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Security :: For Staff and Faculty

Humboldt State University's Information Security Office works with the campus community to secure system and network resources and to protect the confidentiality of student, faculty, and staff information. If you have ideas on improving HSU's information security, contact us at

To report information security violations or concerns, please send email to the appropriate address below:

Information Security: Top 10 Security Measures

Whether you're staff, faculty, or student, by familiarizing yourself with - and acting on - the information on this page, you'll go a long way towards ensuring you don't become a victim of identity theft or suffer a catastrophic loss of data during your time at HSU.

1. Use a strong password

A strong password is the best way to protect yourself against identity theft and unauthorized access to your confidential information. Read our tips for creating a strong, memorable password.

P2P File-sharing and Copyright Violations

This information regarding P2P File-sharing and copyright violations is intended to increase your awareness so that you may avoid potential sanctions.

Learn more about "Illegal Electronic File and Protection of Electronic Copyrighted Material", Executive Order 999 from CSU's Office of the Chancellor. 

SSL Server Certificate FAQs

Q.  Where can I find troubleshooting information for certificate services?  


Appropriate Use Policy

This document borrows extensively from and replicates significant portions of the University of Delaware's "Policy for Responsible Computing." The University of Delaware was awarded CAUSE's "Best Practices in Service" award for 1995 for this work. Local modifications and editing were performed by a committee of HSU users in 1996, including faculty, staff, and students, appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Security :: Phishing Examples

Here are a few examples of phishing emails we have received at Humboldt State University. What would you have done if you'd received any of these emails? Are there tell-tale signs you would have picked up?

Security :: Spam and Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are attempts by hackers and cyberciminals to steal personal information or hijack computing resources for nefarious purposes. The most common (and most successful) phishing scams are emails that appear to come from a legitimate source (for instance, HSU Technology Help Desk, your bank, eBay, PayPal), and which contain a link that directs you to  equally legitimate-looking web pages.

Security :: Compromised Host Procedure - For IT Support Staff Use Only



HSU has established best practice procedures that must be followed whenever a computer connected to a University network is suspected of having been compromised by a virus or other threat. This procedure is a requirement under our data protection compliance mandate, so it is particularly important to determine whether Level 1 protected data is stored on the affected system.

Security :: Information Security Online Training

In collaboration with all CSU campuses, the Chancellor’s Office has developed a web-based information security awareness training course designed to provide staff and faculty with the information they need to secure information resources. This course will help Humboldt State University employees safeguard personal information as well as information stored under the aegis of the University.

The awareness training covers the following topics, and has been reviewed by the CFA and CSUEU.