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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


  • 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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  • Connect to your files, resources on the UW network with Husky OnNet

    December 18, 2019

    Mobile phone with screenshot of Husky OnNet

    Access files on the UW network from off campus using a UW secure virtual private network (VPN), like the free Husky OnNet for current students, faculty and staff. Off-campus access to UW resources on the UW network through remote desktop or a file-sharing application require a VPN. But web-based UW resources and services, such as uw.edu web pages, Canvas, UW G Suite and UW Office 365 do not require a VPN.

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  • Protect confidential information sent by fax and multifunction machines

    December 17, 2019

    Photo of a multifunction copy machine with flying papers around it

    Learn how copy, print and fax devices can be vulnerable to cybercriminals and best practices for protecting them. Multifunction copy, print and fax devices can retain confidential data, personally identifiable information and even protected health information. As these machines are subject to the same data security vulnerabilities as other computing technology, the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) offers this risk advisory to help you understand and employ best practices for these devices.

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  • Dispose of old computers and mobile devices securely with these resources

    December 9, 2019

    heap of old computers and old devices piled up

    Learn how to delete data completely from computers and devices before you surplus or recycle them. Old desktops, laptops, and mobile and portable storage devices may contain UW information, such as personally identifiable information, cached login credentials, or other confidential data that can be compromised if the device is not securely disposed.

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  • Tired of getting junk faxes? Email UW-IT for help

    December 3, 2019

    A fax with ?!?! comes out of the fax machine

    You can reduce the number of junk faxes by blocking all fax calls shown as anonymous. Just send an email to help@uw.edu with the subject line “junk faxes,” and include in your message your UW fax number and a request to block anonymous callers.

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Last reviewed August 8, 2019