The protection of information resources at McNeese State University is a high priority. The Information Security website is designed to educate the university community about technology policies and information security best practices, and equip students, faculty and staff with the tools needed to protect the information resources of the University, it's members and connected networks. McNeese State University is committed to implementing policies and encouraging best practices that do not impose on the University's established culture of openness, trust, and integrity.
Please read the Policies, Guidelines, and Laws Relating to Information Security.
McNeese will NEVER ask for account information via email. Messages about quotas, upgrades or maintenance are likely Phishing attempts.
Password Day 2015
Are you as clever as you think?
Data breaches make the news almost daily
. If your passwords are easily crackable, your accounts may already be compromised. If you do not regularly change your passwords or use the same password for multiple accounts, you are at even greater risk. You (or others
) can check if your credentials have appeared on password dump sites with minimal effort. Upgrading your password now is easy and can save you a lot of trouble later.
Guidance on security of printers, scanners and copiers
Replication Device Security
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published the internal report, Risk Management for Replication Devices
. It provides guidance on protecting information processed, stored, or transmitted on replication devices (i.e. printers, scanners, copiers, multifunction devices).
The report addresses threats and vulnerabilities including:
- Default passwords and configurations
- Unencrypted data transmission or storage
- Access control - waste of resources, denial of service, unathorized storage
- Open ports/protocols
- Outdated and/or unpatched operating systems and firmware
- Compromise (e.g. use in bot
Happy Data Privacy Day!
DPD is an international effort centered on "Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.