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Safe Computing

Safe Computing at CUMC

Proper security requires a higher level of technical knowledge than ever before. Simply connecting to a high speed network poses many threats that all computer users must be aware of. At the same time, a rapid increase in information security attacks targeting academic and health care organizations, and wider regulations to protect confidential and sensitive information (including PHI and PII) mean that it's more important than ever to make sure you understand and are taking the proper steps to protect your computer and its data.

These Safe Computing pages provide an overview on general best practices and supplement required Privacy and Security Training. All CUMC affiliates must also be sure they are complying with applicable IT Procedures and Guidelines. If you are not taking correct security precautions to keep work and research related data safe then you, your department and CUMC can be held fully liable.

  • Operating System and Software Updates - all vendors release patches and upgrades for their operating systems and software that can protect against security issues on your computer.
  • Password Use - requirements for account use and employing strong passwords.
  • Physical Security - don't forget to keep the equipment itself secured! Columbia offers many great resources for free or discounted pricing to assist with this.
  • Email Security - from spam to phishing to viruses, email is still the most perplexing program to use. Learn how to cut back on the email frustration factor.
  • Phone and Tablet Security - mobile devices are highly targeted for theft, learn how to protect and possibly recover yours if lost or stolen.
  • Viruses and Spyware - find out how to protect your computer from today's most malicious programs.
  • Backing Up Your Data - the most important thing about your computer is the work you do on it. Here you can find the easiest and most secure ways to back up your data.
  • Using a Firewall - we recommend that any computer connecting to a high speed network use a software firewall for extra protection.
  • Risky practices - using file sharing programs and "free" software can often lead to security issues, know what you're agreeing to before you decide to take these risks.

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Last updated 6/05/2018