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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:
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.
Every email user should be constantly on guard against the threat of malware and take personal responsibility for ensuring that individual actions do not compromise the valuable resources of others. Maintain a healthy suspicion with regard to email and confirm the reliability of all attachments before opening them, even if the message is - or appears to be - from someone you know.
HSU has implemented an overarching access management system for on-campus computer systems. Every student, staff, and faculty member is provided with a unique HSU User Name when they officially enter the university population, and accounts and permissions are automatically created based on their role at the university.
The best way to protect personally identifiable or other confidential information stored on a computer is to encrypt it. However, encryption can reduce performance on the computer and increase the complexity of using the applications on it. Therefore, if the computer is properly protected with strong, complex passwords and at current software and virus patch levels, deciding to encrypt data is a decision based on trade-offs between risk and performance.
Information protection starts with account protection. If your account is secure and can't easily be accessed by a stranger, the information you store in that account will also be safe. While you are associated with Humboldt State University, you are responsible for keeping your HSU account information and all activity relating to that account secure.
California law requires individual notification where the security of personally-identifiable or other confidential information has been compromised.
If you suspect that a computer or system for which you are responsible has been compromised:
The Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) system, of which Humboldt State University (HSU) is a part, is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of the personally-identifiable information held by the system. The Board is also responsible for the security of the equipment on which this information is stored and processed, and for the related privacy rights of the CSU students, faculty, and staff with regard to this data.
It is the collective responsibility of the CSU, its executives, managers, faculty, and staff to ensure: