Data security at the Law School is a cooperative effort. LawIT can provide firewalls, update your computer software with patches, lock down your machine with access restrictions, and provide other tools for preventing inappropriate access to the sensitive data used in the course of carrying out your duties. But a major part of security is user behavior. Most security incidents occurring at the Law School are a result of web browsing to infected web sites and clicking on email links with infected content.
Some safety tips:
The Law School has several measures in place for protecting computers and the network:
The threat landscape is constantly changing. To address this, the University has departments that keep up with all the changes and provide information and tips to the U-M community. Some of the issues tracked include phishing, virus outbreaks, security updates for operating systems and applications, and hoaxes. The links below and to the right point to some of the security services offered by the University.
Anti-VirusThe university's information page and recommendation for anti-virus software.
IT User AdvocateThe IT User Advocate unit is dedicated to the responsible use of computing at U-M. The site includes information about e-mail issues, your rights and responsibilities as a U-M information technology user, and more.
Information Assurance (IA)This ITS office oversees the big picture view of IT security at U-M and guides the University's IT Security Program. It works to proactively mitigate IT security risks.
Information Technology Policies at U-MIncludes policies related to e-mail privacy, information about ethical and legal use of software, password security tips, and more.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII)As a member of the University community, you may have access to personally identifiable information (PII). It is essential that this PII is protected. Never save PII to your workstation without consulting with LawIT about encrypting the data.
What is PII?
PII is Personally Identifiable Information. It is information which can be used to uniquely identify, contact or locate a single person, or may enable disclosure of personal information.
PII and Three Ways to Protect ItSee more examples of
Why protect PII?
Who should I tell if I recognize that PII has been compromised?
Inform Kurt Kaiser, the Law School’s security administrator at
In order for LawIT to successfully perform security updates and patches to Law School computers to protect our machines from ever-increasing vulnerabilities and malware attacks, it is required that you turn off your computer at the end of your work day. Shutting down your computer at night and on weekends will ensure that your work is saved properly before the patches are applied. Not doing so could jeopardize the integrity of unsaved work. Your assistance will not only protect your computer from security threats but will also have a big impact on the Law School‘s efforts to save energy.
If there are reasons why you cannot participate in this process, please contact LawIT via the
work request system.
As part of the university’s green computing effort, the Law School has implemented power management strategies to reduce electricity consumption by default on local work computers. Power management is a feature that turns off computers or switches them to a low power state when not in use. Applying power management settings to faculty and staff workstations at the Law School will save substantial energy over time.
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