As University employees, we use the personal information of others in order to do our jobs. Many times we have access to an individual's personal data such as name, Social Security number, credit card number, bank account information, or other identifying information in order to do our jobs properly. It is necessary that each and every one of us safeguard this information by practicing good security in our everyday routines and by being aware of the sensitivity of the information we are working with.
Information security is more than simply having a user ID and password to protect our systems. Viruses, worms, spammers, phishers, and other malicious activities threaten us every day. Technology alone is not enough to ensure information security. Investments in firewalls, intrusion detection systems, anti-virus software, and other security technology are only the fundamentals of physical security. People are truly the driving force behind the success of information security.
Security awareness is needed to educate people on how to protect not only their own personal information but also the information they handle in their jobs daily. Because of the importance of the information we handle, we need to practice good security in our everyday routine and be conscious of the different types of information we have access to.
Each of us needs to be familiar with potential security issues in our particular area and recognize how to prevent them in the future. It is our shared responsibility to protect Shawnee State's information and technology resources.
Shawnee State University is working to ensure that all members of our University family, including students, faculty, and staff, are aware of the importance of information security and understand their role in creating and maintaining security. It is important that everyone recognize the need to protect data, information and systems not only with technical solutions but also with human efforts. As a part of this effort, information has been distributed to all employees to promote Security Awareness. SSU is participating in the Federal Trade Commission's educational program on Identity Theft entitled "Deter, Detect, Defend; Avoid ID Theft" and has launched it's own Security Awareness Education Campaign "Be Informed, Be Aware, Be Responsible About Information Security".
Here are several resources that can be used to increase your level of Security Awareness: