Safe Computing

Students, Faculty & Staff (Do's and Don'ts)

The University protects its information resources from thousands of daily intrusion attempts by potential hackers, but technical protections alone are not sufficient. You are the most important component in protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your personal information and University information by following safe computing practices. The Information Security Office (ISO) recommends the following safe computing practices, to protect the data and computers of Bryant University community members.

  • DO perform regular back-ups of your data. In the event of a compromise, your restore process will be greatly simplified;
  • DO use a strong password and remember to change it every 180 days or less;
  • DO update and run anti-virus software;
  • DO perform regular updates of your operating system, web browser and other applications. Especially on personal devices;
  • DO exercise caution when opening attachments via email and on social networking sites. Such attachments may be carrying malware;
  • DO follow the ISO procedure for reporting a security incident;
  • DO exercise caution when using file sharing P2P applications. Without secure settings, your confidentiality, as well as university data, could be compromised;
  • DON'T provide your user ID, password or other confidential information in an email or in response to an email. A request to do so is likely a phishing attempt.