10 Ways to Work More Securely

What's the biggest risk to your IT system security? Probably your users! For all of the efforts that you make, it only takes one user to do something really dumb inappropriate, and suddenly you're back to firefighting.

And how many times have you had to remind your users about some of the things in this list?

  1. Work with your IT department
  2. Use strong passwords
  3. Don't enable the Save Password Option
  4. Use network file shares instead of local file shares
  5. Lock your computer when you leave your desk
  6. Use password protection on your screensaver
  7. Encrypt files containing confidential or business critical files
  8. Don't open questionable e-mails
  9. Encrypt e-mail messages when appropriate
  10. Use the Junk E-mail Filter in Outlook

At the start of the new term, you might want to remind all of your users about these rules again. We recently covered this list, with further advice and actions, in our At Work newsletter, so if it adds power to your message, then send them this link, or find another way to put the page in front of them (how about redirecting their home page for a week until they get the message!). And this list is also (mostly) applicable for home users too, and with increased connectivity between home and school, the more you can encourage good practice on any computer, the better protected you are.

Comments (2)

  1. Nick Malik says:

    Surprising that you don’t ask users not to download programs off of the Internet.  Why is that?

  2. Ray Fleming says:

    Good point. But then "11 Ways to work Securely" doesn’t work quite as well…..

    So let’s make this interactive – what are the other things you recommend to your users. Add as comments, and then I’ll blog a longer article on it.


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