Securing Your Computer

Securing Your Computer

This section provides information about all the software and instruction necessary to comply with the Desktop and Portable Computer Standard. The software on this page is intended for use by students, faculty, and staff at RIT. Inexperienced/non-technical users may want to check out our Digital Self Defense 101 Workshop, which explains the dangers of the Internet and RIT security requirements in greater detail.

Note: You do not have to use the specific software listed on this page. However, you should meet the requirements... ...

Requirements for Faculty/Staff

Requirements for Faculty and Staff

Security Standards

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Standard When does it apply?
Desktop and Portable Computer Standard Always
Password Standard Always
Information Access & Protection Standard Always

Forms, Checklists, and Templates

Forms, Checklists, and Templates

Many forms and checklists below are provided as Adobe PDF Fill-in forms and can be filled in and printed from Acrobat Reader. 

NOTE: These forms may contain Javascript. If you need a different format, please contact the RIT Information Security Office at or call 585-475-4123.

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Form Name


Exception Request Form

To request an exception from an RIT Security Standard (PDF Fill-In form)

Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

Optional NDA used at

Desktop and Portable Computer Security Standard

To protect the RIT community and the Institute network from computer-borne threats, RIT has created minimum security requirements for desktop and laptop computers.

Desktop and Portable Computer Standard

  • Current Desktop/Portable Computer Standard (reflects 2015 operational changes, supersedes previous version, effective 1/23/15)

What does it apply to?

  • All RIT-owned or leased computers.
  • Any computer (physical or virtual) connecting to the RIT network through a physical, wireless, dial-up, or VPN connection.

The standard is not required for:

The following devices should employ these controls... ...

Host Intrusion Prevention (RIT-owned/leased computers only)

Note: This requirement applies only to RIT-owned and leased computers. There is currently no requirement for personally-owned machines to run host intrusion prevention.

Currently, personal networking devices used on the RIT residential network (such as routers, switches, etc.) do not need to meet the Network Security Standard. Resnet has created separate guidelines for Using a Router/Wireless Router on the RIT Network.

The following products have all been tested by the Information Security Office and approved for use on RIT-owned/leased computers.

Recommended Host-based Intrusion Prevention Software


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