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Security :: Hardware Personal Information Protection

The best way to protect personally identifiable or other confidential information stored on a computer is to encrypt it. However, encryption can reduce performance on the computer and increase the complexity of using the applications on it. Therefore, if the computer is properly protected with strong, complex passwords and at current software and virus patch levels, deciding to encrypt data is a decision based on trade-offs between risk and performance.

Security :: Create and Maintain Strong Passwords

Information protection starts with account protection. If your account is secure and can't easily be accessed by a stranger, the information you store in that account will also be safe. While you are associated with Humboldt State University, you are responsible for keeping your HSU account information and all activity relating to that account secure.

Security :: Incident Response

California law requires individual notification where the security of personally-identifiable or other confidential information has been compromised.

If you suspect that a computer or system for which you are responsible has been compromised:

Security :: Securing Confidential Information

The Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) system, of which Humboldt State University (HSU) is a part, is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of the personally-identifiable information held by the system. The Board is also responsible for the security of the equipment on which this information is stored and processed, and for the related privacy rights of the CSU students, faculty, and staff with regard to this data.

It is the collective responsibility of the CSU, its executives, managers, faculty, and staff to ensure:

Security :: Secure Authentication - Under the Hood

There are two discrete parts to the process that enables a user to access different network services - authentication and authorization.


Authentication is the process of determining that users are who they say they are. One of the more popular and secure systems of authentication is Kerberos.


Local Service

All students, faculty and staff are provided an email account on the local campus server for the entire time they are associated with HSU. The name of the email server is webmail. Additional email server account information can be found at Central Systems Account & Activation.

Activate Your Account - Instructions for activating your email account.

Email :: Barracuda Setup Instructions

Please note: As of February 22, 2011, incoming mail for the domain will now go directly to Google's Mail servers, and will bypass our Barracuda Spam filters. Spam filtering/flagging will therefore be handled by Google. You can still access the Barracuda Spam filters (for older mail that got quarantined).

For more detailed information download the Barracuda's End User Manual

Security :: Secure Authentication

Secure authentication is the process by which the HSU computer networks determine that you are who you claim to be and grant you access to those parts of the network you are authorized to access. The process is accomplished through the combination of your unique HSU User Name and Password and your role at the University.

Guides :: Account Activation Checklist

All new faculty, staff, and students must complete the Account Activation Checklist prior to accessing email and other computer accounts.

Policy :: Information Security Policies and Standards

The Humboldt State University Information Security Policy comprises policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures pertaining to information security. The information contained in these documents is largely developed and implemented at the CSU level, although some apply only to HSU or a specific department.