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Humboldt State University has established a set of data protection and security standards that comprise specific configuration settings in order to meet the requirements of the CSU Data Classification Standards for computers and other storage devices containing Level 1 data.
IT personnel are expected to have a solid understanding of information security issues, both in general and how they apply specifically to the use of computers on the HSU campus. For ease of use, this page brings together a number of security-related resources - you're encouraged to review and become familiar with them.
Every desktop and laptop at HSU must be scanned for personally-identifiable information, so all IT staff members designated to assist in this process should make themselves available to assist users in their area to scan their system and understand the resulting report.
Spider is an open source network forensics tool developed at Cornell University to identify the presence of sensitive information on a computer or attached storage device.
Spider is an open source network forensics tool developed at Cornell University to identify the presence of Personally-Identifiable Information (PII) on a computer. It scans for data such as Social Security, credit card, or bank account and routing numbers, and produces a list of files that may contain confidential data. Spider can then be used to:
Spider is an open source network forensics tool developed at Cornell University to identify the presence of Personally-Identifiable Information (PII) on a computer. It scans for data such as Social Security, credit card, or bank account and routing numbers and produces a list of files that may contain PII.
Identity Finder Professional is HSU's preferred solution for protected information scans. It is a commercial product that requires an annual subscription fee; there is no campus contract for Identity Finder licenses, so units wishing to use the software will need to purchase their own licenses. More information is available on the Identity Finder website.
The Disk Utility program in Mac OS X enables you to create disk images (.dmg), similar to those you encounter when you install software on your Mac. When you double-click on this type of file, your computer mounts it as though it were a DVD or hard drive. In fact, you can think of mounted disk images as virtual drives. You can also add password protection to disk images when you create them.
7-Zip is an open source file archiver designed for Microsoft Windows. 7-Zip uses the 7z archive format, and can read and write to other popular archive formats. The program can be used from a command line interface, graphical user interface, or Windows shell integration.
7-Zip may be used to create encrypted files or folder copies for moving information to a different device - for example copying and moving to an external flash drive, hard drive, or phone. It does not, however, replace the use of BitLocker for storing data on a fixed drive.
TrueCrypt is an open source on-the-fly encryption program for Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Linux; it should NOT be used with Windows 7 or Vista (use BitLocker with these OSs). TrueCrypt creates what’s called a “file-hosted container” which makes an encrypted volume inside a regular file that can be mounted as an virtual drive. The fact that the program can create its own containers and has a travel mode makes this a very useful tool when encrypting USB devices like flash drives.