New IT Security Initiatives | University of Arkansas

Art Miller

Threats to our institutional and user data are constantly evolving as technology evolves and data is accessed in more places and on more devices. In order to ensure the security of student, faculty and staff data, several IT security related changes will be implemented over the next year.

Some past efforts, such as the introduction of multi-factor authentication, have been visible to the campus community, while others have been implemented behind the scenes through the diligent work of IT partners across campus. In the coming weeks, IT Services, along with your local IT Support team, will be implementing additional changes you may notice, including:

  • Secure workstations against malware and malicious actors by introducing appropriate privileges rather than default administrator rights.
  • Protect institutional data on university-owned mobile devices through improved device management, including the ability to secure data in the event the device is lost or stolen.
  • Encryption of university-owned laptops to protect data in case the device is lost or stolen.
  • Ensure security standards for patches, updates and data compliance.

Securing our campus community is an ongoing effort as cybercriminals continue to mature. In this era of persistent cyber threats, our university can only be secured with the active participation of everyone. Simple steps like storing data securely in OneDrive, avoiding and reporting suspicious messages, and keeping software up-to-date can go a long way in keeping our campus community safe online. For more information, see the security checklist.

IT departments are committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure that individuals do not become victims, which ensures that the institution does not become a victim. The IT Services leadership team thanks you for your support in these efforts and looks forward to the opportunity to engage further with you.

If your department or division would like to schedule a time to learn more or ask questions, contact Chris Butler.

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