Graduate Medical Education

Information Security Awareness Training:
Reminders for Computer Users

Protect confidential information, including all patient information.

There's no excuse for being lax, when it comes to "good computing practices."
Your Account is Only As Secure As Its Password
  • Don't let others watch you log in.
  • At home change your password often.
  • Don't write your password on a post-it note.
  • Don't attach it to your video monitor or under the keyboard.
Password Construction
  • It can't be obvious or exist in a dictionary.
  • Every word in a dictionary can be tried within minutes.
  • Don't use a password that has any obvious significance to you.
UCSDHC / UCSDHS Password Standard
  • Eight character minimum and should contain at least one of each of the following characters:
  • Uppercase letters (A-Z)
  • Lowercase letters (a-z)
  • Numbers (0-9)
  • Punctuation marks (!@#$%^&*()_+=-)
  • Some systems have limitations
  • Password Construction
  • Pick a sentence that reminds you of the password. For example:
  • If my car makes it through 2 semesters, I'll be lucky: imcmit2s,lbl
  • Only Bill Gates could afford this $70.00 textbook: oBGcat#7t
  • Just what I need, another dumb thing to remember!: Jw1n,adttr!
Password Construction: Vanity Plate
  • I feel great: if33lgr8!
  • Dance of the red shoes: RED,$hoes$
  • Dolphins Fan: d0lf1n'sfan
Password Construction: Compound Words
  • Used every day and are easy to remember.
  • Spice them up with numbers /special characters.
  • Mis-spell one or both of the words and you'll get a great password.
  • Friendship: Fr13nd+sh1p
  • Lifelong: L!f3l0ng
  • Teddybear: T3ddy^Bare
Take Precautions with Physical Security of Devices Back-up Important/Original Data Files & Programs
  • When possible, save all work to the network drive
  • If you store original data on local drives/laptops, you are responsible for creating back-up disks
  • Store back-up disks off-site and in a secure location protected from theft and environmental risks
  • Password protect or encrypt the back-up disk
Report Security Incidents/Breach
  • Such as: Lost or stolen computer; network hacked
  • Healthcare:'619-543-2145;
  • UCSD Hot Line: 1-877-319-0265
  • Campus Security:
Should You Open the E-mail Attachment?
  • If it's suspicious, don't open or reply to it! Delete it!
  • What is suspicious?
  • Not work-related
  • Attachments not expected
  • Attachments with a suspicious file extension(*.exe, *.vbs, *.bin, *.com, *.scr,*.pif)
  • Web link
  • Unusual topic lines; "Your car?" "Oh! Nice Pic!" "Family Update!" "Very Funny!"
When sending confidential information by E-mail
  • Confirm the recipient's address
  • Use the confidential message footer
  • Encrypt it , if possible
Anything done under your log-in is your responsibility!
  • Log off when you leave a workstation
  • Do not share log-ins, User IDs or your password
  • IS support staff can help when there is a problem logging in. Call 3-HELP!'Don't log in for others' use
  • Use auto log-off (@ 15-minutes) and password protected screen-savers when possible
  • Access only the "minimum necessary" information needed to do your job.
Protect against viruses and worms
  • Use a virus scanner and keep it updated
  • Use a firewall when connecting to the internet
  • Don't install unlicensed software
  • Don't install something you are not sure of
  • Be careful about what internet sites you visit
Encrypt files on portable devices
  • Laptops, PDAs, memory sticks.
  • Laptop theft is our #1 risk!
  • Use the encryption capabilities built into your operating system or buy an encryption program.
  • Back-up original data files / programs.
  • Better yet, avoid keeping ePHI and other confidential information on your portable device, memory cards or PDAs if at all possible.
Wipe drives before getting rid of computer equipment
  • Simple erasure is not enough. Degauss the device.
  • Contact IS before recycling unneeded computers, or use "DiskWipe" software.

Questions? Call the UCSDHC Information Security Help Desk (619-543-7474) or (3-HELP).


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