Keeping Your Data Safe With Illini Secure

In the ever-changing world of information security, teamwork is essential to successfully staving off threats, and you are the first line of defense. Illini Secure is a new program that enables security liaisons in units across campus to help you protect your data by promoting  privacy and security best practices, training, security evaluations, and increasing security awareness.

Chief Privacy and Security Officer, Joe Barnes, will present on Illini Secure on Wednesday October 12 from 12-1pm in iSchool room 126. No registration is required attend.

About Illini Secure

We know that data...all kinds of data...are stored on campus servers, on local devices, and in the cloud. But what kinds of data? Where is it stored? How sensitive is it? What types of security measures are in place to keep it safe? The first step in data security is knowing what kinds of data are stored and where.

For example, think about how well you know your local community.

You’re somewhat familiar with your city, your neighborhood, or even your street. You recognize it, and you recognize the houses, and you likely (hopefully!) recognize your neighbors; you may even know their names. But can you explain the layouts of their homes? How many bathrooms do they have? Bedrooms? Do they have a fireplace, or a formal dining room?

You may never know who sleeps in which bedroom (and, yes, it would be a bit odd to ask), but through discussion you may learn that your neighbors four doors down have three kids and they each have their own bedroom.

That level of knowledge, knowing that each kid has his own room, is much akin to what Illini Secure is hoping to achieve. Security doesn’t need to know or access your data, but having a general idea of they types and sensitivity helps provide better security. Illini Secure is an effort to pull together that kind of information across campus.

In upcoming months, Information Technology (IT) groups from across campus will be conducting an IT Security assessment as part of Illini Secure. The assessment will be used to help units and the University better manage and align IT Security risk with the University’s strategic goals. During the assessment, faculty, researchers and grad students may be asked by IT staff to provide information related to how they utilize IT resources and what types of data (i.e. FERPA, health data, financial, etc.) they work with.