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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.

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E-mail at RIT

E-mail is a standard communication tool. Unfortunately, it is also an ideal channel for social engineering and phishing attempts; protect yourself and your information.

Managing Your RIT E-mail

Visit the ITS E-mail Services page for RIT e-mail account set-up and usage resources.

E-mail Signatures

RIT requires all communications relating to Institute academic or business purposes to be signed with an appropriate signature. This includes e-mails from both RIT and non-RIT accounts, as well as MyCourses and Message Center communications. For more information on the new requirements, visit our Signature Standard web page.


RIT Confidential Information in E-mail

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Media Disposal Recommendations

Media Disposal Recommendations

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Media Disposal Method

Paper

Use a shredder. Crosscut is preferred over a strip shredder. 

Disposal of paper records containing Private or Confidential  information should be accomplished by crosscut (or better) shredding, placement in a locked document destruction bin, or through vendor-supplied services under a contract approved by Purchasing.

CD, DVD, diskette, etc.

Use the media shredder (located at the ITS HelpDesk, 7B-1113).

Hard Drives

If the hard drive is to be reused, contact

Printer Best Practices

Printers often handle RIT Confidential information, but they can easily be overlooked when securing a network. Use the following best practices to secure any printers you support:

  • Update the firmware.
  • Assign a password for web access to the printer.
  • Change the SNMP community strings. (These are the equivalent of printer "passwords." "Public" and "private" are the defaults and are widely known.)
  • Disable any unused protocols. (Do you really need Novell IPX enabled, etc?)
  • If possible, change the default TCP port from 9100 to another port number. (Specific exploits target the default port and may cause the printers to print blank pages. However,
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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