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Secure Your Working Environment

Northwestern provides the University community with a robust network and access to an array of information assets critical to the business and operations of the University.

Due to the sensitivity and regulations associated with much of this data, it is essential that every member of the Northwestern community work to protect it and minimize the occurrence of security incidents.

It is your responsibility to read, understand, and comply with University policy, and to use Northwestern's security resources—tools and support organizations that assist faculty, staff, students, schools, and departments—to help ensure the safe and secure operation of the network and conduct of University business.

You can also help by following the security practices outlined below. Always check with your local technical support staff before implementing changes.

Printers and Multifunction Devices

Take steps to protect your printers and multifunction printing devices, such as copy machines, before they are attached to the network.

Visit the IT Knowledge Base for more information regarding secure printing connections.

Protected Data

Treat all sensitive data as a highly valuable asset and minimize the chance that it is released to unauthorized users:

Careful Disposal

When you no longer need sensitive data, it is better to dispose of it than continue to account for it. Ensure data cannot be recreated and follow careful disposal best practices:

Safe Connections

Sensitive data is more easily stolen when it is being shared between users, so take note of the connection you use. Unapproved wireless networks, e-mail, and public computers are particularly vulnerable to security breaches.

Be Prepared

In the event of a disaster or a security incident, do you know what to do? These events occur unexpectedly, so find out in advance how to respond:

Last Updated: 24 March 2017

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