Computer Security Resources

Take Home Messages

1) Computer security at UCSC depends on everyone being responsible for the computing systems and data over which they have control.

2) Be wary of schemes to subtly or not-so-subtly get you to disclose sensitive or restricted information, or your password.

3) Use cryptic passwords that can’t be easily guessed. Never share your passwords, and don’t write them down.

4) Don’t open email attachments or click on web links unless you know for certain that what you are opening is safe.

5) Be careful about providing personal, sensitive or confidential information on the internet. This includes Instant Messaging (IM) social networking sites, blogs, etc.

6) Always secure your computer before leaving it unattended, and make sure it requires a password to start up or wake up.

7) Protect Restricted and Confidential data, and dispose of it securely.

8) Make sure your workstation has all necessary security “patches” and anti-virus software, and that they are kept up to date.

9) Don’t install unknown or unsolicited programs on computers.

10) Report suspected IT security incidents to your supervisor and the ITS Support Center (459-HELP, Report stolen equipment to the UCSC Police Department: 459-2231 or See for instructions.

Key Resources

Additional Security Related Links

IT-Related Policies and Procedures:


Reporting Security Incidents

Protecting PII and other Restricted Data


Mobile Devices and Wireless

Social Engineering