure Your Devices

  • 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

Guard Your Privacy

  • Avoid phishing scams and identity theft
  • Use strong passwords
  • Protect your account security

Get Help

  • Know your information security resources
  • Know how to report a suspected security breach or a stolen BVSD device

Information Security @ BVSD: The Campaign Begins

Information 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.

Chime in below with your thoughts about Information Security @ BVSD.

1 comment:

  1. I would suggest that BVSD activate Google's two-step security for our Gmail and associated applications. This allows users to create separate passwords for every device that accesses the Gmail apps (such as smart phones), and it also sends the user a security code by SMS text message to confirm the first use of that separate password. I used to use this system on my personal Gmail account before I switched over to the district's corporate Gmail services. I don't know if there is an extra fee for BVSD to activate this feature, or whether it just needs IT to turn it on.

    With this system, if you ever lose your cell phone, you can deactivate its access to your Gmail account, so your data cannot be stolen by whoever finds your phone.


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