On Computer Security

Author: Timothy O'Connor

Recent events on our campus have proven the vulnerability of computers and servers connected to the university’s network. With that, it is important that we all take steps immediately (and periodically thereafter) to safeguard our computers and the data stored on them.

Please run the current “Take Charge” software for your computer’s operating system asap available at OIT. This utility is updated periodically, so it is wise to run the most current version as it is made available.

In addition, consider attending (individually, or as an office/group) OIT’s Security Training sessions. Groups can schedule such sessions with Shiree Moreland at 1-7227, or individuals can register for training via iLearn.

With that done, it is also important to evaluate the data currently stored on your computer (and also hard copy data stored in your office area). Do you retain e-mails, correspondence, files, etc. that contain social security numbers and/or credit card numbers (i.e, sensitive data)? If so, and you must retain it for business purposes, what is the best way to secure it? If not, what is the best way to dispose of such information? Please contact the Business Office and/or Shirley Hums (for computer specific questions), and we can answer these, plus other related questions.

01/01/06 Effective January 1, 2006, the new business standard mileage rate for employees who use their own vehicles for business purposes will be 44.5 cents-per-mile, decreased from 48.5 cents that resulted from a temporary increase last fall from 9/1/2005-12/31/2005. Mileage incurred on and subsequent to January 1, 2006 will be reimbursed at the new rate.