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Data Privacy Day 2016!

John Knights —  January 20, 2016

Data Privacy Day (DPD) is observed on January 28th. Data Privacy Day is focused on, “respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.” This international effort is held on January 28th and the goal is to “create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.”

Want to get involved with Data Privacy Day, check out how at StaySafeOnline.org at http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/get-involved/.

Also, join in on the the two Twitter chats hosted by @STOPTHINKCONNECT, taking place this month. The first today at 3pm, use #ChatSTC to join! More information available at https://stopthinkconnect.org/campaigns/twitter-chat-series.

There are various ways to stay connected with us:

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Data Privacy Day 2015 Recap

John Knights —  January 30, 2015

In case you missed any of the tips, discussions, or useful resources throughout the Data Privacy Day events this month, we have consolidated a few of the key links below:

Data Privacy Day may be over, but we are going to continue along with EDUCAUSE in celebrating Data Privacy Month! Follow us on Twitter (@InfoSec_WIT), on the web (WIT Information Security Site), and our blog (Information Security Blog).

 

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#ChatDPD Week 3 Recap

John Knights —  January 22, 2015

This week’s #ChatDPD Twitter Chat hosted by StaySafeOnline.org, covered the topic of “Things You Should Known about Your Privacy on the Go.” Most of us have a mobile device that is used to connect to the Internet. Whether it is a phone, tablet, or laptop, make sure you are checking your security settings to ensure your device is only connecting to networks you trust.

Not sure what all the fuss is about? Check out today’s short, yet informative blog from Stay Safe Online titled “The Year of WiFi Security: Protect Yourself in 2015 and Beyond” for a quick look at the risks and tips to mitigate them.

For more on the Twitter Chat itself, take a look at the transcript available at: http://staysafeonline.org/blog/chatdpd-twitter-chat-transcript-things-you-should-know-about-your-privacy-on-the-go.

If you interested in Data Privacy Day and would like to learn more, please go to our January 7th blog “Data Privacy Day (and Month) 2015!

In addition to this blog, you can follow us on Twitter, @InfoSec_WIT, and check us out online at http://www.wit.edu/dts/security.

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#ChatDPD Week 2 Recap

John Knights —  January 16, 2015

We celebrate Data Privacy Day this month on January 28th. One way people are getting involved is by joining the Twitter Chats taking place each Wednesday this month. The chats started out with the suggestion that we all add a new resolution for ourselves to do better with protecting our health information.

Last week’s chat subject involved privacy and business. More specifically, how privacy was good for business. Over the last 18 months, there has been what seems like an endless stream of data breaches reported from some of the largest retail companies. These breaches have had substantial financial impacts on these companies, but that’s not all.

The impact of these breaches goes a bit beyond just their short-term financial losses. Breaches have the potential to cause havoc to an organization’s reputation, affecting consumer confidence, which can lead to further loss of revenue. Good privacy practices are good for business, find out what some businesses were saying during last week’s Twitter Chat at: http://staysafeonline.org/blog/chatdpd-twitter-chat-transcript-privacy-is-good-for-your-business.

If you interested in Data Privacy Day and would like to learn more, please go to our January 7th blog “Data Privacy Day (and Month) 2015!

In addition to this blog, you can follow us on Twitter, @InfoSec_WIT, and check us out online at http://www.wit.edu/dts/security.

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#ChatDPD Week 1 Recap

John Knights —  January 9, 2015

As part of the Data Privacy Day campaign, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is hosting a series of “Twitter Chats” this month. Each chat – hosted on Twitter at 3pm EST each Wednesday this January – will bring together various members of the cybersecurity community to discuss a privacy topic.

This week’s topic was “Make New Resolution: Stay On Track While Protecting Your Health Information.” Questions involved the personal devices used to track you health (small wrist bands or clip-on devices that can be used in conjunction with your smart phone to track various health-related items like your heart beats, sleeping patterns, steps you take each day, etc.). The questions asked involved where that data lives and who has access to it, and what the industry should consider as best practices to ensure that these devices and the applications they use maintain the level of privacy that their users’ demand.

In summary, everyone agreed that these devices tracked valuable personal health data and all were concerned with how these data are kept private. Many suggested that an important task that the user should be responsible for is reading those user agreements to understand what information is gathered, where it may be stored or how it may be used, and who may have access to it. In addition, make sure you do your research on the companies and their devices before you purchase one or configure one if you already have one. Folks are fairly vocal about privacy concerns these days and there is surely going to be some news regarding companies’ bad practices or comprisable devices.

