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One Simple Step Can Avoid a Big Problem

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Recently UCLA made national headlines for the wrong reason: a laptop containing medical records of more than 1,200 patients was stolen from a faculty member. When a breach of restricted data (like student or patient records) occurs, a university must notify everyone potentially impacted and conduct an extensive assessment of the information security safeguards in place.

There is one very simple step you can take to protect yourself and any data on your laptop or other mobile device: encryption. Encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized people can read it. It’s not only a simple thing to do, but if you use a device to access UF restricted data, it is required.

The University of Florida Mobile Computing and Storage Devices policy applies to all mobile computing and storage devices used to access or store restricted UF data–regardless of the device’s ownership. Read the policy’s standard for “plain English” on how to comply.

More information about encryption and data protection are available on the Information Security Office (ISO) website. ISO staff will be at the 2015 Student Tech Fair on October 2. Bring your info security questions and talk with the experts! #UFDoesIT