IT Security best practices - BFIT

To ensure a secure computer environment, BFIT suggests the following best practices. These best practices are also found on the ASU Information Security, Get Protected website.

Here are 10 ways to maintain the security of your data, workstation and the entire ASU network:

  1. Do not share your passwords with anyone or write down your passwords anywhere.
  2. Change your passwords often (even more often than required).
  3. Choose a strong password; one that contains numbers, letters (uppercase and lowercase), special characters and is at least eight characters long.
  4. Lock Windows every time you leave your workstation unattended. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL simultaneously.
  5. Avoid questionable websites.
  6. Do not download anything from non-work-related websites.
  7. Do not open emails (especially attachments) from unknown or unexpected senders.
  8. Avoid leaving portable devices such as laptops or handhelds unattended unless they are physically secured.
  9. Do not transport sensitive data on devices such as laptops or memory sticks that can be lost or stolen.
  10. BFIT best practices do not allow the use of remote desktop to access your work computer from home. Due to the sensitive nature of the information BFIT handles, this could be considered a breach of security.