For a full transcript of the Twitter Chat, please follow this link: http://www.staysafeonline.org/blog/chatdpd-twitter-chat-chat-transcript-make-a-new-resolution-stay-on-track-while-protecting-your-health-information.

If you interested in Data Privacy Day and would like to learn more, please go to our January 7th blog “Data Privacy Day (and Month) 2015!

In addition to this blog, you can follow us on Twitter, @InfoSec_WIT, and check us out online at http://www.wit.edu/dts/security.

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Data Privacy Day (DPD) is observed on January 28th. Data Privacy Day is focused on, well data privacy of course. Officially recognized in the United States and Canada since 2008 as Data Privacy Day, today commemorates the first international treaty dealing with data privacy and protection. As we were last year, we are proud to join the National Cyber Security Alliance as a Data Privacy Day Champion and will be participating in the various discussions taking place over the new few weeks.

Want to get involved with Data Privacy Day, check out how at StaySafeOnline.org at http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/get-involved/.

Also, join in on the weekly Twitter chat series (@DataPrivacyDay), each Wednesday at 3pm by following #ChatDPD. More information available at http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/events/.

In addition to Data Privacy Day, EDUCAUSE will be observing Data Privacy Month from January 28th through February 28th. Join us and be a Data Privacy Champion!

There are various ways to stay connected with us:

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Data Privacy Month Wrap-up

John Knights —  February 28, 2014

Throughout Data Privacy Month we have covered a few important areas to help you better protect your privacy and information online. As the month comes to a close, remember to implement the tips you’ve learned and guard your information year round. Protecting yourself from phishing and other types of social engineering relies only on your vigilance. Always be on the lookout for suspicious communication requesting information, especially when there are spelling errors, mysterious links, or when something just doesn’t look or sound right to you. Ensure that trusted websites are the official versions and not just impersonations before you submit personal information. If you are suspicious of a website, link, or any form of communication, you can report it to Information Security.  To better prepare you for phishing attacks check out our Phishing page and report any potential spam or phishing emails to SPAM@wit.edu.

If you still haven’t, check your privacy settings on social networks and ensure your personal data that you do not want made available to the public is hidden. You can prevent your pictures from being stolen and used for advertising without your permission and stop future employers from scrutinizing your profile during the hiring process. Secure your account and help prevent hacking by choosing a more complex password. Don’t be convinced by scams that seem too good to be true and remember that the best thing to do is not click if you aren’t confident about the link.  For more on staying safe on social networks check out the last Information Security blog.

If you are using a public Wi-Fi hotspots, make sure that your sharing settings are off to ensure that you are not broadcasting your computer to others on the same network. Remember, if you need to check your bank account on a mobile device, use a 3G or 4G connection whenever possible as it is more secure. If you are on a laptop, connect using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service to create a secure connection, which will then secure your information. (For Wentworth employees that require VPN access to the campus network when working remotely, please email our Information Security Office to find out more.) Always be cautious when in a public space, even when connecting to “secured” or encrypted Wi-Fi hotspots as they may not employ the most up-to-date settings or security. At Wentworth, our LeopardSecure Wi-Fi network utilizes strong encryption, so you can be sure that your communications are secure.  To learn more about Public Wi-Fi read the Information Security blog about it.

If everyone does their part in protecting sensitive information and following safe practices when online, all benefit. Not only are you safeguarding your information when following these practices, you are also protecting your families, friends, and colleagues. For the latest news, advisories and alerts, follow Wentworth’s Information Security Office on Twitter at @InfoSec_WIT and on the web at www.wit.edu/dts/security.

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Today is dedicated to a topic that has been on the news and a lot of our minds for the past year, data privacy. Officially recognized in the United States and Canada since 2008 as Data Privacy Day, today commemorates the first international treaty dealing with data privacy and protection. The Wentworth Information Security Office is proud to join the National Cyber Security Alliance as a Data Privacy Day Champion by launching a month long awareness effort to better inform and educate our community on data privacy and protection.

As we move forward over the next month, we will provide you with few stories, useful links, and a few tools to both better inform you on the main concerns of today and how to protect your data, as well as how to ensure we are all doing our part to protect and safeguard institutional data. Please join us on our blog site for these weekly articles and follow us on Twitter for up to the minute updates, announcements, and interesting reads.

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