Celebrate by Making Data Privacy and Security Your New Year’s Resolution!
What personal information are you sharing?
Often, the terms data privacy and data security are considered interchangeable. While they are related, they are not the same at all.
Data privacy addresses user control over how personal information is collected, used and shared, while data security refers to the actual protection of data.
In celebration of National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) Data Privacy Day, we’ve collected a few privacy tips and resources to help you gain (or regain) control of your personal information.
- Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it. Be mindful of who gets your information and how it is obtained.
- Own your online presence. Set privacy and security settings to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s OK to limit how and with whom you share information.
- Lock down your login. A username and password is no longer enough to protect key accounts like email, banking, and social media.Turn on the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or two-factor authentication. ECU is implementing MFA for student email.
- Keep a clean machine. Update your security software, web browser and operating system to have the best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats. ECU offers a free download of Symantec EndPoint antivirus, Windows 10 upgrade and the latest MS Office version for your personal computer.
- Share with care. Information you post lasts a lifetime. Before posting something about yourself or others online, think about how it might be perceived now and in the future and who might see it. See these social media guidelines for ECU users.
- Secure your devices. Every device should be secured by a password or strong authentication ‒ finger swipe, facial recognition, etc. These security measures limit access to authorized users only and protect your information if devices are lost or stolen. See these resources for data encryption.
- Think before you app. Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts list, where you shop and your location, has tremendous value. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and understand how it’s collected through apps.
Privacy Insights for ECU Faculty and Staff
Privacy is good for business
In recognition of this year’s DPD theme, “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust,” the tips below can help you, as an ECU employee, protect the data in your care, whether student, staff, faculty, patient or donor.
- If you collect it, protect it. Follow ECU policies, regulations and standards to keep individuals’ personal information safe from inappropriate and unauthorized access.
- Be open. Think about how the consumer may expect his or her data to be used, and design settings to protect this information by default. See this one-page best practices handout.
- Build trust. Communicate clearly and concisely about the steps we take to achieve and maintain privacy. ECU Regulation on SSN and PII.
- Maintain our culture of privacy. See this list of storage solutions for sensitive information.
- Conduct due diligence and maintain oversight of partners and vendors. If someone provides services on your behalf, you are responsible for how your customers’ personal information is collected and used.
For more information regarding data security, see the Best Practices for Information Security website.