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Security :: Security Resources for ITS Support Staff

IT personnel are expected to have a solid understanding of information security issues, both in general and how they apply specifically to the use of computers on the HSU campus. For ease of use, this page brings together a number of security-related resources - you're encouraged to review and become familiar with them.

Security :: Cornell Spider - Linux

Spider is an open source network forensics tool developed at Cornell University to identify the presence of sensitive information on a computer or attached storage device.

Security :: Cornell Spider - Macintosh OS X

Spider is an open source network forensics tool developed at Cornell University to identify the presence of Personally-Identifiable Information (PII) on a computer. It scans for data such as Social Security, credit card, or bank account and routing numbers, and produces a list of files that may contain confidential data. Spider can then be used to:

Security :: Cornell Spider - Windows

Spider is an open source network forensics tool developed at Cornell University to identify the presence of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on a computer. It scans for data such as Social Security, credit card, or bank account and routing numbers and produces a list of files that may contain PII.

Security :: Data Classification Standards

 

Classification Description Examples

Level 1:
Need-to-know

 

 

Security :: Virtual Private Network

As part of the closed border firewall project, Humboldt State University deployed a Virtual Private Network (VPN) server. This ensures secure communications through a simple web interface for those staff and faculty members who use Remote Desktop or Virtual Network Computing (VNC) to connect to their office computers from off campus.

Security :: Password Expiration

To comply with Federal and State law as well as CSU security policies and standards, Humboldt State University requires all staff, faculty, and students to change their passwords on a regular basis. If you receive an email informing you that your HSU Password is scheduled to expire, you MUST go to the Account Center and change your password BEFORE the expiration date. Once you have logged in, select Account Tools, then Change Password.

Security :: Campus Border Firewall

A firewall is a hardware or software network security device that sits at the juncture between two networks to control what information is allowed to pass between those networks. Usually, the two networks are an organization's internal network and the Internet. A firewall's primary role in information security is to protect computers on the internal network from intentional attacks that aim to:

Security :: Virus Protection

Computer viruses used to be very obvious - you'd know that your computer was infected because threatening messages would appear on your screen, or applications stopped working. Today's malware instead tries to be as secretive as possible - the goal is to get onto your machine and start stealing valuable information, not to show off programming tricks. Many of today's attacks come wrapped in a cloak of pseudo-legitimacy, appearing as a message or request for information from an official source, such as your bank, eBay, even the Humboldt State University Technology Help Desk.

Blocked Email Attachments

Email attachments using the following file extensions are blocked by GMail and Outlook. This list is subject to change as needed for security.