Desktop

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

Server

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Program

Encryption at RIT

Encryption at RIT

Several RIT Security Standards refer to ISO-approved encryption. ISO-approved encryption is divided into two categories: Preferred and Acceptable. Preferred encryption methods were chosen based on standard industry usage and their ability to support RIT business processes. RIT's current product is McAfee FDE.

Preferred Encryption

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Purpose

Encryption Algorithms

RIT Security Standard

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Network Connections (including web browsers)

TLS 1.x 

Web, Network

SSL

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 Infosec@rit.edu or call 585-475-4123.

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Form Name

Use

Exception Request Form

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

Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

Optional NDA used at

Keeping Safe

Keeping Safe: Guidelines and Best Practices

Not sure how to keep yourself, your information, and your devices safe? Click on the headings below for best practices, resources, and more; also be sure to check out our blog for more specific content, answers to your information security questions, and best practices guides!

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Subject Area

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Securing your Computer

Free downloads and instructions to support the Desktop and Portable Computer Standard.

Mobile Devices

Learn how to