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.

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 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.

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

Identity Finder: FAQ (PDF)
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 (PDF)
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.

Spam and Phishing (PDF)
This document explains spam and phishing and will give you some tips on how to prevent these types of unwanted email.

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