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What’s On Your Phone?

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In the digital age, with convenience comes risk, and that risk is growing exponentially. One in three U.S. robberies involves smartphones. According to a recent survey by McAfee, a third of Smartphone users don’t set passwords on their devices.

At UF, confidential materials and data are speeding through university networks 24/7, safe and secure. But the devices that access these materials – be it a laptop, smartphone or tablet – are windows to the outside world. If not secured properly they could leave the university exposed.

Any portable computing device capable of storing university data is included in the Mobile Computing and Storage Devices policy. The policy says that devices used by students, faculty, and staff to access confidential UF materials must meet a specific level of encryption in order to ensure the security of restricted university data. If a device is proven to be involved in a data breach–even if the device was stolen–the device owner can be held personally and financially liable.

There is a Mobile Computing and Storage Devices standard which details the minimum configuration requirements for all devices. Because encrypting each device can be time consuming, it is recommended faculty and staff ensure their devices are updated before the August 17 deadline for full policy compliance.

For assistance with encryption or for more information visit the mobile device compliance security Web page.