Information Security

Taking the time and responsibility to keep your computer safe and to protect your personal information is a shared priority during your time here at Towson University. Explore the resources below for essential tools and tips to help better secure your computer, personally identifiable information (PII) and data.

BitLocker-To-Go (PDF)
BitLocker-To-Go allows you to encrypt removable storage devices, like USB thumb drives, so your data remains protected no matter where it goes. Once BitLocker-To-Go is enabled, the removable drive cannot be accessed from another computer without first entering the correct password that you set or by entering the drive's secret recovery key that is generated online.

BitLocker FAQ (PDF)
BitLocker Drive Encryption is a feature first introduced by Microsoft in Windows Vista, and helps to protect the confidential data on your computer from unauthorized access. BitLocker helps to ensure that sensitive information is not revealed should your computer be lost, stolen, or tampered with.

BitLocker: How to Recover from BitLocker Recovery Mode (PDF)
When BitLocker system integrity validation fails while protectors are enabled, the operating system (OS) drive will be locked and the computer will start up in Recovery Mode. This self-help document will step you through how to exit recovery mode.

Dell Data Protection: Securing USB Drives (PDF)
To further protect PC’s that have access to sensitive data, the Dell Data Protection (DDP) client detects and encrypts USB/Flash drives when they are plugged into an encrypted system. This document will step you through the process of accessing data on an encrypted USB drive.

Cisco AnyConnect: Connecting to Secure and PeopleSoft Shares (PDF)
A VPN connection through Cisco AnyConnect is required to access SecureShare or PeopleSoft network file services. This document will step you through how to connect to these shares via Cisco AnyConnect.

Cisco AMP: Malware Analysis Software (PDF)
The Cisco AMP agent is installed on designated faculty/staff computers and can be seen running in the system tray. Cisco AMP will monitor files on your computer as well as files that are being downloaded to the computer.

Spirion Identity Finder: Performing a Scan (PDF)
Because data breaches are so prevalent and can be costly to the University, TU has made Spirion Identify Finder available to all faculty and staff. Spirion Identify Finder is a software program that scans both laptops and desktop computers for the purpose of identifying personally identifiable information (PII).

Spirion: Setting up a Recurring Scan (PDF)
By default, Spirion is setup to only scan your hard drive, personal share drive (H: drive) and any attached USB storage devices. If you are the sponsor of a custom or departmental share drive, it is recommended that you run a monthly scan in order to identify PII and move it to a secure share drive or secure shred it. This self-help document will guide you through the steps required to setup a recurring scan.

Spirion Identity Finder: FAQ (PDF)
Spirion Identity Finder is an application that runs on Windows or Mac that can scan for Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on your local computer or on a shared network drive to which you have access. It also provides a way to remediate such information once it is identified.

OpenDNS is a high-tech company that provides easy to implement Internet navigation and web security solutions. Open DNS increases the speed of navigating websites and prevents unintended access to phishing and malware sites.


Using the "Report Phish" Button in Outlook (PDF)
Phishing involves the use of seemingly legitimate email messages to deceive consumers into disclosing private information. To make it easy for TU employees to report potential phishing attempts, a report phishing button is now available in Outlook. Clicking this button sends the potential scam to the Office of Information Security team for review, and deletes the email from your inbox.


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