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Office of the UW Chief Information Security Officer

The Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) promotes a culture of shared responsibility to safeguard personal and institutional data. Services are designed to assist the UW community by monitoring, analyzing, and forecasting threats to information assets, advising on risk management and on contracts related to data security, providing in-person and online education, consulting on incident management, and developing and managing University policies related to information security.

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Security and privacy news


  • Secure your Zoom meetings and recordings

    March 30, 2020

    Prevent unauthorized access to your online courses, meetings, and cloud recordings with these security settings in Zoom.

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  • Don’t be an April fool! Back up your data and devices

    March 25, 2020

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    March 31 is World Backup Day. Make sure your data and devices are backed up frequently on a secure drive, server or storage. A backup can help you maintain access to your data if your device is lost or stolen, if a hard drive fails, or if a computer system is compromised by malicious software such as ransomware.

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  • Scams target offsite workers and COVID-19 fears

    March 17, 2020

    Read how to protect yourself from an increase in email, text and phone scams aimed at the UW community as we adapt to new tech tools and working practices in order to inhibit the spread of COVID-19.

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  • Keep forgetting your passwords at work? Get a password manager

    February 3, 2020

    Reduce your risk by automatically filling in passwords for the sites you use for work and safely share passwords with others by using LastPass, a secure browser-based password management tool. Available to UW staff with a valid budget.

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  • Update your privacy settings and stay safe online

    January 17, 2020

    With Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, now is a good time to make sure your privacy and data are safe online. Want to view or change your privacy/security settings, but don't know where to find them? Use these direct links to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.

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  • Beware of phishing emails asking for W-2 information

    January 15, 2020

    Learn how to protect yourself from cybercriminals who try to steal an employee’s login credentials so that they can download Wage and Tax Statements (Form W-2). They then can use the W-2 information to electronically file a fraudulent federal income tax return in the employee’s name. By changing the bank account number, the cybercriminals receive the refund. Fortunately, your vigilance and Duo, the UW’s two-factor authentication system, can play a pivotal role in protecting employee data.

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Last reviewed August 8, 2019