It’s Time to Get Shredded!

Keep your identity safe by shredding documents containing personal information, like bank statements, paystubs and cancelled checks. Simply recycling or throwing documents away these treasure troves for identity thieves is not enough to protect valuable information. Here’s a quick tip: If you ditch those mail statements and go paperless with your accounts, you can protect your information, save paper, and save on potential hidden fees. The University makes shredding convenient: stop by Zone 3 South on Friday, July 14th for the 13th annual Shred Fest. The event is free and provides peace of mind with secure disposal through Iron Mountain. Not sure what to bring or how to prepare? Visit their website with everything you need to know on Shred Fest.


Are you familiar with the Data Security Classifications Policy?

Are you familiar with the Data Security Classifications Policy?

University employees often have access to sensitive information. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the Data Security Classifications Policy and understand the difference between High, Moderate and Low Risk information to ensure you responsibly handle confidential data and prevent security breaches or HIPAA violations. If you have a question on data classifications, contact your sector’s information security officer: Mark Bakerfor research and education or Jim Purvis for clinical and administrative or the Office of Counsel.


Are you sharing too much information on email?

While there is a proliferation of new communication tools, electronic mail (email) is still a primary means of communication both within the University of Rochester and externally. It allows quick and efficient conduct of business, but if used carelessly or unlawfully, it carries the risk of harm to the University and members of its community. With so many hackers trying to bombard us with scams and gain access to our accounts, it’s important to remain vigilant and know whether the information you’re sharing is high, moderate or low risk data. The University of Rochester has a helpful guide for Email Use Policy to help you better understand what scope of sharing is acceptable and what to do if your email or credentials have been compromised.