IT Security Guidance


First: Please do the following on any home network where you are conducting University business:

  • Change the default access settings and default password on your router and wireless network.
  • Update the firmware on any network device.
  • Disable WPS (Wi-fi Protected Setup) on your wireless network.

Consult your home router/access point user’s manual if you have questions or you can contact the Information Security Office (ISO) at


Second: Take the necessary precautions on the system that you are using to access University business information.

If you are using a University owned computer, please do the following:

  • Ensure that ManageEngine and Malwarebytes are installed on the device.
  • Install two-factor authentication installed on the device.
  • Consider encrypting the hard drive on the device.
  • Log on to the VPN prior to accessing University information.

Please contact the ISO at if you need help with any of these actions.


If you must use a personally owned device, please do the following:

  • Ensure that you have antivirus and antimalware installed on the device.
  • Do not store this information on the personally owned device.
  • Log on to the VPN prior to accessing University information.


Additional best practices to follow include:

  • Be aware of phishing attempts. Validate emails and requests before responding.
  • Investigate the University’s collaboration platform, Microsoft Teams.
  • Restrict web browsing that you do and ensure that your family does the same if you are accessing University information with a family owned device.
  • Limit using external hard drives or flash drives.
  • Ensure no one is watching enter credentials. Continue to lock your screen when stepping away from the device.


If you have questions or if you need to report a security issue, please call your local campus/institute Helpdesk for more information or you can contact the ISO directly at