Information, Technology & Consulting

It’s All About YOU!

By Steve Nyman
Dartmouth's Chief Information Security Officer

Blah blah blah…another email or notice advising you to lock up your confidential information, and strengthen your passwords. It’s a constant barrage of advisories about protecting the institution’s data. Important?  Of course it is, and you know it. But, when you pile this on top of all the other information awareness campaigns around better health, workplace safety, appropriate business conduct, etc, it’s enough to make your head spin.

So, here’s another way to look at IT security: HOW DOES IT AFFECT ME?

Everyone has some form of personal information on their computer and smartphone. Whether it’s Dartmouth-owned or personally purchased, we all store some portion of our personal lives on these machines for our convenience. The names and addresses of friends and family, bank account info, usernames and passwords for all sorts of Dartmouth and personal online accounts, personal pictures and videos, you name it, it’s on our phones, laptops and desktops.

Here’s the bottom line: if any of these devices are lost or stolen, YOU will be the primary victim. That’s right, not Dartmouth, but you. If it’s a Dartmouth computer, containing Dartmouth data, wouldn’t the bigger impact be on Dartmouth? Well, that’s a judgment call and it depends on the nature of the Dartmouth data and the likelihood that data will be of any use to anyone. Sure, it could be highly confidential College financial data, student records, or even health-related data. That’s serious, and if covered by government regulation or law, could pose significant ramifications to the College. However, in almost all cases, the same lost or stolen computer will most likely contain YOUR personal information, which could be used to steal your identity, your money, endanger members of your family, or be just plain embarrassing to you if it ended up on Facebook. That’s almost a guarantee! If you are one of the very few who never store personal information on a work related computer or phone, this wouldn’t apply to you. But...for most of us...take the appropriate security measures simply to protect YOURSELF! Dartmouth will benefit as well, and after all, that’s a very good thing.

Protect your computers and cell phones as you would your credit cards, ATM cards, your car, and your home. Your life is wrapped up in all of these things.

Information Technology Services can help you do this easily. We have the resources and tools to make it simple, including encryption for just about any device.

Protect Dartmouth by protecting yourself. Everyone Wins!

Let us help you protect your computer and smartphone. Contact [email protected].

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