Editor's Note: With President Obama poised to issue an executive order as early as this month aimed at protecting the nation from cyber-attacks, the safeguarding of data has become an important topic. Here is the first of an on-going series of reports in Ranger Today on cyber security and what you can do to keep yourself and the university from being victimized. This article was co-authored by Campus Technology Services (CTS) IS Network Services consultant administrator Tony Brzoskowski and Associate Professor of Computer Science Susan Lincke.
Did you know that the university's Campus Technology Services has to deal with cyber attackers daily? "Cyber security" is the term for the policies and technology put in place to protect not only the university's digital assets but also each individual's data. There are several good cyber security resources that are now accessible online and that will be enhanced over the next year.
UW-Parkside CTS works to ensure transparency regarding our cyber-security efforts to the maximum extent possible. However, as attacks and information gathering methods advance, so must the university's efforts to protect information. The best security requires a mutual effort between the IT professionals on campus and you, as users.
You will begin to see more information released, which is critical to ensure your personal cyber safety, protect the universities reputation and assets, and help us fully comply with FERPA and other federal and state laws. The only way we can continue to protect ourselves successfully is with support from the campus community.Every month, we will publish security tips to help you help CTS secure the information privacy of students, faculty, staff, and the university. We will also be releasing information on upcoming projects and other useful information.