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HSU's campus information security infrastructure is designed to be as unobtrusive as possible while still maintaining a high degree of protection against malware, hackers, and data breaches. The results is a series of interlinked technologies and processes that are continuously being evaluated and improved to ensure optimum use of technology without endangering the security of the data under our care.
HSU has implemented an overarching identity management system for access to on-campus computer systems. When a student, staff, or faculty member officially enters the university population, they are provided with a unique HSU User Name and accounts are automatically created on systems based on their university role. The HSU User Name is also the user's non-public HSU email address before the @ symbol. Users are able to set their passwords and manage other issues around identity management through the Account Center.
Access to protected data through PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM), PeopleSoft Finance (CFS), PeopleSoft Financial Reporting, and Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) is subject to additional security measures covered by University confidentiality agreements and granted through the Access Request process.
In order to connect non-HSU-owned equipment such as laptops to the HSU wireless network and ResNet, users are required to install a Policy Key on their systems to check that those systems meet HSU network connection security requirements. The Policy Key also ensures that those systems remain in compliance during the user's time at the University, requiring reauthentication only once a semester, so it's easy to use and manage.
All users are required to change their HSU password regularly as part of a larger effort to keep campus computing systems more secure and to comply with Federal, State, and CSU policies and standards. When users receive an email informing them that their HSU password is scheduled to expire, they must go to the Account Center and change their password before the expiration date.
HSU operates a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to enable staff and faculty to connect to their office computers via an easy and secure web interface. This solution is designed to accommodate those who are already connecting to their workstations remotely; for anyone not already using remote connectivity, the use of Network Folders is recommended.
Humboldt State University operates a "closed border" firewall to better protect campus computers and information. Typically, firewalls either allow all traffic to come in and only block traffic that is specifically identified, known as an “open border configuration” or they block all traffic unless it is specifically identified, known as a “closed border configuration”.