Policies and Guidelines

Departmental IT Best Practices - Desktop and Server Security

Last Updated: April 15, 2011
Reviewed: January 11, 2010
Who does it apply to?
Departmental Management

Why is it important?
To minimize security vulnerabilities and ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information resources.

Practices

Securing Equipment

What is it?
Ensuring physical assets are secure.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE:
Ensure the physical security of university hardware, software and data.

Existing Guideline(s):

Monitoring Systems

What is it?
Monitoring computer system logs for unusual activity.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE:
Monitor systems daily to detect unusual system activity. Report unusual activity to appropriate personnel.

Existing Guideline(s):

Updating Software

What is it?
Maintaining current application and operating system software to minimize security vulnerabilities.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE:
Install the latest software versions, patches, and updates in a timely manner.

Existing Guideline(s):

Protecting Against Viruses